Measure once cut twice. These are words to live by.
Reasoning that there are only two truss rods on these 20-ton, 33-foot cars, and given the number of bolt heads on the ends, I felt six stringers were in order. 126 more words
6 days, 10 hours ago
Okay, so the approach of welding the sides to the ends didn’t work so well. The weights themselves pose a much larger gluing surface, however, and so, I made them integral to the cars. 134 more words
1 week, 1 day ago
The Toyota Production System — Lean Manufacturing here in North America — will tell you that batch-building is bonkers. Lean suggests that we should limit work in progress, and build things one at a time. 183 more words
2 weeks, 3 days ago
The evening of detailing did nothing to shake my conviction that three models is enough.
Once I’d trapped the little wandering buggers with some tape, the… 106 more words
3 weeks, 6 days ago
I can see that I’m going to finish these flat cars with a little kit of jigs and templates. Hopefully when I go to dust them off one day, I will remember this series of posts. 42 more words
1 month ago
In order to get swappable loads, I need to not only get the stake pockets all aligned, but also the side sills the same distance apart and aligned relative to one another. 208 more words
1 month, 1 week ago
It is a strange fact that I have never scratchbuilt a flat car before. I clearly remember the Kalmbach book, Easy to Build Model Railroad Freight Cars… 191 more words