1½" Ride Astride Car Kit

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SPSteam2491
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1½" Ride Astride Car Kit

Post by SPSteam2491 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:33 pm

Looking to gauge some interest on ride astride car kits for 1½" scale. A 3D representation of the car is below. Some specs on the car are:

Material: All ¾" Plywood of good quality (not marine grade, just too expensive)
Overall Length: 72"
Size of seat: 8"x67½" (seat is hidden in the top ISO view)
Approx weight: 38 lbs (just the weight of the wood)

Designed to be used with a 1"x2" steel tube running down the length of the car to transfer the pulling faces.

Ends and middle include hand holds for ease of carrying/re-railing.

Car is puzzle pieced together to provide strength and ease of assembly. Car would be shipped in a non-assembled version.

Right now I am ball-parking the price around $250 plus shipping for the kit.

Thoughts or any interest?
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PeterCraymer
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Re: 1½" Ride Astride Car Kit

Post by PeterCraymer » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:46 am

I like it! I built two very similar last year and I think your price is reasonable if not too cheap! It all depends on the quality of the plywood.

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Re: 1½" Ride Astride Car Kit

Post by Benjamin Maggi » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:46 pm

Our club has decided to build kits similar to this based on the article in Live Steam magazine, and the pricing per car is around $250 for just the materials (not including screws, glue, paint). At your price, I would not only purchase several for myself but also recommend the club terminate our project and just buy them through you!
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Re: 1½" Ride Astride Car Kit

Post by rkcarguy » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:03 pm

A lot of the marine plywoods, while treated to prevent rot, do not allow good adhesion of many finishes. Many of the boat guys doing fiberglass over wood work do not use it as the glass ends up delaminating from the wood. Only if you are using it an area left bare or stained then it works ok.
Good price on the kit, looks nice and I'd expect you'll sell quite a few.

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Re: 1½" Ride Astride Car Kit

Post by Benjamin Maggi » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:28 pm

Where are you located?
"One cannot learn to swim without getting his feet wet." - Benjamin Maggi
- Building: 7.25" gauge "Sweet Pea" named "Catherine"

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