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    Article: Gondola 101

    You can view the page at https://www.nscale.net/forums/content.php?218-Gondola-101
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    Getting a little crazy with the lathe.

    Due to the lack of good replacement wheelsets for locomotives and my fickle tendencies for detail. I am embarking on some precision machining and testing the limits of my self and my Chinesium lathe....
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    FWIW, I've used the Fox Valley wheelsets in a lot...

    FWIW, I've used the Fox Valley wheelsets in a lot of my MT pizza cutter conversions, in both 33" and 36". I've had zero issues with coupler heights and in fact the 36" look great and have a noticable...
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    Here's a good fake it to make it, you use solder...

    Here's a good fake it to make it, you use solder to make the cable, .015" silver solder is very close to scale (scale 2.4"). To make the heads of the cable, where it mounts on the unit, use an extra...
  5. Hey guys, I've decided to sell this project. If...

    Hey guys, I've decided to sell this project. If anyone is interested, check it out on eBay.
  6. Sorry about that, I forgot to check the box to...

    Sorry about that, I forgot to check the box to make the Album public. Can anyone verify they see all images now?
  7. Centerbeam article part 2

    *I had to break the article into two parts to allow all the photos in.*


    On to the trucks and wheels. I worked out a three step process that leads to good results: paint, highlight, and powder. I...
  8. Centerbeam article part 1

    Detailing and weathering an unloaded Centerbeam Flatcar.
    http://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=68411&d=1425703504
    Supplies I used:
    •various X-acto blades
    •flush cut...
  9. After some major overtime at work, I was able to...

    After some major overtime at work, I was able to get back to this project tonight. Minus a broken stirrup and brake wheel (going to see if MTL has them or I'll order some BLMA parts), I've finished....
  10. Alright, I'm working on the write-up. I made good...

    Alright, I'm working on the write-up. I made good progress on it tonight and will probably finish it up tomorrow. I still need to finish the weathering and some minor details.

    Here's the mid...
  11. Detailing and weathering an unloaded centerbeam flat.

    I see a lot of centerbeams modeled with loads but not many without. I like when workers criss-cross the rigging(I'm sure its so they don't have to reel in the cables). My first attempt was this TTX. ...
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    Sticky: I'm a little rusty(pun intended) at weathering....

    I'm a little rusty(pun intended) at weathering. Here's a LO I had lying around. I'm not satisfied with it. I'm gonna throw some oils on it next.
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    Wow! I never thought of JB weld for cutting down...

    Wow! I never thought of JB weld for cutting down metal frames. How did you cut the halves to join them? Is there enough metal to make a solid joint? Could you scan and share the line drawing? Makes...
  14. I've been picking mine up at the local monthly...

    I've been picking mine up at the local monthly swap meet. I don't like paying more than $5-6 a kit, because I replace the couplers(comes with dummy knuckles) and replace the wheelsets with metal...
  15. Anyone else enjoy Intermountain Kits like I do?

    I just built another kit and I still don't get sick of them. Is anyone else still taking the time to build any? I think the main thing I like them is I can easily modernize 40' boxcars. This one took...
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    From my personal experience, the extra work...

    From my personal experience, the extra work involved in body mounting is worth it. I don't have real tight radii on my switching layout. The drawback I had with truck mounted came from reverse moves...
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    Do you still need a motor, I just found one in my...

    Do you still need a motor, I just found one in my stash? If not, ebay it goes.
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    I did one and the only issue I ran into was the...

    I did one and the only issue I ran into was the sides want to bow inwards at the top. Simple bracing solves this or use thicker styrene for the sides.
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    I start with a new sheet of styrene and check for...

    I start with a new sheet of styrene and check for square using a good metal square. I then mark equal measurements on either side of the sheet. I start with my longest cut(like the overall length of...
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    Article: Gondola 101

    You can view the page at http://www.nscale.net/forums/content.php?217-Gondola-101
  21. Sorry about that, the old forum allowed HTML and...

    Sorry about that, the old forum allowed HTML and I didn't know the new one didn't. live and learn.
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    I've been shooting for the majority of my life...

    I've been shooting for the majority of my life (started at 11) and shot professional in the past. I've got a large collection of new and vintage Nikon/Nikkor glass, the old glass is my favorite. I...
  23. Modeling Hiatus

    Sorry I moved and bought a house and I am just getting back in to armchair modeling. I wondered what happened to my How-to, I think when the site reformatted it got deleted. If there is still a...
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    Stripping a Kato E8

    I have a earlier Kato that I'm trying to strip, anyone have any luck with taking the paint off. I had it soaking in 91% isopropyl alcohol. only a portion of the paint is removing.
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    long siding

    The whole set would come to just under 1000 scale feet or 6 real feet(72 inches).
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