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eldorado48

Posts: 56
Post Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 8, 2013,
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I just finished a model of a SP F-70-6 bulkhead flat car. As I was busy decaling the car, I discovered a really bone-headed mistake in the fishbelly sides. I think that it will be a long time before I build another to fix the problem. I did learn some interesting techniques by following Lee Turner's weathering techniques on working with acrylics and styrene. The car has a styrene deck with Tamiya acrylic flat gray washed with brown/yellow and black. I then used Simple Green to remove a portion of the finish and in some case taking it to white styrene. Subsequent washes removed with white and replaced it with the look of freshly scraped wood. The carriage bolt heads are Tichy .030" rivets sanded down to nearly flat. The Simple Green and Q-tip pulled the brown wash over them and accented their location and rusty color.

The Proto48 Modeler was just updated to the 20th edition
http://www.proto48.org

Gene D

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joes_shop

Posts: 245
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 9, 2013,
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Gene: thank for posting the technique you used on the deck-looks great.

Regards,

J. P. Kelly

"Only make new mistakes."

Tom-
Dempsey

Posts: 108
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 9, 2013,
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Greetings Gene, What did you use to model the lower actuator on the coupler in the first picture?

eldorado48

Posts: 56
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 9, 2013,
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Tom
The uncoupling mechanism is not in place yet (cut lever). The bracket came from Protocraft. They offer these original Clouser castings. The master was done by Bill Clouser in the early 1970s. Norm Buckhart purchased the Clouser patterns when Bill passed away.

Gene D

Tom-
Dempsey

Posts: 108
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 9, 2013,
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Thanks Gene, I bought some of those from Norm, somehow mine don't look as good, but I sure like the coupler once you put the work into it. I don't like the way the cut lever looks when you build it and I've been pondering how to make it more correct looking. I figured a brass spoon arrangement to actually rotate the lift lever up, but mounting gets real "fiddlely", and I haven't figured that part out yet. Have you experimented with how much of the square bottom of the lift lever can be excised before you compromise the action?

Tom Dempsey

Proto48Pat-
rick

Posts: 553
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 9, 2013,
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Pretty great there Gene!

Did I read correctly that Norm was going to do an updated version of the Clouser Type E coupler? Cant remember where I read that. I love the look of the San Juans, and I can get them to operate pretty smoothly, but they are still plastic and Im wondering how many knuckles I'll end up going though when I start operations.

Patrick Welch

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Chris W

Posts: 261
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 14, 2013,
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Great work, the deck has a nice look to it.

Chris

George-
Losse

Posts: 30
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 15, 2013,
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Patrick,
At Chicago Norm mentioned during the P48 meeting that he was going to import assembled versions of the Clouser coupler.

George Losse

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eldorado48

Posts: 56
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: April 15, 2013,
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Actually, it is a new tooling design to more closely match the Type-E. The coupler samples were received and tested on Norm's layout. Some adjustments were ordered to the appearance smoothing out some shapes. The couplers worked very well.
The new couplers are set up with a slotted shank to allow some springing and centering.

While on the subject of couplers, San Juan Car Company has the standard gauge Evolution coupler in production. This coupler has the outward appearance of the current Type-E but it is automatic using a magnetic uncoupling action like Kadee. The coupler is supposed to be dead-scale in size as compared to approximation of the new Kadee.
Gene D

raybaumill-
er

Posts: 399
Post Re: Flat Car That Took Too Long
on: October 13, 2019,
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Hi,
Used to think there were way too many flat car articles. But I have changed my mind. Much easier to build than a box car and may be particular to ur rr interests.
Lighting a fire to get going is now the dilemma (HAHA).
RAy

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