My first caboose build

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My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:33 am

I decided to put my new caboose pedestals to good use and decided to build myself one. I started building this two Fridays ago. I'm using the "build a plywood box and attach stuff to it" method of construction. I have the sheathing done and the roof on, next will be the bottom frame and I'll detail it when I get it on its wheels.
I'm modeling it after a Maryland and Pennsylvania bobber, I had a good set of measured drawings, and I liked the spring rigging.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:34 pm

Here's today's work, cast the caboose steps and some poling pockets.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by jscarmozza » Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:47 pm

Nice job, did you cover the 'plywood box' with sheeting or did you scribe the individual board lines in the plywood? If the sheeting was individual boards, what type of wood did you use? John

Ps. You're a pretty good pattern maker too.

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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:12 pm

Thanks, my patternmaking methods and materials would probably leave an actual patternmaker in an apoplectic fit, but they work for me.
As far as the siding, it is individual strips, 3/4" wide to simulate a 6" board width in 1/8th scale. Pretty simple, really, I just got the clearest pine board at Lowe's that I could find and ripped it into 1/8" thick strips. No special equipment for the bevel, either, I just set my bandsaw table to 45 degrees, and set up a guide board so that when I ran the strips through, it just took the corner off. Watch your fingers when you do this, by the way. One of the things that I liked about this was that the bevel wasn't pristine, it was a bit on the rough side, and after knocking the fuzz off with a sanding block it looked like a board that may have been rough milled. After that I glued and bradded the strips one at a time to the shell. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. For glue I use Gorilla brand wood glue, pretty good stuff and sets up quickly enough that if you have a piece that is too small to nail it will still stay in place.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by PRR5406 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:16 am

I saw this caboose in person, and it is awesome. The metal details will only make it better.

I would think this would be a good time to hit up the Duck for steps and similar details, while he's in a casting mood.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:29 am

I still have a bunch of pedestals from the first batch, available for immediate delivery. ..
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by jscarmozza » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:31 pm

I'm far from needing a caboose as I haven't completed any of my locomotives yet, but, I like to see what other builders are doing and how they're doing it. I like to experiment with techniques to see how difficult they are to do and how well they turn out. OddDuck's caboose caught my eye, I like the look. John

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Re: My first caboose build

Post by PRR5406 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:33 pm

Build your caboose and show the flag. Just a thought!
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:22 pm

Some progress. Since it's cold and snowy up this neck of the woods today, I decided to start detailing the doors and windows. Basically piecing it together as I go.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:23 am

OddDuck wrote:Some progress. Since it's cold and snowy up this neck of the woods today, I decided to start detailing the doors and windows. Basically piecing it together as I go.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by OddDuck » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:13 am

Thanks BDD, hopefully my hamfisted paint job will cover my woodworking sins, there always seems to be one piece that gets cracked just as you finished with it, and the glue is setting and it's too late to take it off.
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Re: My first caboose build

Post by NP317 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:12 am

OddDuck wrote: [snip]...there always seems to be one piece that gets cracked just as you finished with it, and the glue is setting and it's too late to take it off.
Prototypical.
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