Maintenance rail car - hand made

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Chris74, May 17, 2012.

  1. Chris74

    Chris74 Member

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    As a rookie with low budget in this great hobby, and having a few rolling stock cars and locomotives, I have thought it would be nice to try a different type of vehicle - so I decided to make a draisine (as we call this type of rail cars in Europe).

    This is the original vehicle, as far as I know it's a Polish vehicle - AGMa its name, also used in Romania, Russia and probably a few other countries.
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    (Photos by my Romanian fellow modelist Sogard2003 - thanks! )

    So, I started using ordinary materials, some plastic (for the chassis and the crane arm), wire (thin for suspension "wings" plus brake shoes, and steel wire for the other things), a little bit of cardboard (for the cylinders on the chassis belly) and super-glue.

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    And then, a better painting...

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    You may also notice some round thingies on the crane arm - a cog-wheel and two pairs of nuts (taken from a clock - I gave the nuts a round shape using a nail file, as I had not four real little wheels).
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    And finally, some other details attached and... voila! It's alive! IT'S ALIVE !!!
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    Thank you for watching. :wave:
    Chris
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    What an awesome car! That is so cool! Truly a model to be proud of! :)
  3. Chris74

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    Thank you very much, sir! Actually a thing made out of "nothing", to say so, gives you a lot of satisfaction... and this is the case here, all hand made - except wheels. I have had to guess some dimensions, due to the lack of precise building plans, yet I dare to say it looks well.
  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    You don't have to dare anything, it looks great! You might want to start saving the templates to these models. People would want to reproduce them, and you could find yourself being a designer of note! :)
  5. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

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    That is some very good work.
  6. steamhead

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    I've been in the hobby longer than I care to remember, and I certainly could not come up with this out of "nothing"...
    As they say..."When you've got it...You got it.."

    Excellent job..!!
  7. Chris74

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    Thank you all for the kind words and supporting. Much appreciated! :)