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Ore Cars - Scratchbuilt In Brass - HO Scale
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 Posted: Fri May 23rd, 2014 02:25 am
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Yep, outstanding work. How many cars are you planning? That first one looks great. Keep on.

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 Posted: Sat May 24th, 2014 12:39 pm
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Thanks guys. I only need/build two of them. It's time consuming so I'm happy I don't have to do many more. Maybe in the future some more or some of a other type, who knows.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 28th, 2014 09:39 pm
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I finaly started with painting. But what color should I give to the inside of the hopper?
When a car was dilivered by the factory it was painted in the same color as the outside, I presume. But what happen when it was in use for a while? I gues the paint whas scraped of by the ore. So a bare metal inside? Or also rusty? And when it was bare metal, was it shiny (polished) or dull?

I can't find any good photo's on the internet.

Thanks, Alwin

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Since the ore car is carrying iron ore, and iron rusts. And the fact that the car is made out of steel, I would assume that the inside of a used hopper would be very rusty indeed. Either way, I can't wait to see progress photos.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 1st, 2014 04:39 pm
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Nice work on the ore car Alwin. Got any tips for soldering? I plan to work with brass at one point (Not for a good while but still.) and need all the advice I can get. My father may know a thing or two since he repairs electronics and uses solder.

For a ho scale model you did a amazing job detail wise. Looks like you could find it in a shop as a kit but we all know it has more skill behind it than your average kit build. :2t:

I'm also going to agree with James. Rusty weathering on the inside with the base color the same as that of the car makes the most sense to me.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 1st, 2014 09:01 pm
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James, Joey, thanks for the advice and compliments.

Joey, tips for soldering....I see myself also as a beginner. I started with a couple of little mining wagons and a loco for it. But some tips:
- Never touch the brass parts while you're soldering! They're getting hot. Always use a tool to keep the parts in place, like a third hand, modeling vice or tweezers.
- Start with something simple to get some experience. Don't begin with a loco.
- File the edges good. When I started with the first piece I thought I did it well untill the moment I touched it with my fingers. It has to feel smooth.
- One page back (or maybe two?) there was a discussion about solder and flux.
- Last: be patient. Work secure as possible.

After all this serious stuff a photo from the painted car.



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Additional advice for soldering is too ensure parts to be soldered are clean, clean, clean.

I use a fibreglass brush to clean materials prior to soldering.

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And from what my father says its also best to get it hot and tin it properly.

Glad I could I could help you on your decision.

The car is looking nice in that color. Can't wait to see more.

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I agree with everything said here, very good modeling Alwin! Get the light just right on a module with a good backdrop, I'd never be able to tell the difference between that car and the real thing.

One further tip I'd like to add, always use the appropriate tip for soldering, and the right heat. Solder can be burned easily with way too much heat for a small area. That's one reason why I dislike mini-torches for anything but the largest joints. And as for tips, generally a really fine tip, and a small chisel tip do the job very well. But the smaller the scale being modeled, the smaller the joints, the narrower and smaller the soldering tip should be.

And on a side note, if it can be afforded, try to get a soldering iron with a base and adjustable heat. They work much better than the simple plug in types, although those work too with a bit of practice.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 20th, 2014 09:25 pm
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It's been a while since I updated this. I just finished it! Added some parts of the brake system, painted the inner side of the bin and attached the trucks.

When I have time I make some better photo's at daylight. The colors are not very goor at the photo's.










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