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    Default building an Operation Lifesaver Flatcar Load

    I was intrigued on an article from a NMRA magazine I received free at the Marion Union Station. Robert Persoon did a great article on open loads on flatcars and how he did his Winona Southern (freelanced) Operation Lifesaver flatcar to inform his guests of rail safety. I am big on rail safety and felt I would like to do my own. Robert's was from a photo that he took of the Soo Line's version. He did his in HO scale, and well were N scale so I figured I would do one of my own. While I am not 100% happy with the outcome, I feel a change or two will make this a great model piece to catch the eyes of people when my layout is completed.

    To start, I used an Athearn flatcar BNSF 576683, Bachmann crossing gates and signals #46720, Kato toyota vehicle 6 pack, some styrene, Xacto Knife with various blades of your choice and Great Planes Pro CA glue Thin/Instant. I also used a red sharpie to highlight a few areas like the stake holders on the side of the flat car and the gates.
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    Default gates and signals

    When I opened the gates, they had a top and bottom portion that rounded out to hold the gate in place. I cut the bottom off flush with the gate arm. I colored the top portion red just for a highlight, since these arent "current" styles of gate arm designs used. I set them aside to let the marker ink dry. I went on to the signals next.

    Since I liked the look of the signals as they were, all I had to do was straighten out the silver base, and cut off the square notch that is used to hold the signal in place for the Bachmann crossing. Once that was finished, I carefully glued the signals to the ends of the flat car, using the "wood" sections as a center guide. The CA glue gave me enough play to get them eyed up just right. I held the tops of the crossbucks with the tip of my finger, applying a light amount of pressure. When they felt sturdy, I carefully lifted my fingertip off and them them cure to the flatcar. Next up was the crashed Kato Toyota Car.
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    Default Kato Toyota Car-Hit by "train"

    While everything was curing I decided to work on a toyota car from the kato 6 pack. I chose the small lil Vitz from the pack since something similar was just hit here in Columbus area. While I searched for my soldering iron, I realized I left it back at my grandparents house up in Northern Ohio. I looked all around for a lighter and then dumbness hit me! I used my stove.

    Now, I dont really recommend this but I did use my electric stoves heating element, while holding the car with tweezers close enough to melt away the plastic. This method was done to give the appearance that the sheet metal was torn away by the locomotive.

    Then I took the tip of a sharp Xacto blade and scratched the windows up on the drivers side as well as the front and rear windshield. I took off one set of wheels, and broke another in half, giving the appearance that the axles were torn away from the drag down the tracks. After the car was cooled off, and the wheels dried, I lightly dipped the bottom of the car into a small amount of CA glue I pooled up and placed it on the flatcar, right in the center!

    *note for my safety...I didnt photograph the car being melted on the stove top. lol*
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    Careful melting plastic on a stove (or anywhere else for that matter). Melting plastic often gives off toxic fumes that you don't really want to breathe in -- some of them carcinogenic.

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    Default Gates mounted, signs made! Finis!

    When the car cured to the flatcar, I used the pool of CA glue to carefully drag the bottom of the gate arms coating them evenly. I placed them on opposite sides of the smashed up car, about equal distance from the car and the edges of the flatcar. I then started to make the signs from styrene.

    First, I cut out a small rectangle base with a large rectangle billboard. I glued the two together with the CA glue, and trimmed them evenly and flush with one another.

    I then used two HO scale signs for Operation Lifesaver and scanned them to my computer. Once there, I scaled them down to 54% of the HO Scale size. I tweeked them a couple times more until I liked the size that printed off. I cut them out using the Xacto knife, and used double sided tape to attach them to the billboards.

    I dipped the base of the billboard into the CA Glue and placed them centered between the signals and the car.

    While, I am not 100% happy with the billboards, ill rebuild them later. Let me say that this load was fun to build and very easy! When I rebuild the billboards, I will add that to a later build of this project, but that probably wont be for a while.

    I hope you have enjoyed this build! Remember, When its a tie at a crossing, YOU LOSE! Look, Listen & Live while crossing tracks or railfanning! Thanks for your time!
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    Thank you Jeff. this is great and I will build one. Anybody willing to do a tutorial gets a big pat on the back for sure from all of us.
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    Nice job, Jeff. And thanks for the tutorial. This looks like a fun little rainy-day project, and helpful to the layout visitors as well.

    Just yesterday, I got stopped at a crossing - had to back up to keep from getting hit by the arms. I could *SEE* the train coming, maybe 100 yards off - it's a low visibility, oblique angle crossing - and this car full of ... idiots ... pulls up from at least 2 cars behind me and snakes through the gates. Missed the train by only a couple of seconds.

    The way the crossing is configured, and with the vegetation, they could not have seen the train without getting into the crossing, with the gates already down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chessack View Post
    Careful melting plastic on a stove (or anywhere else for that matter). Melting plastic often gives off toxic fumes that you don't really want to breathe in -- some of them carcinogenic.

    C
    Yes, which is why I said it was a dumb idea and I do not recommend it. I held the plastic close enough for the heat while running the overhead fan, but still...you dont wanna play with toxic fumes. Like you said, carcinogenic fumes are not a fume you wanna breathe in...ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quietstorm View Post
    Yes, which is why I said it was a dumb idea and I do not recommend it. I held the plastic close enough for the heat while running the overhead fan, but still...you dont wanna play with toxic fumes. Like you said, carcinogenic fumes are not a fume you wanna breathe in...ever!
    Yet non-stick pans pass FDA regulations....

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    nice work, looks great

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    Really nice work. Came out great!

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