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  • Kitbasher's Diary - HOn30 12' Hoppers

    I got a half-dozen or so of these broken-down little N scale ore cars at a swap meet last year…



    I’ve finally gotten around to doing something with them…I’m converting them to 12’ HOn30 hoppers…

    I’ve started by trimming, & filing off a bunch of the N scale detail, & making new bracing from styrene…



    I'll keep ya posted on how this one goes!
    -Drew-



    "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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    Drew, you're a far braver fellow than I. I don't recall if I told you this before, but I once dabbled (and that is the appropriate word!) in HOn30 many years ago, when Frary and Hayden were making it popular. I about drove myself :crazy: [:-hypnotized] :crazy: just trying to build a couple of cars. I'd tell you good luck, but I know you well enough to know that you will pull this one off as successfully as all the rest of your kitbash and scratchbash projects. :up:

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    • #3
      Drew, I always love it when you dip into your box of treasures and bash something up!
      Bruce

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      • #4
        I'm anxious to see how this goes Drew. I recently had a discussion with someone about using metal foil inside a frame for hoppers so it can be dinged and bulged outwards realistically. I've tried the old soldering iron on the sides of plastic one's and it just isn't right.
        http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          Drew, You never cease to amaze me how you can turn an ordinary item into a great looking model. Anxious to see the results!

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          • #6
            Thanks guys!

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            Originally posted by MikeC


            ...I once dabbled (and that is the appropriate word!) in HOn30 many years ago, when Frary and Hayden were making it popular. I about drove myself :crazy: [:-hypnotized] :crazy: ...



            Mike,

            That was a very short “drive” for me, & it was one I made a long time ago!

            But yeah, I know what you mean…HOn30 has been an interesting, & at times maddening little trip for me, & don’t worry, I’ll eventually get back to the standard gauge thing, & hopfully be the better modeler for having taken this little fork in the road! [:-graduate] :up:

            Well, here’s the first one…





            I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with these …but what the heck…
            -Drew-



            "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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            • #7
              Talk about a "sow's ear into a silk purse" looks pretty darned good Drew. I'm going to have to borrow this idea when I ever get around to my little HOn30 section for the Lenora Mt. Sicker mine area!

              Tried to scratch-build a couple a few years ago, [:-irked] wasn't satisfied at all with the results (fingers are way too big [:-headache]) but with the base there...I may get it done yet!! [:-jump2]

              Steve

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              • #8
                [:-bigeyes2] :up: Wow! Now thats cool! Ore ,ballast or coal that makes a nifty piece of equipment for any freelance NG layout.

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                • #9
                  Drew, it really turned into a neat piece of equipment. :up:
                  Bruce

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by Drew


                    I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with these …but what the heck…


                    Drew-

                    Very nice cars ... I am sure the local clay works (Just like the M&NF) could make use of those cars.

                    Thanks for posting a great idea and photos of your models,

                    Mark Chase

                    Richmond VA

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