Heavy duty flat

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by absnut, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. absnut

    absnut Member

    Back in the 70's, I was quite taken by photos of PRR's "Queen Mary" and "Queen Elizabeth" 16 wheeled flat cars. At the time I tried scratch-building a Queen Mary, and while fairly satisfied with the results, it was not a note-worthy effort! Recently, I decided to try it again, but the curved deck is still beyond my skills in N, so I free-lanced the design a little. I've kept the original for sentimental reasons, but I am more pleased with the way this one turned out.

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  2. absnut

    absnut Member

    Another view:

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  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A great looking model absnut.
    A real heavyweight that could serve industry well
    I could use one or two on my layout
  4. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Looks superb Dick!

    Even in N scale that thing looks like it would still take out the bridge piers on my HO sized curves.

  5. philip

    philip Guest

    heavy rail shipment

    Dick, Another great piece of rolling stock ya got there. Check this photo of the heaviest rail shipment in America. Refinery reactor for Standard Oil Co of Ky 1,330,000lbs. Watch your toes! Photo from the University Of Louisville Archive Library.

    philip :)

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  6. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Love Those Humongous Flatcars!

    Another excellent piece of work (ART??) you've created there, Dick.:) I cannot wait for your next project!
  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Those are great absnut!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
    The K&I could use a couple of those! :)
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Back when I was getting started, Model Railroader asked two modellers to do the same car, depressed center flat, for their "Dollar Car Series".
    Don't remember one of them, but the other carved two pieces of wood, put a legth of plexiglass or something between them, and warmed it in the oven until it was shaped.
    I think the other may have made frames from brass or plastic sheet.
    I think that was late 50s.
  9. absnut

    absnut Member


    Thanks for the memory jolt! I vaguely remember the article and the plexiglass treatment. Wish I'd have though of it but, I'd probably still would have messed it up!:D

    Many thanks to all for the compliments. I enjoyed building the "beast"

  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    My reaction to the article was "They want me to carve TWO pieces of wood with curves that fit together?"
    (That was my pre-teen years. I still don't do curves. ;)

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