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My 1st ever completely scratch built something...

Post by FWLR » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:27 am

Been doing 16mm 32mm gauge garden railway now for just over about 2 years. Not long I know compared to most of the other members on this excellent forum and I thought it's about time I started to build completely scratch built wagon or something. I know I have made some coal wagons and Anne's small loco for her slate mine and other stuff. Also the crane that I made completely from coffee stirrers, that I am really proud of... All have been done with other peoples chassis or bodies that I have used or altered in some way. But nothing that I have made involved putting wheels into a chassis that didn't include ready made kits.

So here we go with my 1st attempt at doing that. I have cheated a little bit in that I have used some Swift Sixteen 'I Beam Chassis' but I hope you can forgive me that one thing, well two with the wheels... :lol: :lol:

1st I needed to drill some holes into the beams has they don't have any for the bearings. I could have put some Plasticard on the inside of the beams with the bearings in them and I did think of that after I drilled the holes.... :roll: So I carefully marked the hole centres and drilled 6mm holes 3mm deep. I have to say the 3mm deep holes was carefully guessed.... :lol:....I did mark the drill bit 3mm + from the tip to act has a depth gauge. They turned out ok has you will see...

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The two small holes you can see are bubbles from the mouldings....

The chassis with the wheels fitted and the end plates.

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A very very short video of the chassis freely running....



I have started to make the floor, but I haven't got around to finishing it yet.

So more to follow. What I haven't got in mind yet, is what to put on the chassis.
My mind has gone completely blank and useless, it may be sometime before I get to finish it...... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Unless a member can give me some ideas..... :idea: :idea: :idea:
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Re: My 1st ever completely scratch built something...

Post by idlemarvel » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:53 pm

Great start look forward to viewing the end result. :thumbup:
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Re: My 1st ever completely scratch built something...

Post by DonW » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:52 pm

Looks good.

The choice of body is up to you.
A piece of 3mm ply cut so the grain run across and scored to represent planking would make a flat wagon you can add details such a rings to fix ropes or chains to hold a load on.
Add sides and ends also from 2 or 3mm ply and you have an open.
Add taller ends and sides the add a roof either metal or laminated card (paint with shellac after laminating the curve to seal the card)
Detailing can be added in all cases

2mm ply represent 1.5 inch planks at 16mm 3mm ply gives 2.25 inch planks

For corner plates etc. on a open I use the tubes Tomato Puree comes in. Cut them open (when empty) wash and rollout flat easily cut and bent. An alternative could be the Aluminium dishes you take away comes in.

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Re: My 1st ever completely scratch built something...

Post by ge_rik » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:59 am

Great start, Rod. I expect whatever you decide to mount on the chassis will be well up to your usual high standard, given the quality of you scratch built garage building.

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Re: My 1st ever completely scratch built something...

Post by FWLR » Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:56 am

Thanks Rik, that is a really great compliment coming from such a fantastic scratch builder as you are.

Still in this moment of time I haven't got much of an idea what to do has yet. I do have some ideas, but it's deciding on what..... Confucius he says...:scratch: :scratch:

Still no rush, you know at what speed I go at.... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: My 1st ever completely scratch built something...

Post by -steves- » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:22 pm

Rod

That looks absolutely brilliant, I too look forward to seeing what comes out of it :thumbup: :thumbup:
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