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  • Heath asked me via PM if I thought the end dump cars could be made operational.


    :erm:

    Distracted again.

    :erm:

    Heath,

    I did this quickly using the plastic parts in the kit and some brass rod I had.

    It works, but it would be better to replace the plastic arms from the kit with metal. Also if do make them operational you might want to try using Peco track pins to secure the two arms to the body to keep them attached. I may try a second car when I can get my hands on some thin brass.

    Good Luck.





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    • Larry & Heath, great work on the switches and dumping ore car, there's some very cool work going on here.

      I have done very little with my layout, but I have figured out a path forward for the upper level. Stay tuned!

      -Cody

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      • And to show that I am still working on this project, a little open sided four wheel box car I've been building:



        It's all wood with a pair of sideframes from an English OO9 kit set wider for HO scale wheelsets. This will be part crew car, part toolcar, junk pile, whatever. It's going to be messy!

        -Cody

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        • Happy to see you still at it Cody.

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          • Cody, that's a great looking car.

            Larry, sorry for the distraction, but its fun, isn't it. Here is a sketch of the dump mech for the car.



            So the idea is the car is pushed onto the tipper and a tab on the door holds it in place. The door opens as the tipper rotates. Got the idea of the tipper from Glen Anthony's fantastic layout The Stamping Ground, and thought it could be adapted for an end dump car.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFGktQUNBQM

            You can see the tipper in action near the end of the vid.
            Cheers, Heath.

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            • Not much progress on the layout. Picked up the Minitrains cement cars today. Couple of quick pics showing the dimensions and how it may look on the Grandt Line end dump ore car.





              As you can see the wheels are a little sloppy in the journals, but it doesn't seem to affect performance. I think they look pretty good.

              Has anyone used these cars for On18
              Cheers, Heath.

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              • A bit more work on the ore cart.







                The dimensions are 6' long (including both 6" buffers), 3'6" wide and 2'6". On its own I am happy with the result, but the mine loco is 4'6" wide and in comparison the ore cart looks too small. I will get some pics with the loco and post.

                Thanks for checking in,
                Cheers, Heath.

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                • Here's the cart with the loco.







                  Thinking of making the cart 7' long including buffers 4' wide, and 2' tall, but these dimensions are a guess. Time to break out the graph paper again.

                  Thanks for looking, and your thoughts are welcomed.
                  Cheers, Heath.

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                  • I am not sure I would worry the car is smaller. I think a lot of the cars in the mine were hand pushed some of the time so the were smaller.

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                    • I like the size of the car compared to the locomotive as well, I wouldn't worry about it much myself. I'm looking forward to seeing the contraption that dumps these guys.

                      -Cody

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                      • Thanks guys, I scaled back the size a bit. Only increased the size by 6" scale. This car is 4' wide, 3' tall and 6' long plus buffers equals 7' total.







                        The base is 80 thou styrene sheet and the boards are 40x250 and the bottom board on the end is 40x188. The wood grain was scribed with an x acto knife and the knots are penciled in. I think I will use a sharpie for the knots prior to painting, and hopefully they will show through the paint a bit. I have both some 10 thou sheet brass for strapping and phosphor bronze for the hinge. With the car size sorted and the first one nearly complete, I will be stating on the dump mechanism.
                        Cheers, Heath.

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                        • Cody and Heath, you're doing some nice work building cars.

                          Thanks for sharing.

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                          • Looks like someone is going mining!

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                            • Not in this challenge, but looking at all the

                              neat ideas....Cody & Heath , you are batting 1000!

                              Keep it up!

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                              • Thanks guys. I was able to start on the tipper this pm. The a-frame was made from 1/8 brass angle and is 4'6" at the base and 4'3" tall. The tipper is a total of 6' wide, 5' between the frames. The code 83 rail was notched and curve up to create the wheel stop, like the tipper on The Stamping Ground.



                                Figuring out where to solder the rail so the car is centered. The other bent rail can be seen on upper right.



                                Completed frame. I added a piece of angle to help support the wheel stop.



                                Here the car is tipped to 45 degrees to see how well the wheel stop works.

                                Next the support frame has to be built. and build the door for the car. Thanks for checking in.
                                Cheers, Heath.

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