Having a flat.....

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Having a flat.....

Postby Stumpy » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:52 pm

I've been busy between mowing the lawn, cutting trees, and trimming bushes as summer comes to Appalachia. Here are some flatcars for my Gn15 line...[img][img]http://my.gn15.info/img_0265.jpg[/img]
In front is the "oldest" car, then a well used car, and in the back a new car, right out of the shops.
All the cars are made from strip wood and card stock. Stake pockets are card stock from 3x5" file cards bent to shappe, coupler pockets are plastic tubing, coupling pins are auto "pop rivets", and the coupler links are cut down paper clips. Trucks are Bachmann On30 Freight trucks and the brake wheel is an old Ozark Miniatures piece. The tightening nuts and washers for the truss rods at the ends of the cars are made from a paper punch cut out and a small square of stripwood.
Here's a closer look at the "old" car. Note that the tightening nut is missing from the end beam and the truss rod under the car has rusted off. The whole car's "back has been broken" by overloading the damaged car. Deck planking has rotted and been broken, and the car is ready for the scrap line! Image
I've got other projects working and will post them as they are finished.[/img]
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:18 pm

Your construction materials are definitely in the Gn15 spirit :D
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Postby Glen A » Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:04 pm

I like the broken back wagon. Nice texture on the ends. 8)

When building old and decrepit things like that, it can be hard to get a good balance between some that is so exaggerated that it looks fake :roll: , and something that is subtle that it just looks like you made an error when building it :oops: .

But you have got it just right! Well done. 8)

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Postby Dallas_M » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:54 pm

Darn shame about the busted flat ... poor thing fell apart before the railroad got running! :lol:

Very nice job ... and mixing the "ages" of the cars in the string will go a long way toward realism ...

PS -- Next time you're at the hardware store, you might want to pick up a length of toilet flapper chain ... the links are nicely sized for Gn15 ... and you'll get quite a few for a buck or two worth of chain.

Great job!

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Postby Central GnU Yorker » Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:35 am

Busted flat in Baton Rouge (or Martin's Ferry)
Waitin' for train
Feelin near as faded as my jeans...

Nice job on the march of time. No sense in railroad having rolling stock if they're not going to use it. Like those guys that own 4x4 pickup trucks with roll bars, fog lights and all terrain tires and only drive them across town to work.
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Postby dieselwater » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:33 am

Really Gnice flats 8) I too like the mixture of age and wear between them.
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Postby chris69 » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:39 am

just love how you did the "weathering".Exlnt Job,Looking forward to the next

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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:15 am

Very nice modeling.

The oldest car looks like I just made it (in real life) new :roll: :oops:


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Postby Les » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:17 pm

Really nice cars that look just right.

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Postby route29 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:30 am

Excellent work! Those flats look great. :D

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Postby michael » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:20 am

Those pop rivet pins are a great way to go! the flats look good too.
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