scratchbuilt tank cars

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by tankcarsrule, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    announce1 The Addy will take you to my Flickr site where photos of my cars are. I've built four eight axle and one six axle cars. I also have done several smaller cars. All are built from prototype car drawings and photos Take a look and I hope you enjoy.

  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Wow!! Those are incredible!! They look like photographs of the full size thing! It would be great to see one of these being built in a build thread. You could pass a lot of knowledge on. Really excellent workmanship. I took a look and yes, I did enjoy, very much! :)
  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I just went through your gallery and was totally blown away by what I saw. Your work is PHENAMINAL!!! (Like Zathros said) some of these look like you have taken photos of the "REAL thing". They do not look like models at all.
    I agree with Zathros, It would (indeed) be great to see a build thread of one of these being built.
    I look forward to seeing more of your work.
  4. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Nice work!

    Very nicely done. Welcome to Zealot. I too look forward to seeing more of your modeling.

  5. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    Thanks guys, I'm glad you enjoyed my efforts. I wish I could do a build article, but I don't have the ability.

    Regards, Bobby
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Not trying to sound thick or insulting, but what do you mean that you do not have the ability to do a build thread?

    It is really quite simple. All you do is take photos of your progress as you build your model. Post the photos with (or without) commentary (either above, below, or in the photos them selves) that explains want you have built thus far.

    Good luck with it. If you need help, you can send me a PM and I will do what I can to help.
  7. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Hey, that's what I was gong to say! Picture here, some words, not that big of a deal. :)
  8. gbwdude

    gbwdude Member

    Great work! Your work looks top notch.

  9. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    Come on guys, I"m 68 and have a problem operating a computer.

    Regards' Bobby
  10. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I'm, 55, and I would be more than happy to take you through the steps necessary to do anything you wish. I also build computers. Anyone who has the talent to scratch build cars as fine as yours can work a computer. People can make computers seem harder than they are if they aren't patient. The pictures you posted we excellent. Better than man people who post here. So your 99% there already! .

    If you ever need help, you will find many people here more than Happy to help you out. On the other hand, we're Happy to have you here and appreciate seeing your work. That's alone is fine enough for me. :)
  11. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    Thanks for your kind offer. If I ever feel brave, I'll let you lead me through the steps.

    Regards, Bobby
  12. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Stick around, and check out what everyone else is doing. With experience like yours, you can offer much, and people here are no too proud to take a suggestion. Actually, this forum is great for getting ideas only because there are those who offer them. :)
  13. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    I'm always happy to answer any question relating to my builds.

    Regards, Bobby
  14. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    I am jumping in late and your work is phenomenal, It looks like scrath buit with styrene and pvc tubes used in the building. Regardless, the railroaders here would appreciate your tricks of the trade in how you constructed them. By the way, I did not jump to your introductions so I will wish you a welcome aboard here in this thread, also feel at home here, I know you will like it here and by the way again, I am 62 and love model building and scratch building and eventually I will gravitate towards railroading some time in the future, since it is one of the areas I have not touched upon . Enjoy and see you around the forum.
  15. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    Thanks for the welcome silver oxide and your kind words. No PVC, I splice bodies together and sometimes wrap them to get the correct diameter. The two brass cars were done with sheet brass wrapped around a dowel and soldered.

  16. teslin

    teslin New Member

    On the brass tanks, are you brazing, soldering or gluing? Also are you butt or overlap joining the tank seams? Your work looks superb.
  17. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule New Member

    Alan, thank you. I soldered the joints with a 40W iron. The joints are butt. I use bulk heads to strengthen the tank. The cars were my first and last brass efforts. Acid flux makes the solder flow like water.


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