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    Default Making lumber load covers for centerbeam cars?

    I have several centerbeam cars of varying lengths that I would like to make loads for. Making the load is not a problem but I want a prototypical cover for them. Either Canfor or GP or other popular lumber companies. I know it should be a simple thing to print and cut out but I am not real good at judging the scale of what they should be. Has anyone done this? Any tips or tricks?

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    PM me your email... I have a couple but they are too big to upload here.
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    There was an article in last years MRH e-zine:
    http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/m...e_lumber_loads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbass01 View Post
    PM me your email... I have a couple but they are too big to upload here.
    Have you tried uploading to the Downloads section?
    How big are they?
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    Ron I just did a bunch of these too, I just went out on the internet found the logo I was wanting to use, brought it into paint and copied over and over in a pattern like you see on the wraps.
    I then printed out out several times at different scales and held it up to the centerbeam car to get the scale were it looked like a prototype picture I was using. I have some pictures I will attached later today.
    I know these loads are prototypical, but I made them to be removable, and change from car to car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Have you tried uploading to the Downloads section?
    How big are they?
    Bryan, there are two .doc files ~ 145k each...
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    DSC00749.jpgJazzbass01 kindly sent me the document of two wraps. A photo of both of them as loaded on the wagon.

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    Very nice!!!!
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    Thanks to Jazzbass01 for the printouts and to my wife who created and built the loads.

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    What type of paper did you use, it looks very thin..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrooge View Post
    DSC00749.jpgJazzbass01 kindly sent me the document of two wraps. A photo of both of them as loaded on the wagon.

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    Scrooge musta been so excited to take pics he musta forgot to remove one of the foam handrail inserts off that front Conrail loco, hehe.
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    I used 80gsm standard copying paper covering 1/4" coffee stirrers glued together, all seem to work ok, any thicker and the load would protrude. I did forget to take out the hand rail insert for the picture, however, I do sometimes leave them in as protection.

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    I've been toying with the same idea. Currently, I've taken some side-on prototype photos of loads, and worked with my graphics editor to turn them into 3-D cardstock models. They fold up like a box with glue-tabs, etc. Eventually, I will wrap them around a square wood dowel. The absolute toughest part for me is scaling them to the right size. Even with a scale ruler, it's tough to get them dead-on. (I want them perfect so that the tie downs even line up!)

    Here's the first one I've ever done (WHY did I not make a simple box first, I have no idea...) I used regular, cheap inkjet paper because that's what I had on hand. "Final" versions would be printed on heavier paper or card stock.
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    I made two boxes out of some balsa I had laying around and then printed the wrappers on regular paper. I also stuffed some lead fishing weights into the boxes so the car would track better.

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    That looks really nice, MM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeeman View Post
    There was an article in last years MRH e-zine:
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    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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    Check out some of these loads: http://nscaleaddiction.blogspot.com/...ber-loads.html
    The blogger (John Leaders) is also an author of many articles in N-Scale Railroading magazine.
    How he gets these things so dead-on perfect eludes me! The simulated tie-downs actually line up with the ratchet molded on the car.

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    Many years ago I used regular blocks of 1x1 wood wrapped in plastic to simulate wood loads that way. Got the idea from N Scale Magazine. It will work with centerbeams and Flatbed cars too, just cut to size. The wood is heavy enough that you don't have to weigh the car down.
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    I need some wraps for my Lumber Loads.Can anyone help me locate this items.

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    No offense, but did you read this thread?

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