Big Fellow: 86' Auto Boxcar

minzemaennchen Feb 2, 2021

  1. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

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    Always wanted some of those impressive cars, so here we go. This time it's a hybrid model: all etched metal parts apart from the Dreadnought ends, which are 3D printed to better show the prototypical shapes. This car series is not for sale yet, I need to do some re-design, most notable the coupler attachment, body-mount is only suitable from R300+ and long shank trucks are not available or there is no willingness to make them available to the public. So stay tuned...

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  2. Kez

    Kez TrainBoard Member

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    Incredible work, Gerd! She's a beautiful monster! ;)
     
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  3. JoeS

    JoeS TrainBoard Member

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    Absolutely one of my favorites! A long shank coupler would be the solution. Got to be a way to modify one. Such a great piece!
     
  4. HemiAdda2d

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    Are you sure that's not an N scale model, because it looks fantastic! Wow! Great work!
     
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  5. shortpainter

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    Amazing! The door details are really clean. Everything looks highly accurate.
     
  6. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

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    Here now in proper SP look
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  7. JoeS

    JoeS TrainBoard Member

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    Your weathering is absolutely second to none!
     
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  8. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

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    Here in Chessie colors. Couplers are now truck mounted.
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  9. Hardcoaler

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    That's some great work! I always loved seeing those impressive cars when I was young.
     
  10. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Love it! On a side note, Ford requested 4-door cars while GM and Chrysler requested 8-door cars like the above.
     
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  11. ddechamp71

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    Awesome, like all your products... :D

    BTW, would you be willing to post here a schematic of this car's coupler system ? I'm considering modifying my AZL autoracks, roughly the same lenght and same proportions, fitting MTL couplers on these.. :)

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  12. CNE1899

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    Gerd,
    Really nice details and paint schemes!

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  13. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

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    Like your thinking, but unfortunetly my design will not help you at all. It's an multi-folded etch piece which is glued on the to top of a truck, therefore it would add to your ride height. The bigger issue is this coupler assembly is supported by a nodge which is sliding in a half-circle opening in the car floor to prevent sagging. See picture
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  14. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Member

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    AZL tried to make an articulating coupler for the Autoracks (one reason for their weight - leverage), like an N manufacturer made, put could not get reliable swing (too much friction). Therefore their long coupler.

    Gerd, those look Soooo good. A nice morning wake up for me (SP) and the Mrs (Chessie)
     
  15. ddechamp71

    ddechamp71 TrainBoard Member

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    Ok minzemaennchen, thank you anyway for your reply. ;)

    Dom
     
  16. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

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    Once stood at the side of one of the real ones in Sacramento, WITHOUT A CAMERA, Dohh!, hugeley impressive vehicle

    Made our British stuff look tiny in comparison

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  17. southernnscale

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    I tried my luck with one! not as great as Gerd! His being etch metal has way more weight and mine are to light but I use a set of passenger car trucks fit well just need to change the color so the don't stand out as much. this one 3D printed not the best! but I tried! did this one last year just setting on the tracks in the yard!
     

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