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 Posted: Mon Aug 20th, 2012 02:26 am
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Never again!! I should have learned my lesson when I embarked on scratch building 4 brass Climax engines --that was a horror before it was done-- But No---------- I am a slow learner.
Next I decided to build 20 plus log cars from scratch, making copies of Roundhouse Skeleton Log car. I decided that in as much as the roundhouse car --made of cast pot metal was made to look like a wood car that mine would be real wood.
Here is how they turned out.

The reason I say never again is that there are 42 nut and bolt castings on each car, that means over 840 tiny holes to drill , the straps over the cross bunks are brass, so are the other fittings on the ends of the cars. There are 7 pieces of Bass wood in every car , thats 140 plus chunks of wood to cut and glue!! Believe me before I got them done I HATED the darn things. Then to top it all off I found that you could NOT run a string of them empty. they were so light that every curve they all lifted off the track and formed a staight line from the engine to whatever car was last in line!! I had to build weighted logs to put on them and never empty them. Rats!
They do look good tho --I think -- But we have seen pretty faces with no value before .
 
 


 


 


 


 



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 Posted: Mon Aug 20th, 2012 02:59 am
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Now you may consider mining! Fine looking cars tho'..

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 Posted: Mon Aug 20th, 2012 01:27 pm
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Mighty fine looking skeleton cars. I can feel your pain in adding all that detail. But still I think the effort was worth it.

Should consider some time to try casting them. I followed a 3 part series in RMC by Dallas Mallerich III. I did all of the molds and did one casting just to try it out. One master with the nut-bolt-washer castings. I'll see if I can find the pics and post later. Only thing is that they are on On30.

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Made of depleted uranium, they might be heavy enough--

Don't ask me--I used all mine


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Herb,

Ya, your right about that. I never put it together though.

Got any lead?

Bernd

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HIYA...

Roto metal sells pewter sheet you could cut out and epoxy to the bottom of your cars.
But it is pricey I don 't recall just how pricey but none the less you could do several with a sheet.
Years ago I tied dryflys and you could get rolls of lead sheet. I don't know what they use these days.
But it's worth a check and see.

Rob

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smokebox wrote: HIYA...

Roto metal sells pewter sheet you could cut out and epoxy to the bottom of your cars.
But it is pricey I don 't recall just how pricey but none the less you could do several with a sheet.
Years ago I tied dryflys and you could get rolls of lead sheet. I don't know what they use these days.
But it's worth a check and see.

Rob

Thanks for the idea Rob , but there is not much space to hide any weight on these things . I think when I get to Colorado and get something to run on again , I will try PUSHING the empties, that might work and it was done when there was no turntable or Y , it might work.



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Just a guess.

The smoke stack will be hollow, Could it be filled with lead?. Use lead shot and fix it in place.

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Sweet, very nice looking cars.

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Finally found the pictures I had taken of the molds to cast On30 log cars. Here's three pics of the molds and what they turned out.

The center beam.



Draft gear cover plates and some other beam. Can't remember what for, but it is part of the car.




The cross bear members that the logs sit on and a set of HO gauge archbar side frames just to see if I could do it.




Unfortunatley I've curtailed my projects in On30 in favor of getting my HO railroad going. To many projects pulling me in different directions. Need to concentrate on only one scale.

Bernd

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