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In-ko-pah Railroad - 1/24th Scale Railcar
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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 03:39 am
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I decided that the roof looked too plain, and that a luggage rack would really improve the vehicle's "character". The rack was formed out of brass rods soldered together. It fits into small holes drilled into the corners of the roof:






I also wanted a ladder at the rear of the vehicle. To build it, I first came up with this crude jig made from scraps of wood:




The brass rods which will form the vertical parts of the ladder fit into the slots on the jig and are held in place by two clothespins:



To make the steps, I soldered the end of a brass rod to the two uprights, using the end of the jig to keep it level I then cut off the excess portion of the rod. The assembly is then pulled 1/2" forward on the jig and another step soldered in place, repeating the process until the ladder is finished:




The top of the ladder was bent over, and a mounting bracket added near the bottom. I originally wanted to put a ladder on each side of the rear door, so I built two. After trying them out on the model it was obvious that two would be excessive, so I just used one and put the other into my parts box to use on some future project:




The top of the ladder was carefully soldered to the rack while it was in place on the vehicle. This way, I could be sure of getting the ladder positioned correctly:




The complete luggage rack, ready to paint:




The rack was painted Rustoleum gloss black (same as the chassis) and lightly weathered with acrylics. I added strips of styrene "wood" to form the floor of the luggage rack. It was then glued in place, and any gaps in the roof were filled with spot putty. The roof was then touched up and received additional weathering.




An O-scale brass bell was mounted on a homemade bracket:




The steering wheel, pedals, lever and a rope for the bell were all installed. The pedals are from the Hubley Model T kit. I didn't realize how clunky they looked until after I had glued them in, otherwise I would have made my own:




The railbus is now complete! All that remains is to make the driver, passengers, and some luggage:









I had to prop up the rear to keep the vehicle from moving, so I could show how the lights look:




I've already started on the driver and passengers, and will post pics and video when I get them installed.



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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 04:09 am
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That looks great! Luggage rack is a nice touch ... great detailing all around ... and the black & maroon scheme is a definite winner. Well done! :2t:

(Well, there is that sick, twisted part of me that wants to see a whole bunch of crap piled up in that luggage rack, but that's probably just my problem.) :sad:



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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 01:51 pm
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It just gets better and better.

That is some gorgeous work and the completed railbus really looks great.



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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 02:36 pm
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Faaaannnntastic!



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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 03:02 pm
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Simply beautiful! You can be proud of this, Ray, and when you run it while visiting modelers watch...keep your eyes on them and inspect any bags or boxes that they may try to leave with!

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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2012 03:58 am
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I just finished the driver and front seat passenger for my Model T railbus. They are patterned after my dad and step-sister. I haven't installed them in the railbus yet because I still need to make some glasses for my "mini-dad".





Here are a couple of the photos I used for reference:






And here are some shots of the individual figures:











They're a bit rough but they'll do. I find that the more of these figures I do, the less patience I have for getting them perfect. I still need to make five more figures for the rear passengers, including a small child that will be on someone's lap. That should be an interesting challenge.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2012 11:35 am
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Great ! Love this in the big scales. Good looking railcar as well



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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2012 03:21 pm
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Great job Ray!

A plus is your ability to make such realistic figures.

But that roof rack definitely needs a crate of chickens--


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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2012 06:23 pm
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In the UK these were some Ford conversions that ran:

http://www.hfstephens-museum.org.uk/rolling-stock/ford-railmotors.html

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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2012 06:38 pm
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You forgot the Bluetooth device in your dad's ear. Just kidding. Those are some fantastic looking figures! Man, I'm continually blown away by the ability of the modelers here.



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