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    • December 31, 2019 11:38 PM EST
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Devin: If you want some measurements I can do that.... and better pictures so you can see the placement of the trucks and couplers.



      I have excellent pictures of Pete Thorton's cars I was eyeballing as I did mine. The main problem here was two fold. I have never modeled On30 so don't have a feel for what looks right as I am building it. I was not using any sort of plans (like I did with the log cars) I was just winging it and obviously my wing needs calibrating. That's problem #1. Problem #2 was really wanting a shorty car. So even with my un-calibrated wing I was still aiming for shorter than normal. But I really don't need to go that short. I am not being radical with my curve radius and while I would say I have shot for a minimum radius on my layout design those minimums are for longish locomotives, not standard freight cars. So I think I can safely add an inch or two to the entire length of the car and get it around my layout.  The ore car is 5" long or 20 scale feet. I could add 2 more inches to it making it still only a 28' car. Not long by any standard and 7" cars will go around my proposed layout with zero issue. All main line curves are 18" min radius and branch lines 15". I do not think for one second a 7" car will work just fine.


      By extending the car two inches I think it will put that large looking end area in better perspective. It jut looks funny I think because the trucks are two close together so that gap is the same size as the ones in the ends. We are used to seeing a wide spacing between trucks. I really do not want the trucks closer to the sills. even if its odd looking the O scale draft gear box on a Kadee is 1" and I do not want them closer. On my MIK crane car last year it was so short and by the time I got the couplers on and had the trucks where the looked right the coupler box ended up actually between the wheel and I solved my turn radius problem by cutting the corners off the coupler box. It works but is ugly underneath. And with ON30 the coupler box is wider or about the same as the inside spacing of the wheels. So regardless of whether it looks right or not I want the wheels and coupler box to have separation which they will have now. So that will HAVE to be solved by lengthening the entire car and thereby have another 2" between trucks. 

    • December 31, 2019 11:13 PM EST
    • Devin: If you want some measurements I can do that.... and better pictures so you can see the placement of the trucks and couplers.

    • December 31, 2019 11:08 PM EST

      These cars look good to me. They have the end platforms I wanted, are longer and not as tall and the trucks are not tucked as far under although they re under there a ways. I will be using these on round 2


    • December 31, 2019 11:05 PM EST
    • Jim Rowson said:



      Take this with a giant grain of salt because I'm no expert.




      Thats why I asked because it doesn't look right to me either. To address some of your points. I had a vision with the big end platforms, one of uniqueness. I agree it didn't have the desired effect. But even running the bin all the way out to the ends, or nearly so, I think it will still have the "too big for the trucks look" and would need to be longer in length and shorter in height with the bin coming all the way.


      Now as for trucks/couplers. These have the brakes hon on the outside of the wheels instead of inside.


      and on the log car I like them. As I mention they are not the truck that will be used for the hopper they were bought for the log cars and were just to get a feel for it. The hoppers will have inside hung brakes like these


      I am using Kadee couplers and they are 1" long and 1/2" wide. I have the trucks positioned so that the wheels ( not that extended frame)are 1" from the sill. So the wheels on the above style truck would just miss the coupler box. So really don't want them any closer to the sill as I want these cars to run on tight curves and don't want the wheels hitting. But I think part of the optical disillusion is how short the car is which just draws even more attention to the ends. I think by lengthening the car it will make that look mo' betta'. 


      But both John and you have touched on all the things I see as glaring as well. Its just proportionately all wrong. No two ways about it. You all confirmed what I was already thinking. The whole entire car needs to be longer, shorter, and I think narrower.

    • December 31, 2019 10:45 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      The hopper seems tall and short....

      Tall and short, how can it be both at the same time. . .actually I know exactly what you mean. . .tall=height. . .short=length. . .and I agree 110%. Thats exactly what I see as well as maybe a tad too wide. Basically wrong in all dimension, .

    • December 31, 2019 10:39 PM EST
    • What Jim said, exactly. 

    • December 31, 2019 10:26 PM EST
    • Devon:


      Take this with a giant grain of salt because I'm no expert. The thing that seems wrong to me is the size of the end platforms. When I do image search for various wood hoppers, I find things like this:



      And here's the one I made (sorry you can't see the truck placement. I can take a better picture in 2020 if you want it):



      I do note that it seems like the space you are leaving for the couplers seems unusually ample to me. Those are unique trucks (to my eye) and seem to have "wings" that make them longer than I'm used to. 


      So, like I said, take all this with a grain of sale. Maybe a bag....


    • December 31, 2019 9:23 PM EST
    • The hopper seems tall and short....

    • December 31, 2019 9:07 PM EST
    • Okay guys I need/want an honest opinion. I am not loving my ore hopper.  I received my trucks from Shapeways for the log car. And I like the look of them under that car and it looks decently proportionate.




      While I am going to use a different truck for the Ore hopper it will be the same general size. And to me the Ore car looks to big for the trucks. Now I realize On30 is only 30" gauge and so trucks will look narrow under them. But to my eye the car dwarfs the truck and doesn't look right. But is that because I have a larger 30' or larger standard gauge car in mind and not a 20' narrow gauge? Or should I make the car shorter (height), narrower, and maybe even a tad longer?


      I cant move the trucks out more or they will interfere with the Kadee couplers. This is why I only made one of these cars, its a prototype to see if I like it. To me it would look better as a standard O 4 wheel car. 


      What do you guys think? It won't break my heart to scrap it or give it to someone with a standard O. But if it looks right to others I'll run with it. I am not using any sort of prototype I winged it off pictures.

    • December 31, 2019 11:18 AM EST
    •       Moi?

    • December 31, 2019 12:02 AM EST
    • Steve Featherkile said:

      Is it done, yet?

      Well you can shut up its your fault for introducing me to John.

    • December 30, 2019 9:57 PM EST
    • Is it done, yet?

    • December 29, 2019 8:12 PM EST
    • Starting on painting and weathering. Also progress on the mill. Thanks to a very large donation from George Bush I have some corrugated sign materiel for the skeleton. The mill is being build from a set of plans from Scale Model Plans. Nice plans, you get blueprints to make it like the real thing, templates you can cut out and trace, or printable files for card stock.


    • December 29, 2019 7:11 PM EST
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    • December 29, 2019 7:08 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:

      Aaaw that's cute ....does it come with a pull string ?

      That's how it feels, like a little toy train.

    • December 29, 2019 7:02 PM EST
    • Aaaw that's cute ....does it come with a pull string ?

    • December 29, 2019 6:26 PM EST
    • At that size you can paint the details on ...

    • December 29, 2019 6:24 PM EST
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Nice job! That is similar to my plan, though I only have 4 hoppers. Short cars work well on a length challenged railroad. It is those details that make it all seem realish eh?

      I don't plan on getting over the top crazy with detail parts but since this is indoors, a little more protected, and closer to eye level, I am going to add some detail to them. But I plan on operating and that will mean handling cars so a lot of fine fiddly details just isn't gonna happen. The detail will come in the scenery and buildings and other static stuff.

    • December 31, 2019 11:21 PM EST
    • Give that man a beer, it’s hot out   Great photos, Doc. 

    • December 31, 2019 11:08 PM EST
    • Geraldo never liked to work.

      Least of all, did he want to shovel coal on a hot summer’s day? Naaaah.

      He was quite content to while away his time watching trains go by his shack along the ET &WNC mainline up in the mountains.

      Thanks for looking and resting a spell with Geraldo.

      Doc Tom