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  • "Choices Challenge" Z Scale Tank Car

    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



  • #2
    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

    Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

    My current build.

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

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    • #3
      Nice start, Scott.

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

      George
      Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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      • #4
        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!
        Dave

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        • #5
          Good start!

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          • #6
            Hell I couldn't even do it in O-Scale. This will be an interesting build.
            Jerry



            "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                I'm with Ray, we are at the opposite end of scale but still very very interesting.

                Bob
                http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102

                http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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.


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                    • #11
                      Excellent work, Scott.
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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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                      • #12
                        Wow Scott, impressive.
                        Carl

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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            Very Impressive, my eyes and hands are cringing

                            Bob
                            http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102

                            http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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                            • #15
                              Nice work!

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