My own goose - part 1

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by MasonJar, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I borrowed a digital camera last night and took a few shots. Here's where my own goose is at...

    Start with the Old Time 3-in-1 kit from Roundhouse for the floor, trucks and box cab diesel.

    Instead of the old box car, I used an old reefer to get the right style doors. It means my goose has a metal end, not wood, and hatches in the roof, but it adds character(!). I also got an old "rear wheel drive" engine from Bachmann, since I want the goose to go!

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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Part 1b

    Cut the end off everything...

    It is a diiferent reefer - I cut it up before I had the camera...

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  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Part 1c

    Here is a dry fit of the parts from the previous picture.

    Next is the hood/engine for the front end, and a plow. I made the hood last night, but no picture. It is cut from just behind the cab of the engine in pic#1, so it's got screening on the sides, and rivets on the top. Picture to follow...


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  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Dry fit of major parts

    Here is a shot of all the major parts complete, and dry fitted. Nothing is glued yet!


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  5. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    I think that's superb MasonJar!
    For years my wife has bugged me to make a "goose" as I refused to spend $400 on a brass one for her!
    The motor/powered truck looks remarkably like the one fitted in the B/mann street car. I think you just brought me closer to building such a charmer.
    I'm assuming the spoked wheels came with the MDC Old-Time kit (I didn't know that kit existed!).

    Dang!! my wife just passed by and saw your Goose :eek: . She's tugging at my sleeve now saying "There you go, there's the gen on how to do it!!!). Woe is me :( :( . Looks like I have no excuse now.

  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Sorry about that...

    Thanks for the comments!

    It was pretty easy actually. My last real model building experience was a looooong time ago with 1:72 planes, and that was following the instructions!

    I got the kit for $1 at an auction at my local club. It includes a Harriman coach floor, a 40' box car with steel sides and wood ends (I substituted the reefer), and a box cab diesel.

    I added the Bachmann engine, some brass sheeting, and a tongue depressor (front end of the engine compartment!) to finish it the way you see it.

    I don't know about the drive from the street car, but when you take the shell off the engine, the motor and wheels are all one unit. I just snipped off the leads to the front wheel pick-ups and headlight, and there you go!

    I am very happy with how it is turning out, although I have yet to tackle my biggest fear - painting and weathering!

    Good luck.

  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    is the box cab a dummy or do you have a powered chassis left over?
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    It is a dummy. I have a completed dummy (the one in the first picture) and the one that came in the kit that is now all sliced up. The completed one was a gift form my Dad. It has a really heavy duty metal chassis and is designed as a track cleaner. Maybe it could be powered up?

    The one from the kit has a plastic chassis / floor and plastic trucks.

    If you choose not to kitbash a goose, you can turn the kit into a 40' box car and a dummy box cab, with a few parts left over.

  9. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice job on the goose Andrew! :cool:
  10. gerbs4me

    gerbs4me Member

    Those are some really cool pictures
  11. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    Giddy-up Goose!

    Nice work!

    It really demontrates the concept of "Combine". :D

    Those Bachmann power trucks with the pancake motors are great for this kind of project.

    I've got a few of them as well as some from LL.

    The ones from LL are almost identical, but have plastic wheels so I will have to convert them to metal and add wipers before using them.

    The best part is that you can find these second hand for only a couple of bucks...

    Not as good as power trucks from NWSL, but the price is right.

    Errol, have you started you wifes Goose yet??? :eek:

    With parts from my scrap box, the diecast car and some styrene, the Humber Valley & Simcoe Goose has cost under $20.00CAD. At this rate, I hope to have a whole flock of geese...
  12. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Ron, I have so very much yet to do on my N layout that the goose is on my "to do list" (if I ever find a set of spoked wheels for the front end) :( .

    The up side? .. She's getting enthusiasic about the teeny weeny N gas station I'm scratchin .... Whew, it's a heap easier than scratchin a goose :) :)


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