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    Just something I picked up off the bay a week ago; looked & felt a little on the large size and lo and behold it matched right up with the set of 17/64th's plans I have for this car....



    Pre-dates me for sure and was surely a kit that was assembled very well; roof is removable but only because the glue on it failed - body is tight & solid. Queenposts go through the body and there are nuts insde securing them....

    A little cleaning and re-attaching the one truss rod and this car is ready to roll!
    In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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    Picked these 2 up recently; both have quite a few years on them, but still have a bit of charm to them as well.

    1st is a nice little box trailer; rounded corners on the ends with end doors. Was missing one of the trucks so I added a pair of the arch bars that I routinely use these days.



    2nd is a simple flat car with rounded end. This may appear a tad crude -- seems to be made from tin or steel wrapped around the wood block tacked togehter -- but those stake pockets are soldered on more neatly than I could do it and the ends soldered together on the wrap around is neatly done as well. A simple car neatly done -- thinking about adding decking to it, but then again maybe I'll just be leaving it alone..........


    In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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    • #3
      I like traction rolling stock allot, the rounded ends on the flat are really neat.

      Cool stuff!

      -Cody

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      • #4
        These are really COOL-looking models!![:-basketball] If traction modelers, in general, are considered somewhat of a "minority" in the grand scheme of model railroading, than traction FREIGHT truly must be an ULTRA-minority!![:-bigeyes2]

        Which, truly, would be sad, for, all anyone has to do is to start reading up on the interurban systems of old to discover for themselves just how fascinating and diverse traction freight was, long, long ago! PE, CNS&M, LVT......well, as you might suspect, the list can (and does) go on and on......[^] John
        "I LIVE FOR VINTAGE VARNISH"

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        • #5
          I'd say a minority in the extreme as I know of only a few individuals that build such cars and let me fold in another minority variable for you --> O scale,
          In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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          • #6
            I'm back to this specific car having repaired the truss rods and how they were mounted, but what I'm not sure about is what to do about the cracked door.





            The scribed siding that was used cracked right through the inside hung door. I can patch this; put a bit of wood behind it and fill the crack with wood putty easily enough, but I'm not going to get the color matched up.

            I'm open to suggestions.

            BTW, this car is 17/64th's.
            In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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            • #7
              Traction freight in 17/64th might be an ultra-ultra minority..! I wonder if anyone dose Proto 48 or On3 traction...

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              • #8
                If worse comes to worse, fill the crack and bring it over to my house, and we'll get Olimpia* to match the paint color.

                dave

                * one advantage of having a formally trained artist for a wife :-)
                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by acousticco


                  Traction freight in 17/64th might be an ultra-ultra minority..! I wonder if anyone dose Proto 48 or On3 traction...


                  Pretty sure that I have seen Proto-48 traction, but no On3 yet despite there existing prototypes for On3. It's been something lurking at the back of my mind,[:-bigeyes2]

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                  If worse comes to worse, fill the crack and bring it over to my house, and we'll get Olimpia* to match the paint color.


                  I may take you up on that offer! It's a combination of color and patina - car has to originally be from the '30s, I think.

                  I do wish I could stuble on a case of the radial couplers on it though - they are really excellent despite being dummy couplers.
                  In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                  • #10
                    You could remove the door, or even have it half open, with some bundles of freight inside.

                    Say a few bundles of the newspaper, with a freight handler sitting on a bundle, reading one of the papers?
                    cheers,

                    Mike O



                    Euro-style modeling on a 2 by 5 foot module.

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                    • #11
                      Had not considered removing or "opening" the door...

                      Not sure that I can w/o causing other dmamge, but it's certainly an idea worth considering!!
                      In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                      • #12
                        Well, this one just arrived yesterday and I just started taking a good look at it.

                        Older than I am, sides are scribed cardboard. Trucks are Walthers with the axles wrapped with lead and there's a lead weight nailed where a center sill might have been put. It's plenty heavy and will go on a diet.

                        Nice Wagner radial couplers though!

                        Not much I can do to this to upgrade it w/o destroying it, so I'll leave it alone after cleaning it up a bit.


                        In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                        • #13
                          While sitting around watching paint dry on stuff, I removed the trucks from the Old Colony car and salvages the sheet - useful in side a car someday - and the lead bar stock center sill. Car is still plenty heavy -- must be more lead inside it! I know that some folks think that the NMRA weighting might be out of date and that withe today's better trucks, etc that cars could be bit lighter, but this car will never be as light as the current recommendations,

                          The Walthers cast trucks get "retired" = eBay. New Athearn Archbars with IM wheelsets to save a little weight and add better rolling properties. And, sinc it's got that "naked underbody" look, I'm going to add a bit of an underbody framing, queen posts, brake cylinder, truss rods, turnbuckles and a coat of paint underneath, too.
                          In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                          • #14
                            It just got bumped off the queue by this:



                            an All Nation IT Reefer car thart came with a set of operating brass radial couplers (Kemtron??). Total PITA to assemble and get to swivel smoothly.....good amount of detail parts to add and one reefer door hing missing, hinges off the 4 icing doors not there, grab irons, stirrup steps, truss rods, brake cylinder and an air cylinder.......this had a roofwalk, too!
                            In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                            • #15
                              Well, pretty much all done with this one except for a bit of light weathering......




                              In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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