3/4" Scale Refer Cars

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Steve Bratina
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3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Steve Bratina » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:52 pm

Since I am quite pleased with how the box cars have worked out, I decided to make up some molds to make refer cars. New A and B ends and hatch molds were made. The roof walk, frame, trucks, brake wheel and couplers are the same as on the box car. The side is 22 ga sheet metal with a paper side attached. The side is a colored O scale car side from a 1937 issue of Model Railroader Magazine. I hade it blown up on to photo paper at the local print shop. It was then trimmed and cemented onto the sheet metal side. Grab irons, corner braces, kick plates and a brake wheel was added. I have several paper sides that I could have printed so I hope to make a string of refer cars. Next up will be a gondola car.
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Steve Bratina » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:54 pm

Here are two more shots.
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Erie2936 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:35 pm

Looks great Steve!
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Pipescs » Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:23 pm

Having never seen your work, I have to ask, do you have a thread on the making of the molds?

These are extremely well done.
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Steve Bratina » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:51 pm

I guess I could do a thread on the molds. I will see if I can post some stuff next month as time is tight right now. You might want to check the Smooth On website to see if there are any classes in your area. they would be a great aid in getting your feet wet.

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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Wolfgang » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:16 am

Hello Steve!

Haven't talked to you in quite some time. Sorry I didn't see you at the Hamilton Club gettogether last Sep. 20.

Your reefers certainly look marvellous! Is the top removable ie. is the interior easily accessible for use as an ice box? One inch of foam-in-place insulation would probably suffice for keeping drinks cool.

All you'd have to figure out is the refrigeration system.:-)). Is anybody here up to it to designing a steam refrigeration system? It has been done but my knowledge of thermodynamics is too rusty to attempt this.

Besides I am too busy with my house move.

Best,

Wolfgang

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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by cp4449 » Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:17 pm

Incredible! Plastic right?
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Steve Bratina » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:50 pm

Hello Wolfgang,
No, the top is fixed right to the car. Rule G you know. The Absorption Refrigeration System is what you are thinking of. As for the car, the ends, roof walk, ice hatches, main frame wheels and bolsters are all plastic from molds. The roof is plastic sheeting from the local hobby shop (Evergreen Plastic Sheets) with a 22 ga. sheet metal backing. The sides are photo paper with again a 22ga. sheet metal backing. The floor is 3/4" plywood. The grab irons are individual 1/16 brass wire pieces bent to shape and attached with 0-3/8 round head wood screws.
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Pipescs » Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:09 pm

Checked out the Smooth On Website....

Most interesting. Would greatly enjoy a thread on your patterns and molds.
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by JBodenmann » Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:03 pm

Hi Steve
I must compliment you on your beautiful rolling stock and most innovative techniques. The printed car sides remind me of the old days when card stock, pencils and ink were common construction material. In the long gone Model Builder magazine, ( you old timers might remember it) a most talented fellow named Frank Ellison would make very convincing structures and rolling stock with card , ink, paint and a few little pieces of wood. From a couple feet away, which is how our models are mostly viewed you could not tell. You are well on your way to having a very fine freight train which I hope to see some day.
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Andy R » Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:08 am

Hi Steve,
The car really looks nice.
Is there any treatment to the photo paper to prevent damage from sweaty palms etc?
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Re: 3/4" Scale Refer Cars

Post by Steve Bratina » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:50 pm

Hello Andy,
When finished, the car is sprayed with an automotive clear coat. This seals the car up nicely and on the box cars, it also helps seal the lettering.

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