What's on your workbench?

JR59 Jan 29, 2006

  1. JR59

    JR59 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'm wondering what's on your workbench right now.
    I'm still working on the Trestle.
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    Please post also your Photos.
     
  2. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This is my roofwalk removal project. :D [​IMG]

    [ January 29, 2006, 07:26 PM: Message edited by: shamoo737 ]
     
  3. Torsja

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    Realy nice JR59 [​IMG]

    I'm also working on a new trestle for my layout.
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  4. henrikH

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    i am working on my suitecase layout and my new micro enginering train station

    (photos later)

    but torsja, what is it under the bridge? hehe
     
  5. david f.

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    i've finished converting a MTL F-7 into an FT, painted in Rio Grande Royal Gorge scheme (4 stripe). I'm now working ont he B unit conversion. it's looking good.

    i could post a pic of the engine, but i'm thinking the effect will be lost if i don't also have the B attached (they ran as a pair, essentially).

    dave f.
     
  6. JR59

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    Hello Dave

    I like your conversions to Rio Grande schemes and I'm jealous when I see your work.

    And Torsja, I'm a big Fan from your work too and I visit your Website often. You'r one of the best! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. rray

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    You guys have great projects going on. I have been working on a Fire Lookout tower for Loren Snyder. Here is a quick shot:
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    I'm going to trade it for a bunch of his hand made trees.

    I really like trestles, they make cool projects. I did one last summer, but after doing it, I don't want to do another one any time soon. Lots of work! [​IMG]

    -Robert
     
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  9. JR59

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    What a beautiful Fire Lookout. I can imagine this on my small diorama with the smokey Bear Diesel and Cars. What can I trade to you to get one of this Lookouts? ;)
     
  10. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wow such excellent things happeing in this Z scale forum,

    The porjects are excellent, look forward to seeingmore of your work guys.
     
  11. RSmidt

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    John, I'm curious about your roofwalk removal project as I was considering doing this myself. I am deliberating whether this would be easier or whether just making a resin casting of one of the roofwalkless roofs would be easier and then grafting that on to a car with the roof completely cut off.

    I want to kitbash some gondolas, woodchip cars, and various boxcars, but won't get a chance until after NTS. I'm doing admin stuff for the Z module display and trying to clean up my modules before then.

    Randy
     
  12. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Randy, to remove the walkway the way I did it is too time consuming. I used a Dremol too to etch the walkway off, but I am not entirely happy with it.The problem its the walkway is a solid plastic, so its very hard to take it out.If you could make a mold of the roof without walways, I think that is the way to go.
     
  13. HoboTim

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    Roofwalk-less Roofs!

    It is a shame that MTL never made their 50' Boxcars with interchangeable roofs depending on the era you are modeling. As for me, I can only use the boxcars without roofwalks.

    Now, I have thought about making a mold of the 50' rib side boxcar roof, but the roof on this boxcar, if I remember right, is pitched at a high angle where as all the other 50' boxcars with roofwalks have low angle roofs.

    Looks like a job for a scratch builder! Make a nice compatible roof, mold it, cast it, and offer to change them out for Wanting Z scalers!

    I have thought of using a hobby blade on the roofwalk once or twice. Never did. The last roofwalk boxcar I had left after an ebay auction nearly a year ago!

    Now that I have stated this, please don't ask if I am actually still thinking about making a replacement roof for MTL 40' and 50' boxcars. My Ottawa, sinus infection, and visits to my fiances mother in the hospital have me pretty much booked for a few more weeks.

    Ugh!

    But! If someone is actually thinking of doing this, I'll help where ever I can!

    [​IMG] Tim
     
  14. shamoo737

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    Ok, its done. Randy, you scratch build the roof, and Tim will make the castings. I like it when things are simple. [​IMG]
     
  15. david f.

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    i wish i'd thought of this earlier. i had a roof from the 50 box (roof only) without roofwalk.

    it was ready to use for a casting. what would have been great about this is with a groove down the inside middle, i could easily have flatted it out to look like the flatter 50' roof.

    i would consider removing the roofwalk and doing this, if someone could or would cast it for us. then i could either glue the old roof on or one of the cast ones.

    here's the car:
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    i made it out of an n scale box car i trimmed down and used MTL N scale box car doors for the ends.
    dave f.
     
  16. shamoo737

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    David, another great kitbashing. For people like me, someone with a small layout, its no problem. But, for someone with modules, kitbahing 50 cars maybe a problem. I think the ultimate solution to make a resin casting of a roof without walkways.
     
  17. rray

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    I was thinking of how I could easily take those bogus roofwalks off all my MTL cars, and found a mass solution.

    I laser cut a cardboard template with rectangles the size of the outside dimensions of the boxcar shells, then drop a shell in each slot.

    Next I reduce the size of each rectangle cutout, to be the inside dimension ( did I spell dimension correctly? [​IMG] we need a spell checker in the UBB software) of the MTL boxcars, and focus the laser on the top of the boxcars, and let the laser do the work.

    Now just a little cleanup with a needle file and exacto blade, and it's ready for a nice resin roof, and etched brass roofwalk for that finescale appearance! [​IMG]


    -Robert
     
  18. HoboTim

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    Robert, the reason we want to rid ourselves of the roofwalk is to make the boxcars modern. :D If MTL can't do it, we must find a way!

    I like your idea of how to cut the roof out. Beats using a dremel with cutoff disk. :D

    Casting a roofwalk-less roof would be very easy! Could make one master and many molds.

    [​IMG] Tim
     
  19. david f.

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    shamoo737,
    i totally agree with you. the question raised here, however, was finding a roof to make a cast of. i offered to take off my roof if that would provide the means.

    kitbashing is fun, but it doesn't satisfy the mass need.

    the roof-offer is still available if anyone wants to accept it.
    dave f.
     
  20. John Bartolotto

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    Robert,

    Now if you can do that to the Father Nature reefers and change the roofs and doors to make it a box car circa 1890 then I will send you every Father Nature reefer I can get my hands on for a conversion.

    John Bartolotto
     

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