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  • Frank and Greg,

    Thank you for looking in and for your stimulating comments.

    Thinking about it, I can say that these cars and ones I worked on earlier this month represent about a century of techniques:

    - Because I wanted the unusual runnnng board on the 3D printed model, I built the roof from styrene sheet and strip.

    - A couple of weeks ago I built a boxcar from a BTS laser kit. I think laser kits started appearing in the 1990’s if I recall correctly.

    - And last week my lumber load was for a flat car I’d scratchbuilt from scale lumber a few years ago. Now that’s truly old school.

    Mike
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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • Just wanted to stop by and tell you what an amazing job your doing on your layout. The cars look top notch. Good work takes time and great work takes even longer. Keep up the great work.
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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      • Nice looking cars, Mike! And, quite a variety of building techniques, as you pointed out.

        I am in the process of scratchbuilding a LVRR ice service car from 1911. The car is quite a bit before my layout's time. But, I wanted to build something with a K brake system as I work on the Cars certificate for the NMRA Achievement Program.

        The car has similar end sills as the 3D printed cars you are building. When you get to that point, I would love to see how the brake staff connects to the rod under the car.

        Chuck

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          Originally posted by Larryc


          Just wanted to stop by and tell you what an amazing job your doing on your layout. The cars look top notch. Good work takes time and great work takes even longer. Keep up the great work.


          Thank you, Larry, for your kind words.
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          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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            Originally posted by wvrr


            Nice looking cars, Mike! And, quite a variety of building techniques, as you pointed out.

            I am in the process of scratchbuilding a LVRR ice service car from 1911. The car is quite a bit before my layout's time. But, I wanted to build something with a K brake system as I work on the Cars certificate for the NMRA Achievement Program.

            The car has similar end sills as the 3D printed cars you are building. When you get to that point, I would love to see how the brake staff connects to the rod under the car.

            Chuck


            Chuck,
            Thank you.

            I know that the LV used some old cars for ice service in the early 20th Century, but I've never seen a photo of one. I assume you have one and if you do and could post it I'd be interested in seeing it.

            Here is a photo of what I did and also drawings of PRR cars at the time as an example of standard practice.







            In the prototype there is a bracket below the end sill to hold the part of brake staff around which the chain to a brake rod would wind. I don't model the chain or brake rods under the car. All I do is drill a hole through the end sill and let the brake staff extend a little below the end sill. One of the shortcuts I take.

            Mike

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            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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            • After some time with the airbrush I’ve painted the slightly modified BTS 25’ boxcar (left), my resin cast 28’ car and the 3D-printed 28’ car.



              I’ll allow a couple days for the paint to dry thoroughly. Then on to decals.

              Mike
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              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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              • Excellent Mike, And without you telling us I couldn't tell which car is which although I see the boards on the end of the BTS car better.

                Bob
                It's only make-believe

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                  Originally posted by railman28


                  Excellent Mike, And without you telling us I couldn't tell which car is which although I see the boards on the end of the BTS car better.

                  Bob


                  Looks to me like the boards on the BTS cars are wider and so stand out more.

                  Scott
                  There's a prototype for everything.

                  If you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable.

                  DCC is not plug and play.

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                  • Thanks for looking in, Bob and Scott.

                    Being made of wood, the BTS kit has the more obvious boards as compared with the subtlety of the other two, and I think the camera angle emphasizes the difference.

                    Mike
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                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • All three are looking great.

                      You've got one of the coolest TOC19 rolling stock fleets! Love the variety of car types and liveries.

                      Andre

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                      • Andre,

                        Thank you. I’m just having fun. Fortunately for me I’m modeling a railroad that had a lot of history, during a period of expansion for that railroad, interchanging with other interesting railroads. I have a fair number of photos and plans of rolling stock to work from.

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • Thank you for the information, Mike. I figured it was a gamble to see if you modeled the rods and chains, underneath.

                          I wish I had a photo of the car. All I have are the drawings from MR. It did not have any accompanying photos. PM your email address and I will email the scan I have. The scan I have is smaller than scale due to the 2-3 times it has been copied or scanned before I got a copy. And, some of the detail isn't very clear. But, it was something to start with.

                          You have some great looking cars!

                          Chuck

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                          • They look great Mike. Nice faded paint colours.

                            :up:
                            Regards Rob

                            Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                            My current build.

                            https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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                              Originally posted by robert goslin


                              They look great Mike. Nice faded paint colours.

                              :up:


                              Thank you, Rob.
                              I can’t take any credit for the faded appearance. I shot the photo outside in a bright sun.

                              Mike
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                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                              • Well still looks great. Hope I didn't say the wrong thing.
                                Regards Rob

                                Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                                My current build.

                                https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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