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  • #46
    Martin,

    You've made significant progress this week, and it all looks terrific.

    The end platforms are very cool.

    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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    • #47
      I'm Likin' this build! Very cool indeed. I'm still here lurking and taking notes from those who are in the know... Thanx Thom...

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      • #48
        Basic underbody on this car......but radial couplers to be installed.....

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        • #49
          Will the radial couplers mount to the end sills, or to a block you install closer to the bolster?
          James

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          • #50
            I always enjoy seeing your usual sharp work. Is two truss rods the usual for this type of car?

            -Cody

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            • jbvb
              jbvb commented
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              Truss rods were used on almost everything with wood body & frame, except hopper cars. Usually the truss rods were kept even when a steel underframe was installed after WWI; steel beams between the couplers bore the force of longer trains while the truss rods continued to keep the body more or less square.

            • mwbpequod
              mwbpequod commented
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              Actually, for traction box trailers the number of truss rods varied - kit was set up for just 2, although I have in the past routinely installed 4. I've seen cars with 6 where some were doubled; extra capacity, I guess.

          • #51
            Originally posted by jbvb View Post
            Will the radial couplers mount to the end sills, or to a block you install closer to the bolster?
            The radial couplers will get mounted a good distance back from the end sills to come close to maintain the same arc of movement as the curved end sill.
            In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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            • #52
              So, I'm going to use these parts to make a set of radial couplers...

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              • #53
                Parts look like this:

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                • #54
                  I'm interested in see how radial couplers are installed. It looks straightforward enough from looking at the bits. Do they come in different lengths to match the radius of the end of the car or is the a kind of industry standard?

                  Looking forward to the next step!

                  -Cody

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                  • #55
                    The kit radial couplers from PSC and the assembled ones from Q-car are set in their length. Assembling the PSC (Kemtron) ones and getting them to work smoothly is 3-5 steps down the road to insanity... Those and the Q-car ones are also dummy couplers. If you want something operating, you're on your own.

                    That row of dimples on the flat part lets you set the length by drilling through at your choice for the mounting screw. This set-up then also lets you use a Kadee so you get an operating coupler. Brass parts are however a bit "fat" - time with a file and/or Dremel is expected.

                    Real question is can I just make my own easier and faster - stay tuned!
                    In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                    • #56
                      And they go together like this............

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                      • #57
                        Ah, that answers some questions, now to see what I can cobble together in HO scale..!

                        -Cody

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                        • mwbpequod
                          mwbpequod commented
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                          It's a very reasonable DIY in O scale. In fact, I think what I can DIY may be easier to work through. May have to write that up and publish it somewhere, LOL!

                      • #58
                        So, fast forward with paint and other little bits added and we're done here....

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                        • #59
                          That looks great! And I very much like the green. I will one day have a go at one of these in HO scale (how long have I been saying that?)

                          -Cody

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                          • #60
                            Well done, Martin.
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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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