cnw1961 challenge #1

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by cnw1961, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I’ll get the detail parts for the car tomorrow bounce7 .

    I decided against removing the roofwalk before painting the car. I don’t want to glue the roofwalk to the roof when it is already painted. I don’t know how other modelers manage to glue painted parts without spoiling them, I can’t. Even if i carefully apply the glue with a toothpick, I mess it up. The best way for me is to assemble the car and paint it afterwards. Now that the roofwalk will stay on the roof, I added those supports to the ends of the roofwalk.

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Excellent work... :thumb: :thumb:

    How long has it taken you to reach this point? For comparison, I read (in MR, I think) about a competition between shops on some railway or other to build a complete outside braced wood boxcar. They had 8-man crews, and a pile of lumber and various metal shapes to start, as well as trucks, couplers, etc. The winning team built theirs in 28 hours, not including painting...!

    Did you consider using styrene siding for the car?

  3. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I don’t know how long it has taken me to get to this point, but I don’t think that I have a chance to beat those 28 hours. But hey, it’s not fair, they had an 8-man crew and the small size of my car makes it even more difficult :) . I planned to use styrene for the metal parts and wood for the wooden parts of the car right from the beginning. I think (or hope) the wood will make it look more prototypical even after painting.
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, using wood does give it just that "over the edge" look. Absolutely a fine piece of work. :thumb::thumb:
  5. wickman

    wickman Member

    The roofwalk makes it :wave:
  6. Chris Beard

    Chris Beard Member

    You seem to have a great deal of talent with plastic. Nice going so far. Quite ambitious.
  7. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I got the detail parts today and couldn’wait to go on. I ordered Tichy’s wood box car doors (#3017). They don’t exactly match the doors of the DRGW prototype I try to model, because they need a lower door track. But I found a CP boxcar with these doors. And again, no rivet counting, I’ll mix the style of these two cars.

    OK, here we go. First I cut the upper door track that comes with the doors to a length of 2". Then I glue it to the roof of the car.

  8. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Next, I cut .080 x .012 strips and a piece of 1.22 x 1 x .012 styrene for the base of the braces and the door. In the next pic you can see it all glued in place.

  9. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Now I assembled the lower door tracks. To adjust the height of the door tracks, I glued them to .020 styrene before assembling.

  10. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    The next step is to add the braces. They are made of .040 x .040 styrene. Only the two braces on the right side of the doors have to be thinner (.040 x .020).

  11. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Before I added the doors, I glued pieces of .020 styrene to the backsides of the doors to make them fit perfectly under the upper door tracks. Et voilá, here it is, with all the braces and the doors in place.


  12. wickman

    wickman Member

    Thats lookin great :thumb: Are you going to scratch build all your cars ?
  13. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Lynn, thank you for your nice words. I don’t think that all types of cars are suitable for scratch building, but I doubt if I will ever buy a wood boxcar again. Before I started this project, I didn’t know if this car would be good enouh to make it on to my layout, now I like it much more than my accurail cars, although a lot of detail parts are still missing.
  14. wickman

    wickman Member

    Well if you decide for some crazy reason what so ever that it doesn't fit into your layout sender on over to me I'd be more than willing to find a home for it on my layout sign1
  15. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Wow, that is just awesome Kurt! You made it look so easy. Great work!
  16. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    (Loud applause erupts from nowhere) Congrats Kurt! Will you build one to be the next Gauge boxcar?
  17. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    That's so Cool!!!! :) :) :)
  18. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Thank you, guys. Gary, I don’t think it is too difficult to build this car, but it takes a lot of time. It swallows up nearly all of my modeling time at the moment.
    Miles, I might consider to make a Gauge boxcar – if I ever do it again.
  19. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I spent the last two day adding details. I used .012 wire for the grab irons and the coupler cut bars. The ladders and stirrups are from Tichy’s. The next step will be to add the brake parts.



  20. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looking Good Kurt.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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