A difficult preparation for inside truss rod.
Hole must be drilled first and than I use a juweler's saw blade for making the sloped opening
... and outside truss rod that is going on top of side wall is inserted
Flour planks have got a cutout for outside truss rods ...
End bocks are fastened against the frame by a fine nail
Small parts for truss rods going outside over side walls: small saddels riding on center of side walls and end blocks
First under body details are added, cross beams for queen post and additional stiffener beams which are glued on main an intermediate sills
See the difference between a new gondola (in front) and an old gondola that is arched up.
The upper end side boards are removed at old gondola.
Walls are glued on floor and end side stakes are added
Preparing Frame/floor for first stakes at end boards
Edges are grinded for a smooth surface
Gluing the side walls and ends together using a small wood jig reaching exact dimension
... and grinding the ends to exact length
Preparing the side walls ...
Frames with floors are ready
"Steel plates" are glued to end sills
Making heavy "steel plates" for end sills
Grinding the end sills
More cars. the WNY&P boxcar is a modified AHM car with Art Griffin decals, the TOC and PRR cars are a homemade resin superstructures with MDC...
P&R kitbashed gondola. Athearn 50 ft gon cut down to resemble a Pressed Steel Car Co. low sided mill gon. MDC cast metal underframe....
A scratchbuilt PRR gondola circa 1902. Styrene body on a MDC cast metal underframe. Westerfield decals.