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  • #31
    I've completed the underframes with the addition of queenposts and trussrods. I made my own for more detail and more accurate "needle beam" cross section. A photo of the end of an early B&O car shows that the two truss rods were close to the center sills. Cars of this era often lacked turnbuckles so I did not install any.

    I'll be doing a number of substitutions during this build, recalling a certain song by The Who.



    I'm looking forward to getting the sheathing on, the next step. After a year of largely working in resin for rolling stock it's nice to work again in wood. I tire of the ACC fumes, resin fumes when casting, resin dust--I've been wearing a mask lately--and "plastic" feel of the resin. I now cast under a hood or in my open garage, thus limiting the season when I can cast models. Just as well perhaps.

    Mike
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    • #32
      Since I'm building a couple of boxcars, seems appropriate to make headway on the car shop. Here are some views:



      The roof is next, for which I have trusses made and rafters stained, ready to assemble.



      This shows a little of the interior, which has all the framing, but I probably won't detail it too much. I'll add the rail last.



      The machine shop I am planning will go on the far end, which is open for now. I've made a couple of sketches for the machine shop based on an insurance map but nothing is settled as yet.

      Mike

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      • #33
        Looks very nice indeed! I envy you in that you have space for such a building.

        Will the tracks be installed later? I can't see them in the photos.

        Hakan

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        • #34
          That shop is impressive. A nice place for some of your fine cars to hang out when they aren't making money.

          The shop you have planned for this building is a wood shop?
          It's only make-believe

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          • #35
            Mike, how big is that shop?

            George
            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • #36
              Thank you for the comments and questions.

              Hakan, I don't really have the space right now, but intend to make space. The prototype was situated in a roughly triangular area where two railroads crossed at a right angle and a curved track connectied the two for interchange. The building sort of fits this space on my layout, but just. I plan to complete the structures then decide what adjustments to track are needed. I may expand the whole area to match the prototype.

              Bob, the building that connects will be the machine shop we have corresponded about. An adjacent building was an engine house, so I figure the machine shop is for some engine as well as car repairs.

              George, the building so far is about 150 ft long. The attached machine shop will add another 80 ft or so in length.

              Mike
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              • #37
                Hakan,

                Forgot to answer one of your questions. The building is just sitting on an empty spot on my layout. Once completed, I will work it into the scenery, lay track to the shops, and add the rail in the shop itself.

                Mike
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                • #38
                  I've been working on my two B&O 28' boxcars, both shortened from longer B.T.S. kits. Only one of the kits included the distinctive herringbone ends but I had some ends left over from previous kits. Unfortunately I had to use one with an opening for an end door so I filled in the hole with a rectangle cut from yet another leftover end. I think once the grabs, brake staff and platform, and vertical board in the center were added, the fix is not too noticeable.



                  Trucks are Tahoe 5-footers, painted and weathered following a suggestion in the on line Model Railroad Hobbyist: paint trucks with a brown (I used Floquil rail brown); mix a goop of black weathering powder with water, slather it on the truck, and let dry; scrub excess dried goop off with stiff brush. The result is not quite brown, not quite gray. I used Bragdon powders, which stick pretty good, so not much came off. Still, I like the results.

                  I've not added door stops yet as they will end up right in the area of the lettering I plan to use from Clover House with the large B & O. Paint and lettering awaits warmer weather.

                  These kits are just plain fun.

                  Mike

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                  • #39
                    Mike, I really had to hunt to find the patch. I don't think it will be noticed at all after painting. Both cars are looking good.
                    It's only make-believe

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                    • #40
                      I agree with Bob, if you hadn't pointed it out I would not have seen it.

                      Nice looking cars. I have built two without the herringbone ends and I agree they are a joy to build.

                      Hakan

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                      • #41
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                        Originally posted by masonamerican


                        I agree with Bob, if you hadn't pointed it out I would not have seen it.

                        Nice looking cars. I have built two without the herringbone ends and I agree they are a joy to build.

                        Hakan


                        Hakan

                        Yes, I believe I spotted one of your B.T.S. box cars in photos you posted in the Challenge thread. I try to have one or two kits on hand to take when I'm going to stay in a hotel for work. The PRR 28' car is a really useful kit as it can be modified easily if one overlooks some of the extra holes for un-needed grabs etc etc.

                        I carry current projects in a hard-shell brief case and I've gotten so I rarely forget a necessary tool or glue. Sometimes I forget to take something for a work surface but every hotel here has a pad of paper by the phone and that is sometimes all I need.

                        Only one B.T.S. kit left so I need to order more soon.

                        Mike
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                        • #42
                          My Car Shop made a great leap forward in the past several weeks as I started constructing the removable roof. I assembled the trusses some time ago and linked them with 6 by 8's running the length of the building. Quite fragile at that point. Yesterday evening and this morning I cut out the rafters and stained them. For interior wood not exposed to wea6ther I use a light brown stain to represent the oxidation that takes place once wood is exposed to air.



                          Adding the rafters has gone much faster than I anticipated, partly because of the spacing jig I've been using:



                          I have about a third of the rafters done:



                          Once I complete assembling the roof framing, I'll add boards lengthwise to hold the "slate." When everything is glued together, the roof is really quite sturdy, which it will have to be to withstand handling.

                          Mike

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                          • #43
                            Looking good Mike. Is that stain linseed of acrylic based?
                            It's only make-believe

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                            • #44
                              Bob,

                              It's a water-based furniture stain I bought about 20 years ago.

                              Mike
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                              • #45
                                Today I completed the two Baltimore and Ohio 28ft boxcars I started in January. I was waiting for relatively warm weather to do the painting. I read somewhere that B&O boxcars were painted a brown color like chocolate. I used Floquil Roof Brown followed by Clover House dry transfers. I weathered them lighly with Bragdon gray and brown powders.

                                The third car is another modified B.T.S. kit of the B&O M-2 boxcar.



                                The boxcar fleet is expanding at an alarming rate. I really must get those gondolas finished.

                                Mike

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