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My First scratch build
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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2015 07:44 am
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Before attempting a scratch build, I opted to do a kit first and get some basic construction ideas from the kit.

I got several of the on30 mining single truck flat beds and a caboose from Boulder a Valley Models (nice kits, just takes forever to get them).

So I built those and took some measurements and such and worked on my idea for a two truck low riding flat bed. Simple design for a first try.

I had some nice (Kadee?) HO trucks that I could use, though the wheels are smaller than the kit cars on30 wheels. Anyway, some Plastruct and Basswood , presto, a super low two truck flatbed that cost me maybe $15 to make.

Now if I can just get the photo to upload grrrrrrr 3000 bytes seems to be hard to hit 😠

Last edited on Thu Nov 19th, 2015 07:58 am by George W



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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2015 09:40 am
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well done and $15 cool



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 Posted: Thu Nov 19th, 2015 10:05 am
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Hi George,
If you have something that is not a Mac, then there should be MS Paint as a program. Open your photo in Paint, Use the File> Save as menu option and rename your file (I usually add an "a" for Amended to the file name. This leaves your original full-size file unaffected and give you a new "a" file that you can then resize.

Click Resize on the Home tab, a new pop-up window opens. Select Pixels and for a landscape format photo, make the value in the Horizontal Field 800. Ensure that you have the Maintain aspect ration check box selected and then click OK. You now have a smaller sized "a" file. Save this file and upload the "a' file to you web photo server and upload from there to Freerails.

Clear as mud???

I look forward to seeing you new flatcar

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Thanks for the tips. I'm working form an iPad and I thought I had attempted at least one image in 640 which I thought would be small enough. Will try again, I have lots of projects I'd like to share.



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Finally a photo of the Flat Bed.



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Very nice!



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Thanks, Ray 😁



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Hey, cars are looking good.
When using HO trucks for my little quirky On30 outfit, something often done is to replace the HO 33 inch wheelsets with HO 36 inch wheelsets. Those are just enough larger in diameter to suggest something is no longer HO.



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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind for future builds



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George

PC&F built a series of short flat cars for a mining railway here in Canada 14ft x 5ft 4inchs with 18 inch wheels. Various wheel sizes used were 18", 21" & 24" on their different cars small flats, large flats and ore cars. Car lengths were 14ft, 26ft 10inchs and 25ft. the line was
3 foot gauge. Currently converting 7- OO scale hoppers to represent the ore cars used on this line, using MDC archbar trucks.

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