Wooden Models #39: Combined Car train build

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-22-2016 09:51 PM 2177 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started to scratch build the T&J passenger car but after some searching around found some thing just that little bit different and an now going with what they call a Combined Car.
This is what they used to use when it was a short line that needed to carry people but not enough to need a full car so they would use part of it for a mail car or just about any thing to make it pay for it self.
So this is my main car to get ideas from.

Plus I have it in my head that this is the car Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid blow up when they used too much dynamite trying to get in the safe.
Remember surely you remember it. LOL

I’ve got two days in it so far and will be using the left over scrapes from the Caboose.
Cherry and walnut are the woods.
So off we go on a wild ride I hope you like it.

Here is the picture I will be using to get the measurements I’ll need.
It is a plastic model that is at the right angle to copy and then blow up to the size that I hope will match the caboose.
I ended up enlarging to 158, it took me a few tries to get it right, a great waste of paper but I can still use the other side.

I well need to cut out a lot a windows and wanting them to be as nice as possible I didn’t use the scroll saw.

To speed things up a little I cut the top off of the windows, now I can use the miter saw to cut the window sides and will use the band saw for the bottom and then a file to clean it all up.

Here we are framing the door and windows.
I used the same picture to get the measurements for the windows, just line the picture up and draw some lines no need to figure any of it out it’s already done for me.

Adding some trim, this will hide my window cut at the top, it wasn’t bad could have left it but just wanted to add so color.

Now on to building doors and here again I used the same trick with the miter saw to get those cleaner lines.
I usually get in a big hurry and glue the side up but for the first time I forced myself to have the windows and doors done before I glued up the sides.
Much easier and I can sand every thing up so much better!!!

I think I should add here that as I build the different parts I sand them to level every thing out glue on another part sand it level.
Just saying I sand and then sand some more.
By the time I’ve gotten to this point I should not be needing to sand any thing, all should be right with the world, but then I sand some more. HELP!!!

Finally to the fun stuff!!!

Now I’m ready to start the top and I do beleave that it is the hardest part to this build, at least for me.
I have no plans to go by and really haven’t found any really good pictures showing the end of the car, so will be scratching my head a lot on this.

Before I go any farther I need to sleep on this last part, I want to get the two levels blended just right if I can and it’s been a long day.

That’s all folks.
Sorry it was so long but yesterday I just didn’t feel like I had enough done to post.

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 10:24 PM

Remember now???

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 10:51 PM

Looking good !!

I think You need one of these !

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 10:52 PM

That is going to look great. I’ve seen a few train builds here on LJs and have yet to do one myself. I’m a railroad fan (Pessny) and collect O scale brass. I think I’ll have to start planning on building a Pennsylvania RR N6b cabin car (aka caboose) :)

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 11:36 PM

Joe that’s it just what I’ve been needing but I want it in a saw dust color me thinks.

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 01:33 AM

Very nice. I commend you on your ingenuity and foresight to make a special room for the bar…

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#6 posted 04-23-2016 01:47 PM

Looking forward to following this build.

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#8 posted 04-24-2016 02:00 PM

Very nice I am looking fwd to the rest of the build

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