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The mail train build #1: Just getting started

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Blog entry by jeffswildwood posted 03-15-2020 08:52 PM 572 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There is one project that has been on my bucket list for a long time. A train. Not just a train but a mail train that I incorporate a post office box door into it. You all know how much I like to do these door projects. The only problem is I have no idea how to make one. That has never stopped me before so I decided to give it a shot. I actually started this project many months ago, back in the mid summer by making some rough plans. I have read htl’s blog on his train, the general, I bet 100 times and studied many others train versions just as many times. So with the rough plans drawn it was time to start. I’m going to be playing it by ear, trial and error so any advice will be appreciated.

First is my rough plans. Drawn to scale on green poster board so I can somewhat see how things will go. Plus I can revise as I go.

As I said, rough plans as it only shows side view. I’ll have to determine the width later. These were drawn up as I said in the mid summer. Looks like they suffered some damage during that time.

In the early fall I had some time to work on it. I had some really nice walnut so I carried my lathe outside and began the boiler portion. Seemed like a good piece to begin with. Turned out to be tricky with the slope. It’s ready for further work now but still rough. I left it set for future turning for more details.

Today, I finally got back to it and plan to keep up the work before other projects jump up. I had some 3/8 oak, the size and material I planned to use so I began the cab sides. I marked and cut out for the windows. I plan to recess plexiglass into the inside for an added detain and “seal” the cab.

Time for a test fit and start trying to figure out the width for the front and bottom pieces. I have to remember the door so I also have to figure out how I want it to be.

I think I got a good start going! I’m hoping I can stay with it and get it finished but it may take some time. Deciding details ahead of time. Thanks for looking and if any model builders have any advice or tips, please let me know.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 03-15-2020 09:06 PM

This will be nice.

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#2 posted 03-15-2020 09:13 PM

looks like your off to a very GR8 start Jeff .. just know if i can be on any help just me me a shout out :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 03-15-2020 09:16 PM

Jeff – take lots of pictures and post them. Your mail locomotive is a really cool idea.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 03-15-2020 09:38 PM

I’ll be following Jeff. Looks like a fun project.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 03-15-2020 09:40 PM

Neat concept and a great start to it.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 03-15-2020 10:51 PM

Thanks for the encouragement! This may take some time but that’s the fun, getting there. Tony, I bet I’ll really need your help at wheel time.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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htl

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#7 posted 03-15-2020 11:50 PM

I love these post office doors and have played with one of the bigger ones.
Great idea putting it on a train.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/130264

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#8 posted 03-16-2020 12:09 AM



I love these post office doors and have played with one of the bigger ones.
Great idea putting it on a train.

- htl


Thanks buddy. I’m hoping it works out! Thanks for your blog. As I said above, I bet I read it 100 times.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 03-16-2020 02:51 AM

Looks like a fun project Jeff! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures along the way.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 03-16-2020 09:59 AM

Got a seat on this train

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 03-16-2020 12:21 PM

Really cool idea Jeff! I’ll be looking forward to following along :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 03-16-2020 12:41 PM

Thanks for checking this out. Now I really want to push ahead. I really like seeing the super model makers following! I really look forward to their advice and critique. There will be lots of trial and error but even that is part of the fun.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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htl

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#13 posted 03-16-2020 09:41 PM

You don’t understand I’m here to steal your ideas. LOL! :-]

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#14 posted 03-16-2020 10:46 PM



You don t understand I m here to steal your ideas. LOL! :-]

- htl


I see no problem there :-))

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 03-17-2020 03:20 AM

The mail must go through. Should be interesting and will be following along.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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