Log bunks

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  1. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

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    Hi,

    In N-scale it is hard to find log cars, therefore I decided to convert my 40' fishbelly flat cars to log cars.
    Has anyone an idea how and from which material I can build these log bunks ? ( I need 4 on each flat and 12 flats to convert).
    I tryed spare rail bended in U-shape but it looks very oversized.
    Any idea is welcome.

    Paul
  2. Wyomingite

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    Hi Paul,

    I can't remember what company it is but I think it was on the Atlas forum someone mentioned log cars are coming out soon. I also was looking for log cars last year but no one had any at the time. One of the guys on this forum told me how to make some out of cabooses and they worked out great. Of course they don't look as good as log buggies so I'm also hoping someone brings them back on the market. If you go to the Academy Shamas shows you how to make logging buggies and his work is great to say the very least. I'm sure someone will jump in and offer more advice so I'll go up to the Atlas forum and find out just who is coming out with logging buggies and hopefully when. I'll get back to later. Have fun. Ron :)
  3. Wyomingite

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    Hi Again Paul,

    Micro-Trains is supposed to release there new logging buggies in December of this year. I was told some of the guys already have theres reserved so I think I will do that myself. Hope I have helped you out some. Ron ;)
  4. shamus

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    Hi Paul,
    You can make your own in N-scale using my drawings if you wish.
    All my structures are made just this way. Print out the drawing which is N-scale size and glue it to card. Then wood the sides and make a roof.
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  5. csxnscale

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    Thanks Ron ,I' ll go to the Microtrains website and see what I can find there.

    Thanks Shamus, I saved your drawing to print it later, but what I meant by log bunks, are the vertical stakes that keep the logs on the car, and the cross members on top of the flatcar for the logs to rest on.

    Paul
  6. billk

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    What code of rails did you try? Maybe Code 40 (or smaller) would look better.
  7. csxnscale

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    Hi Billk,

    I must admit I have only code 80 spare rails to try.
    I guess code 40 would look much better.
    After some thoughts maybe square styrene 1mmx1mm (0.04""x0.
    04") glued in U-shape could also serve the purpose.

    Thanks anyway for the tip Billk.
    Paul
  8. Wyomingite

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    Hey Paul,

    I went to the Microtrains website and could'nt find anything on the logging buggies. How did you make? I was hoping to see a picture of one before placing an order. Maybe someone else knows where to get more info. Ron :confused:
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    I'll Take One Of Those Bunks!

    Anyone notice that even when Shamus makes a Boo-Boo...he STILL manages to help someone out?[​IMG]

    I kept that plan for future upscaling and use on my layout.

    Thanks, Shamus!:)
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    Hi Paul, PlastaStruct makes I beams and T beams in various sizes. Some of them are very small and might be suitable. Most hobby shops carry it.
  12. csxnscale

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    Ron,
    I couldn't find them on the Microtrains website either, I wonder if the rumor is true.

    Vic,
    It is hard to find PlastaStruct in hobbyshops in Belgium, if I want something for my railroad I need to order it in the USA and they need a minimum money order.
    Guess I have to wait till I order new rolling stock to include this small items.

    Paul
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    If you just require Plastuct shipping to the USA, my LHS will do it for you.
    http://www.shrewsburymodels.co.uk/
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  14. Wyomingite

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    Hi again Paul,

    I finally got the low down on the Microtrains logging buggies today. I E-mailed Marlin at N-Scale Supply and he told me Microtrains is going to release the anouncement in December that they in fact will be making logging buggies. Theres suppose to a picture of them on the back cover of MRR this month in fact. So I would imagine they will be on the market sometime next year. Needless to say someone spun me a tall tale that they had some on order. Ha' I no longer get that magazine as I was plum out of storage room for anymore. Hopefully someone will jump in who has seen the picture of it and give us a report. Have fun building your own as its a fun project. Ron ;)
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    Ron,

    I e-mailed a question to Alan Curtis (from Curtismodels) if he sells the log bunks installed on the bulkhead flatcars he sells, as a separate kit. would be nice I think 4 log bunks in a kit for a fair price.
    I wonder what his answer will be.

    Paul
  16. Wyomingite

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    Paul,

    I think thats the outfit I contacted about two years ago. I'm sure he has a website and I will try and find it. They were nice looking kits but if I remember right they came with no trucks. He also sold finished ones and they cost at that time twenty four dollars. His kits were about fourteen dollars. The website had real nice pictures of his products and hopefully someone can tell us where it is. Ron :)
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    Hi Paul

    That was'nt the website I was thinking of but I finally found the website. Check this one out cliff@smallscalelogistics.com The Model Die Cast conversion looks really neat and I sure would like to buy one and some buggy kits but from my understanding resin products are very fragile? What do you think and maybe someone could jump in and give me there opinion. Ron :confused:
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    Ron,

    They look nice to me. Maybe you could order one kit and see for yourself if it suits your needs, you can allways order more.
    For myself I need a more modern logging style, thats why I ordered 12 kits of log bunks from Alan Curtis.
    I think they will look great on my 40' fisbelly flatcars.

    Paul
  20. Wyomingite

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    Hey Paul,

    Have fun building those logging cars as it should be a good project. I don't what I'm going to yet. I hopeing to see a picture of the new Microtrains in the near future as next month is the release month. I'm working on the mining end of my layout just now and it will be a while before I move on to the logging end. I just got a little excited when I heard someone was coming out with some logging buggies. Well have fun and thanks for all your input. Ron :)