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 Posted: Wed Jun 9th, 2021 11:47 pm
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I built this car using the measurements and photos I took at the CSX yard in Brunswick, Ga.

I rolled the body using .015 sheet brass and turned the ends on a lathe.





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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 03:55 pm
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WOW

I'd love to see photos of the build!







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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 10:31 pm
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Thank you Lee!

The problem was, it was a learn as you go build!

I built it on a card table between our bed and chest of drawers!
I had to clean up each night so my wife and I could go to bed!

I rolled the tube at my shop, and turned the ends at a friend's house.
The lathe came out of a WWll Liberty Ship, it was a four jaw, big and beautiful!

The angles came from Special Shapes, who I think are no more!





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When working on automobile engines,

I always thought what nice tank car ends this freeze plugs would be...






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Me too!

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I'll echo Lee's "WOW"!!

That's one of the best looking tank cars I've seen in a while displayed on here.

Well done.  :apl:  :apl:
And fully deserving of  :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:


Sorry Si. -

Wolfy is going to have to try harder with his narrow gauge monster tanker,

to equal the quality of this build.




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 Posted: Sat Jun 12th, 2021 10:48 pm
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Thank you very much John!

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Hey nice work...!  

Did not see a name?  


Scratchbuilding things is so much of what this hobby is about. 

Sad to see how much of this is being lost,
with the plug and play RTR world, modelers are growing up with today.  

I like ready made products as well,
but the skills needed, and the time spent problem solving,
and creating something from nothing with your hands, is beyond fun,
it is an essential challenge a true craftsman needs, to stay relevant and satisfied. 


I used to have a great old Logan Lathe post WWII vintage. 
A great old lathe, was my Dads. 
I knew how to use it but not as well as he did. 
 
I had to part with it a few years ago as it just sat and took up space,
and I was setting up my model making shop. 
It hurt to sell it but such is life. 


I have another quite old Montgomery Ward wood lathe, and use it for smoke stacks,
and will be making the tall pillars, on one of the iconic buildings here soon.  


Your project makes me miss the machine lathe.  

Randy


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Thank you Randy!

I love scratchbuilding and have done several cars over the years.

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