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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/09/2021 :  10:00:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will be scratch building a tank car used by the Union Tank Line. The car was produced in the years 1885-1890 by the Harrisburg Car Works.

This car is on the list of cars run on the CNE and what I want to create for a future CNE layout.

I will be using mostly brass. The ends will be turned down binding nuts. The chassis will either be brass or wood. The trucks will be off the shelf.

I made a drill jig out of plastic block to locate the dome.

Here is what I have so far.

Scott



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robert goslin
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Posted - 01/09/2021 :  11:27:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like it will be an excellent build Scott.
In Z scale that's very fine work. I have enough trouble in N.


Regards Rob

My current build.
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George D
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Posted - 01/10/2021 :  07:37:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice start, Scott.

If I didn't see the pictures, I'd say scratch building in Z scale was impossible.

George


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Guff
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Posted - 01/10/2021 :  10:01:58 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Scott, next picture can you put a dime in the photo so we can all appreciate the small size and your building challenges?
Nice work with the brass!


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Bill Gill
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Posted - 01/10/2021 :  10:34:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good start!


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 01/10/2021 :  11:44:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hell I couldn't even do it in O-Scale. This will be an interesting build.

Jerry

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Ray Dunakin
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Posted - 01/11/2021 :  12:13:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very cool! It will be interesting to see something built at the far end of the scale from mine (1/24th).


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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/11/2021 :  04:45:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm with Ray, we are at the opposite end of scale but still very very interesting.

Bob


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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/11/2021 :  07:09:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rob, George, and Bill
Thank you.
Guff,
I'll try to remember to add some coinage.
Jerry, Ray, and Bob,
I've always wanted a large outdoor layout. I envy the amount of detail you can add without a microscope!
Scott



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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  08:38:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Set aside some time this week for the tank car and turned down the end caps for the tank, cut 5/32 tube
for the "turret", and turned the cap for the "turret.
I'm using the plain half of the binding nut to create the end caps. The binding nuts have a curved head
that is close in scale to the actual curved end caps on the prototype.
I turned down a round head slotted brass screw to match the "turret" diameter and reduced the head height to .02".
If you notice, I have scribed in tank sections. I think they are a bit light, so I'll have to go in and deepen them.
Next step is to solder everything.
I am still debating on a brass or wood chassis with as much detail as I can get.
Scott

Sorry for the fuzzy picture.






Edited by - CNE1899 on 01/15/2021 08:46:31 AM

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  09:17:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excellent work, Scott.


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Carl B
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  09:22:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow Scott, impressive.


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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  1:33:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike and Carl,
Thank you.
Mike, the plans for this tank car are in White's book, page 374-75.

Scott



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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  4:12:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very Impressive, my eyes and hands are cringing

Bob


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Ray Dunakin
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Posted - 01/16/2021 :  12:24:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice work!


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 01/16/2021 :  08:57:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is super!!!

Jerry

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