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    • February 1, 2019 7:25 PM EST
      • Missouri, It's like Floodsburg, man
         
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      Dave Taylor said:But they used vertical trusses,  the same way in the photo,  they were dadoed into the vertical braces, and ...

       

       

      That makes sense, the vertical post takes the force of compression instead of that force being taken mostly by the thin section of a longitundinal member.

    • February 1, 2019 9:14 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
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      Yep that's awesome Dave. I love learning new things. Now how did they handle it on the external braced cars, the same way?

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    • February 1, 2019 11:43 PM EST
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      I can only guess...  I have never personally inspected a wooden outside braced boxcar.   The Standard Gauge outside braced D&RGW boxcar in Antonito is metal braced,  and has no truss rods, as the metal braces worked as the trusses.

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    • February 2, 2019 11:09 PM EST
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      I spent the day building doors:

      Tested for fit and placement.

       

      And got them painted up just fine.

       

      Now how to figure out how to mount them.

       

      This post was edited by Dave Taylor at February 2, 2019 11:22 PM EST
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    • February 3, 2019 12:35 AM EST
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      Beautiful  Dave, I really like your choice of colors.  Were these colors from a prototype?

       

    • February 4, 2019 12:45 AM EST
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      @Rick  The colors are made up by a friend.  I gave him a "Prototype" to build a boxcar from pieces years ago, and those were the colors he painted it.

       

      With the lipstick on the pigs, it was time to hang some jewelry on and dress them up.  Started with the truss rods, and mounted the trucks so the car had something other then the trusses to set on.

       

      Before anybody fries me......  I am NOT a big fan of super detailing the underside of everyday rolling stock that nobody will see...... I have done that, and it looks nice, if you want to study all the little bits and pieces.  I have also did every little bit and pieces, bolts, washers, piping, lines, pivots, keepers, and all the stuff under a real D&RGW reefer, including new needle beams, bolsters, knuckle pockets, and complete brake rigging, and helped build the inside brake trucks from scratch.

       

      "B" end with all the stuff, except the cut rod.

      And the "A" end

       

      I have adapted the policy of all cars having working cut levers, working from both sides of the car.

      Got the "A" end folded and mounted using cut down cotter pins to mount.

       

       

      Comming right along, Tomorrow the other car's jewelry  and then the doors.  I'm feeling pretty good that I'll get them all done before next Sunday.

       

      This post was edited by Dave Taylor at February 4, 2019 4:01 AM EST
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    • February 4, 2019 9:40 AM EST
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      Great looking jewelry! Clean and precise.

    • February 4, 2019 11:23 AM EST
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      Great looking car Dave, The Gray top trim is a nice touch, so the yellow isnt overpowering.  good detailing too

    • February 4, 2019 2:43 PM EST
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      Nice work on the ”jewelry”. How are you bending the cut levers so precise And consisten?

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    • February 4, 2019 3:19 PM EST
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      The wire for the truss rods and the cut levers is 14 gage copper wire, just striped the insulation off.  It is very soft, and easy to bend.   And easy to un-bend straighten out and do over, and in some cases over.  

       

      In the end I will paint it silver to match the rest of the hardware.

       

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    • February 4, 2019 5:58 PM EST
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      Dave Taylor said:

      I have adapted the policy of all cars having working cut levers, working from both sides of the car.

       

       

       

      Oh, I like that idea!

    • February 4, 2019 9:44 PM EST
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      The boxcar is great but the details really make it something special.

    • February 4, 2019 11:42 PM EST
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      I got the doors on and opening and they close also.... Milestone passed.

      Got all the "Jewelry  on and basically  Done!!!!  with one, except lettering and touch up....

       

      One Done!!!!  Two to go...

      And the total mess of the work bench...

      AND  I DISCOVERED... If I pull a drawer out it holds an in progress car just nicely..

       

      My plan is to Finnish the next regular car, and then push thru to the end on the outside braced car.

       

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    • February 6, 2019 9:31 PM EST
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      Finished the second boxcar today........   two down and one to go.

       

      Got the doors made for the wagon top boxcar.  I'm making this one into a ventilated boxcar.  4 doors,  I guess that makes it a sedan.

       

      The vented door,  would be used for fruit and those shipments that had to be kept cooler then in a sealed car in the summer.

      Three possible combinations,  Both doors open.

      Solid door closed.

      Vented door closed.

      Time for some paint, and then start detailing....  I think that I can get it done by the end..

       

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    • February 6, 2019 10:04 PM EST
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      Love the doors, Dave.

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    • February 8, 2019 12:52 AM EST
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      Got to work on the third boxcar..  nearly finished .

      I want to put some seams in ht e roof, but i'm not sure how to achieve them.  These wagon top roofs were typically painted canvas, and they had sewn seams.

       

      Need to build the truss rods and paint the underside.

       

      Then do touch up paint on all three and that would get it done..

       

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    • February 8, 2019 1:42 AM EST
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      I am in love with that wagon top. I think that would be perfect for what I have envisioned for my little indoor layout.

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    • February 8, 2019 9:02 AM EST
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      That is an interesting car, love the prison door!  As i havent been watching with sufficient attention, i missed that you are building a whole train of cars, well done!

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