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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2010 08:18 pm
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4 Wheel Weed Spraying Car






4 Wheel Concept of West Side Lumber Co Block Car





 
West Side Lumber Co. 3-Board Block Car




This is my version of a standard gage car built by Soo Line in 1988, it was Soo Line's Tool & Derrick Car, the original car was 35 feet long and mine was built 5 feet shorter and to narrow gage spec's, the car was built from a Hartford Pr. 30 foot box car kit. 









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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2010 08:27 pm
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Rail Truck & Tank Car

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2010 08:36 pm
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Very nice.

Any chance of you giving us a blow by blow account on how you did it.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2010 09:35 pm
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Don-I have known Shayboiler for quite a while and everything he builds makes me mad! If I could only do 20% of what he does, I would be a happy camper. John is a true master craftsman. The Mogollon Railway is the proud owner of one of John's wooden water cars which will probably be seen in an upcoming switching the mines segment. John's work is truly inspirational when seen live and up close, I am waiting to see his new chain drive lokie which is still in the works. It would be cool for him to explain some ways he builds and methods he uses. I knew everybody would love seeing his models, now that he has that Photobucket business figured out I hope to see plenty more.                         Woodrow



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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2010 11:38 pm
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Free Lance Fire Fighting Car, This car is modeled after Foothill Model Works On30 kit.

 







 


































West Side Lumber Co. Powderhouse Snow Plow













 


 



This is West Side Lumber Co. Number 2 Plow






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Thanks Don,

The rail truck was a 1/18 scale die cast Tow Truck, it was a very simple build but time consuming with some parts, I took the under carriage off and the motor out from under the hood,  I then took the head lights off and removed all the die cast mounting material under the fenders with the exception of the headlight mounts.  I then had to work on the bed of the truck and remove any metal that stuck up from the underside & the inside of the bed.  Then I worked on mounting the rear journals, because there was no way to mount them directly to the truck I had to build a wood frame to hold the journals in place, to do so required cutting the fenders "notching them" for the frame to sit wide enough for the journals & wheel set to role freely. After I figured that out the NWSL gear box that I was using needed to be modified so it would work on the large axle. I used a LGB can motor to power the rail truck, I had to work out the position of the motor to line up with the extended drive shaft I made for the gear box, once I got that figured out I built a frame to hold the can motor in the angle it needed to be in and I used the existing mounting holes that held the under carriage to hold the motor & frame in place, I took a brass threaded "wood insert" and soldered it to the motor frame so the front truck had a sturdy mount. After some wiring and testing I painted & detailed it.

I had some comments to the fact that it wasn't a true 1:20.3 vehicle, but I have a friend who has the real pick-up truck and after all the measurements the die cast model was only out by 3 inches, larger of course but close enough for me.

 

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 Posted: Sun Apr 4th, 2010 09:16 am
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These are all fantastic John.

Thanks for sharing them, I am looking forward to seeing more of the plow as it progresses.



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I have a couple of those fire fighting water cars kits still sitting in the box, your built up /scratch  pictures offer GREAT INSPIRATION and many ideas for detailing.   Tremendously well done. !!!!!!!! :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose: it doesn't get any better than 5 moosies on this forum .

I also have one of those wslc snow plows in a kit too, not really sure which one it is, powder house i think.  Again your build pictures are inspirational. I have saved all the pictures for future reference, for when i eventually get to it. These 2 also get the 5 moosies :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:.

So many projects, so little spare time.

Just finished 3 versions of one building, none named or what they do stated as yet.

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Johns work is certainly of the five moosie caliber!


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 Posted: Sat Apr 10th, 2010 11:42 pm
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Thank You Mike, I have the Fire Car kit as well and yet to build it.

If you have the PowderHouse plow in kit form it would have to be one of Russ Simpsons kits, I believe he was the only one that produced the plow in kit form.

I do know he drew up all the plans for it and my plans of the plow came from him before he passed away,it's sad that he is gone now. 

 

John

 

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