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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2015 09:38 pm
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Anne O
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See other thread, I'm looking for a fun little 'cute' passenger car prototype to scratchbuild in HOn30.

That probably means pedestal type cars, where there are no trucks, but the journal boxes ride in pedestals attached to the car frame.

Does anybody have any advice on scratchbuilding this sort of car in a way that they run properly?

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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2015 11:51 pm
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I assume you mean a fixed wheelbase wagon or 'four wheeler'.
In the scale you are working in just ensuring all wheels are sitting on the rail when built should be enough. If the wagon doesn't rock then you should be good to go unless you have really dodgy trackwork.
If in doubt check out those who work in OO9 ,they have them by the hundreds.
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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2015 11:53 pm
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Yes, thats what I mean, and I'm *in* OO9

I always found this difficult to do when building before,
and when I was selling such a car I heard from a lot of builders that getting the darn wheels parallel and in plane was a PITA.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2015 06:16 am
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Hi Anne,

I have built lots of 009 four wheel vehicles, mostly they run fine.

I build mine on a sheet of glass, I use a shelf from an old fridge, it's plain glass, no plastic edges etc. but is toughened so safe to use.

If you build it on the sheet of glass it ensures the body is flat before you fit the chassis parts, so the wheels should all touch the rails OK.

Also the glue does not stick to the glass!

Hope this helps

Frank

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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2015 01:46 am
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Anne, many years ago I came up with this device for aligning axles for a magazine article about compensating 4 wheelers.



The original was for HO, this one for O gauge. It slips over the two axles while the second one's glue is setting. Just made from scrap pieces of styrene. Perhaps such a device will assist.

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 Bob

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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2015 05:07 am
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yes, that's just what I need! Thanks

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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2015 05:23 am
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Thanks.

I used to have the cover glass from an old 1960's tube TV that I worked on. Yes, it makes a great work surface. Now I've got a small surface plate.

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