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  • CNE1899
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    Ron,

    The boxcar frame is nicely done. Thanks for showing how you set up the build!

    Scott

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  • elwoodblues
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    Thanks Mike and Rick.

    I'm very happy with the underside and frame of the care, it's basic but the car is under construction and the brake rigging hasn't been installed yet, that will come after the car is completed.

    Had to support the boxcar frame somehow and thought the cribbing would be the best option.

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  • Rick
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    Ron, underside and frame look very good.
    Those are great how-to tips.
    Thanks.

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  • friscomike
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    Ron, the car is looking good. Thanks for chronicling the build process. The cribbing is fun touch. ~mike

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  • elwoodblues
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    More progress to report, manage to finish the underside of the boxcar. Painted the truss rods a very dark grey along with the turnbuckles. The truss rods are fabricated from brass rods. Whenever I build rolling stock Kits or scratch build rolling stock I always use brass rod for the truss rods as I haven't had much luck making them with mono-filament.


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    In order to build the boxcar off the ground, I built some cribbing to support it. I will stain and weather them to make them look like they have been around a while.


    Now on to the car sides. I was asked how I go about building models so here is a little step by step on how I go about scratchbuilding models. First thing I do is draw some plans. I use Autocad to do this as I am very familiar with the product (been using it for over 25 years).


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    First thing I do is cut out the plan and tape it to my preferred modeling surface, glass. I prefer glass as it is very flat. Pictured here is my "travelling glass", I have a piece of 18" x 24" plate glass at home.



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    Next up I take a piece of wax paper over the plan. White glue does not stick very well to the wax paper making it easy to remove the model once completed.



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    Finally I tape a square to the wax paper to keep everything square when gluing the pieces together. At this point it is time to start cutting strip wood, but that is a project for another day.


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  • elwoodblues
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    Thanks for the comments Mike and Larry.

    Mike, I hear you, got to love the "deer in the headlight" look. I based the drawing on generic boxcar construction, figured, once it is placed inside the building no one will know the difference.

    Larry, I'll do a "step-by-step" approach the building the boxcar sides.

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  • Larryc
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    Ron great start to the boxcar and nice looking frame. I'll have to follow along on how you construct
    the sides and such for future use on my own cars.

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Ron,

    I like the looks of your boxcar. The framing looks very authentic.

    If I mention things like truss rods, turnbuckles and queenposts around our model rr club I get nothing but quizzical looks.

    Mike

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  • elwoodblues
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    Thanks for the encouragement Scott, Mike, Jerry and Rick.

    Rick, It feels great getting back to the workbench.

    Mike, I always use brass rod for the truss rods as I have never been happy with my results using monofiliments. As for the goose-necks, I don't anneal the metal first. I use very thin wall tubing with a rod inside so it doesn't crush when I bend it. When I get to that part I will make sure I show how I do it step by step.

    No actual modelling tonight, but I did draw up plans for the boxcar framing.

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    I also drew the detail for the truss rods so that I have a bending diagram for them, but that is tomorrow's project.

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  • Rick
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    Congrats on getting back to the bench and an excellent start to your boxcar.

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  • TRAINS1941
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    Great start Ron. Looking forward on the how you do it.

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  • friscomike
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    I love those truss rod cars, and yours looks terrific. Will you use wire or monofilament for the truss rods? I had a time bending the tubing for the goose necks until I discovered I was supposed to anneal the metal first. It was still an adventure, so I look forward to hearing how you constructed your goose neck shades. ~mike

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  • CNE1899
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    Ron,

    Nice start on the boxcar!

    Scott

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  • elwoodblues
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    OK, Finally got back to the workbench today to start the boxcar under construction. The boxcar will be 20ft long, this should fit nicely in the building.

    Got the frame and decking done.


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    The underside of the boxcar.


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    Topside showing decking.

    Next up is to finish the bolster and make the truss rods. Also need to draw plans tor the sides, ends and roof framing.

    On a side note I plan to add lighting to the building but realized that while I have the really, really tiny LED's I forgot the lampshades and tubing to make the goose neck lamps so I ordered those today. We shall see how long it takes to get here.

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    Thanks Philip
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