DIY Containers?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Evan, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Evan

    Evan Member

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    Hi all,

    Does anyone have a template for 20' or 40' or 48' containers? I'd like try making some, as need a whole heap for a N-trak module I have planned.

    Thanks
  2. Mrplow123

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    Unfortunatly I don't have any templates, I do have a few of each size in N-scale. I would be willing to make some measurements if that would help. This does sound like a great idea. I would be interested to know how you make them and from what material. I have decided to build a larger container yard on my revised layout. And after seeing how much the average price is(about 8-10 bucks for 2) I would love to make my own. Let me know how it goes.
  3. MilesWestern

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    I believe there's a website That has downloadable (highly detailed) N scale shipping containers made out of cardstock (for free) as downloadable .pdf 's Does anyone know what site I'm tqalking about :confused:
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    I also have another bunch of them in PDF form. I can send them to you. Let me know.
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  7. shortliner

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    Evan - some more for you at 'nother good container source is http://home.wanadoo.nl/schatborn/
    - he also has a wide variety of trailers.Shortliner (Jack) away up here in the Highlands
  8. Mrplow123

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    Thanks guys for the helpfull links. I am going to pick up some card stock today and build a few of these to see how they turn out. This is going to save me a TON of money. And thanks jflessne for sending me those PDF's, I just need to figure out how to scale them down to N. :thumb:
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    Download them into Photoshop or PaintShopPro and resize them. If you have done so, print them. If you have built some, please send me a photo, so I can see what you did and place it on my website.
    Greetings Robert, webmaster and construtor of all those containers
  10. jflessne

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    Robert great site!

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    These are some great sites here to save you alot of money.:D :D
  12. Evan

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    This is SO cool. Getting some carboard for the printer on Saturday. Pics will follow.....

    Evan
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    Here they are.

    Well after finding out I could buy a new All-In-One printer for the price of replacement ink for my current printer, I got some of the containers made. It took a little playing around to get the images resized, but I figured it all out. I have only made a few so far, but they are really easy to do. I printed them on 110# card stock from Office Depot. The first one I did I tried cutting it out with scisors, and then fold it in to shape. That turned out to be a pain, took way too long and couldn't get the folds right. So I used a metal straight edge and an Xacto and cut them out on a metal surface. Went way faster, they for the folds I lightly scored the card stock with the Xacto, just cutting the surface. Then they folded great, and the lines look sharp and great. Here are the pics of the finished product. just looking at them from a foot or 2 away, you can't tell the difference. If you inspect closer yuo can tell they are not plastic, but they look great. By them selfs with out any plastic containers next to them, they look like the real thing. So I am thinking of not sing any of my plastic ones, and just using all paper. That way they don't contrast each other. Let me know what you think. And if anyone wants any specific container images resized to N, let me know.

    In the first pic, you can tell which ones are real and fake, but you have to look.

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    Wow they look good! :thumb:
  16. shortliner

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    For low relief back-scenes print, stick to a sheet of "thick-ish "balsa, fold top and sides (where they show) around the ends, trim and place against the backing board, build stacks 3, 4, 5 high. It is also worth doing a googly image serch for pics of containers, resizing them and sticking them flat on the backscene, you can get some surprisingly good effects. You'll find end-on stacks there too
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
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    Thanks for the idea. I made a double stack graphic. Was fun learning how to calculate out the sizes, and were to put flaps to fold it all together

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    I also made some from Norbtach's Pages. Thanks for all the work that you have done Norbtach.

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  20. Evan

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    Hi all,

    I've recently bought a whole bunch of TTX cars, so want to make containers. The files from this site: http://home.wanadoo.nl/schatborn/ time out getting them. Does anyone have the PDF's from there they could send me?

    Thanks