N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. BoxcabE50

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    As I have not seen the MRH discussed, I am not certain how these are applied. Photos and a few captions, please? :)
     
  2. SP-Wolf

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    This weekend's project. I started these about 16 years ago -- figured it was about time they got the attention they deserve. I am now done with details -- next will be touch up paint then I will add the road numbers. 4802, 4806 and 4809. and a few final details - windshield wipers and wind deflectors.

    The start:
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    After adding the details:
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    Looks like a have a few things to straighten out. (Curse you, close up shots!!)

    Thanks,
    Wolf
     
  3. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    Wow, those are tiny! :eek: Keep us posted on whether you have success or not.
     
  4. mtntrainman

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    I super glued those same size magnets on the bottom of each leg of my 4 non-working signal bridges. Stuck another magnet to each of those and then a drop of super glue on the bottom and positioned the bridges until the glue set. Cleaning track is a lot easier when I can just tip the bridges and seperate the bridges from the magnets glued to the layout !! ;)

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  5. John Moore

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    So sitting around waiting for the weather to finally let me get outside, and waiting for the glue to set up on the scenic materials on the layout, my ever active mind started thinking about building some small freight cars for the layout. Following a theme that i have visited before of building cars specific for an industry I am modeling got to thinking about the brewery and small cars in captive service. I have cars for the Moly mine and cars for the stoneworks and have built my own outside frame single sheathed wood boxcars from styrene, and have cars specific for logging. So my mind finally turned to the idea of cars for hops in captive service between the growers and the mill, then to the brewery. Started thinking about two axle short cars last night and looked at some on the internet. What is out there is both too expensive and not what I want. Also looked at making my own one axle designs but again a lot of technical difficulties so decided to stay with the two axle trucks. Looking at a parts box and a supply of styrene car siding I have hatches, doors, roof walks, and a supply of trucks. I also have a small stock of Bandai dummy frames and Bandai trucks left over from the Bandai cars and locos I powered. Two packages of American Limited core kits are also left over from previous projects.
    So laying out the available materials it looks like I have the materials for 5 short 25 foot cars. I will use the wood cores with plastic laminated to the wood. Have just enough roof material in the old American limited kits. The under frames will be the Bandai dummy under frames. Once I have settled on the length and sanded the wood sub structure I will then add weight from the old fishing tackle box glued into holes drilled in the bottom of the wood.

    Due to my advancing age will probably be my last N scale car build, and use up parts that i have laying around, before my family ships my old decrepit self off to the happy acres old geezer home, where I will spend my last days chasing nurses aides around with my walker.
     
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  7. John Moore

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    Weights are added and glued in. Weight now is just under 2 kg. That is a 42 foot box in the back. Depending on how long it takes the glue to set I may start cutting out my car siding out of .040 styrene car siding by Evergreen this evening. Once laminated on the wood core that will bring the total width to 9.5 feet in N scale door and ladder additions will bring it to 10 N scale feet.
     
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  8. J Starbuck

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    I finished this Fairbanks Morse H10-44. It's a Shapeways shell on an Atlas VO1000 chassis.
    It has lots of brass wire bits and Archer detail decals.
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  9. John Moore

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    Cut the sides for the cars and glued support strips for the roofs. Of course every project requires intense supervision by Toby while the Big Guy could care less and has his considerable bulk spread out in front of my chair in the living room.

    Here are the four cars with three having their roofs already glued on. The one next to the 42 foot boxcar is sitting on it's underframe and trucks. The white styrene rib is to give extra support to the curved roof and another area for glue. That is it for tonight as I need to let the roofs completely set before starting on the ends and sides. Weight is now just a shade over 2 kg with the under frame and trucks.
     
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  10. MK

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    2kg???? That's 4.4 pounds!
     
  11. John Moore

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    Forgot a decimal point. How about .500 oz.
     
  12. BoxcabE50

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    WOW. Super nice!
     
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  13. Hansel

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    What are they using the magnets for on the turnouts?
     
  14. Rocket Jones

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    The magnets are attached to the crosstie that moves the points. This holds the points tight to the rail. I'm looking to use these for finger-flick turnouts rather than depending on throws or switch machines.
     
  15. John Moore

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    Still taking a break from the layout and working on my scratch built cars. Wasn't satisfied with the weight and stability of one of the cars I tested with the underframe and wheels I decided to add a little more weight lower down in the body. Went back to the old fishing tackle box and came up with some split shot weight and that seemed to do the trick. Now laminating some more .040 strip styrene on the end with the intention of sanding that to the roof contours but I am going to leave it as is. Since I am going to add roof hatches this makes a nice level spot for the roof walks.
     
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  16. Inkaneer

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    Did a little experimenting and found that the LifeLike E7A shells fit over the Kato E8A chassis. So now I have an E7 ABA set to go with my other Kato E8 AA sets. I'll use the LifeLike dummy E7B unit and add a sound decoder to it.
     
  17. Pie39

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    Did you have to modify anything, or did it just fit?
     
  18. John Moore

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    Made a little more progress in my scratch built hop carrying cars. One photo has a lot going on in it. First I got the four piece end assembled and attached to the four cars. Then I fit the extra Bandai car chassis to the cars and glued them in place so I could use the extra Bandai freight trucks I have. The trucks are sans sideframes designed to take the sideframes that come in the car kits. So I could leave them as is and say they are inside bearing trucks or I went into my stock of MT trucks and cut the sideframes off leaving a tab to fit the slot in the Bandai trucks. I could mount MTs with a screw but the Bandai trucks are better rolling than the MTs and metal wheels and I have Kato knuckle couplers in them. I have done one truck already as a test and just deciding which way to go. From the spare parts box have come some MT roof walks and boxcar doors. Ladders are going to be from a stock of Gold Medal ladders. Going to be a three in one car with Hops loading by bag, bulk hops through the roof hatches, and a discharge chute under the cars for unloading bulk.
    Cars will be run as a four unit consist in service between the Hops mill and the customer.
     
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  19. Inkaneer

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    No modification necessary. They just slipped on with a click, no slop.
     
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  20. John Moore

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    So far today I have got the corner braces installed .060 angle and the roof walks installed, modified MT roof walks with more .060 angle for support. And the side doors are now in place with their tracks. Next up is to install the supports for the ladders and stops for the side doors. Once all that is done time out to paint. Probably going to go with all white cars with black lettering.
     
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