Still In The Car Shop

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Vic, Sep 10, 2002.

  1. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    I think it was Casey that posted a really neat picture of a little sand car that had gotten left on a side track.

    When Ezra P. Terrible, owner of the East Terrible Mining Co. saw it he turned to The Robber Barron and said..."I need something like that to haul 'Shine get your butt busy!!!":eek:

    Here's the result...still in the shop awaiting its lettering but its fit to be seen:D In true Robber Barron fashion its scratched from a set of kit plans borrowed from a friend:eek: :D :D :D

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  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Just an end view.

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  3. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    VERY Nice Vic!!:cool:
  4. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all


    What scale/gage is that little puppy?
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Very nice, with the spigot right above the coupler I'd have second thoughts about "weasin' " the "shine".
  6. BDC

    BDC Member

    Very nice! Put that car in the middle of the train and all the brakemen should stop complaining about having to walk to the back of the train to uncouple cars! Of course, the conductors will start complaining how the brakemen take longer and longer to get the job done with every stop!;)
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Re: Nifty!

    That is one sweet pea :p I guess HOn3 since his profile indicates it's an interest. Now if only we had a multi-scale/gauge narrow gauge forum to talk about it :D :D :D hint-hint-hint :D :D :D jon

    This is the Zn3 conspiracy, resistance is futile, one rail rules, this is the Zn3 conspiracy...
  8. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Thanks for the compliments gentlemen.:)

    Ron & Jon....Its HOn3

    Pete....Now that you mention it I left off the hose for the spigot!!:eek: Would be kinda hard to guzzle without it!!:D :D :D
    Please don't tell Ezra....He'd have my butt for that!!!:D :D :D
  9. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Vic, that is a jewel. I'd think about stenceling NASA on it if i was you, you know so it won't attract to much attention . :rolleyes: :D

  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Outstanding Vic! I love it! :cool: :cool: :cool:
  11. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    A BIG Thumbs Up!

    A moonshine car! Absolutely HILARIOUS!! [​IMG]

    Can you PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE post the plans, or email them to me? I simply MUST make one for my On30 logging line!:D

  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Re: A BIG Thumbs Up!

  13. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Steve and John, I don't have a scanner to scan the plans but they are about worthless anyway....The orginal kit was pre-cut and the instructions contained no dimensions. The one "cruddy" drawing was not to any scale so I just guessed at what size it ought to be. Everything for the most part is built out of N scale scribed siding and strip wood. Its just a box that sits on a frame with an HOn3 truck glued underneath that. The stake pockets are some that I had in my scrap box. Grandt Line's should work OK. The ladder is again out of the junk box as well as the brake wheel. The NBW casting are Grandt Line. Couplers are Kadee N scale with the trip pins cut off. The hatch hinge is Grandt Line. The spigot is a piece of wire squeezed in a pair of pliers and filed until it looked right. The truck is a Grandt Line D&RGW freight truck. I cut away the plastic bolster and added a piece of scrapwood in its place. The original one won't work because its tapered. The orginal kit had some kind of special truck casting. Here's the dimensions that I used and a photo of the underside/frame. All are HO. Good luck with yours and post a pic! This is one of those things that you can "go wild" on if you want to!!!!

    Length over endbeams... 11 ft.
    Width..... 6.5 ft.
    Tank.... 6.5 wide x 9.5 length x 5.5 high
    Uprights... 7 ft.
    Frame.... Made from 4x6 HO strip

    Note....To get the coupler height correct you may have to shim the truck to raise the carbody before gluing the truck in place. The truck does not swivel.

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  14. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Great! thanks for sharing. Hafta see if I can put a littel spin on your idea :)

    Is any N gauge knuckle coupler the standard for HOn3? Do you set the height to N gauge standards?

  15. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Jon, The Kadee N Gauge coupler is often used in HOn3 when you have restricted coupler box clearences. Its not really the standard but the N Gauge coupler and the Kadee HOn3 coupler are identical in construction only the N Gauge coupler is about 25% smaller. They mate up and operate just fine with the regular HOn3 coupler. I use the height standard as indicated on the NMRA HOn3 Standards Gauge.
  16. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Thanks, Vic, I will have to mull over those standards and RP's. I've begun to hurl stupid narrow gauge newbie questions on the tech Q&A section. :D I want to do so much all at once... too bad there aren't 3 of me. If I weren't such an old fart, they'd put me on Ridlin!

  17. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Jon, Don't hesitate to ask any question at all.:)

    BTW....Send 2 of you on down here...I got enough to keep a dozen modelers busy!!!:D :D :D
  18. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all


    Having worked with troubled youth, I have learned a thing or two about Ridlin.

    Did you know that Ridlin has the opposite effect on adults as it does on kids!?

    Where it mellows children, it has a tendancy to cause hyperactivity in Adults. You could use the Ridlin to speed yourself up! Instead of having three of you, you cauld have one of you moving 3 times faster! :D

    Remember, there's no such thing as a stupid question! Only Stupid Know-It-Alls who would rather put you down than share their knowledge. We've all got questions and even some answers to share. That's why we're all here.

    The real fool is the one that is too afraid to ask questions for fear of looking stupid. They would rather show their ignorance through the mistakes they make, than learn how to avoid those mistakes.

    Oops, was I just ranting.... :rolleyes:

    Sorry. :confused:
  19. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Ron, I don't mean to "rant" either but I had an occasion to be at an elementary school the other day around lunch time. I noticed that there maybe 40 or so kids lined up at the door to the principal's office. Just jokingly I said to the teacher that I was talking to..."surely this many kids haven't been bad":D She replied..."No, they're waiting to take their they will behave ":eek:

    Jeeez and Crackers!!!.....Has the educational system so declined that we have to "dope" the kids to maintain classroom order!:mad: This school only has about 300 students and around 20% have ADD???? Seems to me that parents and teachers are "shirking" from their responsibility and letting a pill do the work!!!!:mad: :(

    Off the soapbox and back to the layout!!:D :D :D
  20. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    I'm with you Vic!

    Warning! The following is a Rant...
    Hi Vic,

    It's not just the Educational system that is at fault, but society as a whole.

    My experience with Ridlin is that it is used as a baby sitter in too many cases. :mad: I worked at a Summer Camp for inter-city kids for many years.

    Many of the kids on Ridlin were on it for the wrong reason. They weren't ADD. :mad:

    In a summer camp environment, kids are able to run around and burn off all of their energy. Most of the kids got a chance to come off of the Ridlin at least for a week or two. My experience was that these were just normal, healthy kids in need of recreation.

    So many kids these days are told to sit still all day long. They have to sit still all day in school. (Intermural and Extra-curricular Sports and other activities have been cut due to lack of funding.) They then have to go home and sit still in front of the TV (Cathode Ray Baby Sitter.)

    Kids are Kids and they need room to run around and burn off their healthy and normal energy.

    Inter-city kids often have it the worst because it isn't always safe for them to run around and play outdoors. With parents absent or at work, there isn't always someone to watch out for these kids.:mad:

    It's very depressing to think about all of these kids with nowhere to play and just be kids.
    All I can say is for folks to get involved in their communities to prevent this from continuing.

    End of Rant...

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