train phone antenna

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by davidbross, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. davidbross

    davidbross New Member

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    I want to add one to an o gauge Mountain tender. Anyone have an idea how to model one convincingly?
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

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    I've heard (never tried it) of heating a plastic sprue from a model kit over a flame until it softens, then drawing it out into a long thin thread. Cut off a section that looks to be the right length and thickness and, voila, an antenna.
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    davidbross New Member

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    Thanks. That's is not what I am looking for. These PRR train antennas are elevated on litle V like like things. I am trying to figure out how to model the whole thing.
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    Fred_M Guest

    Hi, do you have a picture? I would like to see it. -x
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    davidbross New Member

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    Look up the MTH model of their M1a Mountain or any Pennsy n-8 caboose. [​IMG]
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I model in HO and have been seriously considering using Athearn diesel hand rails to create a train phone antenna. You could move pairs of the stanchions (sp?) together to make those V shaped supports. I've included an unsophisticated pic here made on my scanner to at least give an impression of how it might fit. I haven't moved the stanchions where they should be or tanything. Are O scale handrials like this available?
    Neat project!
    Ralph

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  7. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I built the one on this kitbashed caboose with steel wire bent on a home made jig.
    If I were going to build one in O scale I'd use brass strap formed in a jig for the supports and solder in the cross braces to form the "A" shaped supports While in the jig.
    See the thread "Pantographs" to see how to make and use jigs.

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