Frame Rack Flatcar

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Strthoky, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

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    I am looking into either buying some of these or scratchbuilding some (or at least try to) as I am always seeing these things around here.
    Does anyone have any info on these????

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  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I know in HO they are readily available. As for scratch building, I would consider it a fairly easy project if you were to use brass stock and bend it in a home made jig for uniformity. I'd love to see where this project takes you, please keep us posted.
  3. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

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    yea I have to get a better pic so I can make a decent copy of the frames from brass stock
  4. nscalesteve

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    try this link: http://www.alancurtismodels.com/
  5. Strthoky

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    thanks nscale steve... that was the first place I looked.. Alan has the 89 foot flat car I could use as a base but thats it. I was hoping one was already out there... thats a lotta litlle truck frames to fabricate
  6. Catt

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    Strthoky,might I suggest that you build one frame ,make a mold ,and cast your own frames.Then sell me a few car loads of them. :D
  7. Alan Curtis

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    I have been sent a lot of photographs of these cars and the frames, but pattermaking and castings would be a bit difficult. The frames would need to be cast in resin as metal would probably be too heavy, especially on one of my metal 89ft flatcars.

    The resin castings would be rather delicate, and LOTS would be needed per car.

    There are also racks which hold the frames, and racks on the car end which hold small containers. A very interesting car, but quite a challenge to reproduce well.
  8. absnut

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    Welcome to the Gauge, Alan...... a great place to be!

    Dick
  9. Drew1125

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    I haven't tried this particular type of load, but if it were me, rather than fabricating indiviual frames, I would look into a way of making each stack a single piece...perhaps a core piece mader of wood, foam, styrene, etc, with styrene, brass, or plastruct shapes attached to the outside...?
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Welcome Alan. Your fantastic abilities in manufacturing and model railroading is ours to enjoy.
  11. Clerk

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    Welcome Alan. I almost went into shock when I saw your post on the gauge.

    Telegrapher
  12. Alan Curtis

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    Thanks fellas. Good to see some familiar names here :)
  13. Catt

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    It's about time you got here Mr. Curtis.:D Glad you are here my friend.
  14. shaygetz

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    Charlie's got a lead here...how about making patterns of the left and right sides of the frame stacks, casting those then joining them with bits of square stock?

    Greetings to you Allen from the Gulf of Mexico.