do you scratch build?

bremner Oct 2, 2017

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do you scratch build?

  1. yes

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    63.3%
  2. no

    2 vote(s)
    4.1%
  3. only when I need to

    12 vote(s)
    24.5%
  4. I don't, but I would like to learn

    4 vote(s)
    8.2%
  1. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    A mix of kit-bashing and scratch building of late.

    I recently discovered doing 3' Narrow Gauge using HO trains for 1/55 scale.

    I'm not very good at it. I call it CRAP Building.

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    I was rebuilding a TYCO switcher as a freelance gas loco and my option was either 1/35

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    Or, 1/55

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    HO scale mechs and wheels scale out to a better representation for 1/55.

    My personal rule is that everything has to be repurposed and home made. Couplers are cut down horn hooks, and things like brake wheels are old gears from watches. I didn't build this gondola, I just covered an old gondola with a thin veneer of wood sheathing, it;s actually an old TYco 40' HO gon.

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    Some of the things I am building on:

    http://www.freerails.com/gallery/6001/6001_260240_310000000.jpg

    http://freerails.com/gallery/6001/6001_130412_310000000.jpg

    https://www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?media/peir-wall-panel.134345/full&d=1549227145

    https://www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?media/the-tiny-fleet.134082/full&d=1547277990

    https://www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?media/the-tiny-fleet.134086/full&d=1547277990

    https://www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?media/window-sashes.134062/full&d=1547071226
     
  2. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    That’s what it’s all about.
     
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  3. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    Short update
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  4. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    Project completed..........

    CARL'S CATTLE COMPANY, INC.
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    Thanks for looking,
    Carl
     
  5. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    Great scene with the lighting and all, that'll keep the wranglers busy for awhile!

    Even some manure, mmmmmmmm!!:p
     
  6. Dave1905

    Dave1905 TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, I enjoy scratchbuilding.

    Here are 3 gondolas I built from home made resin castings:

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    I have videos explaining how I make resin castings: https://wnbranch.com/how-tos/

    I scratchbuilt this boxcar on the carcass of a MDC caboose:

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    I scratchbuilt the yard office for Wilmington 6th Ave Yard:
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    And since I handlay my track, you could say all my visible track is "scratchbuilt" too.
     
  7. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    Great work!
     
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  8. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here is another one of my creations -- I built it for my friends On30 layout

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    Thanks,
    Wolf
     
  9. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    Dang, that's a nice station Wolf!!(y)

    Real nice southwestern flair to it.:cool:
     
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  10. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thank you, Kurt!!

    The layout setting is in Texas.

    Wolf
     
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  11. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    Very nice station Wolf. Layout setting in Texas, I would have guessed the RGS in Santa Fe.

    Well done , my friend,
    Carl
     
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  12. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    My latest project: a Southern Tobacco Hogshead Boxcar.
    The model is built from the Ambroid instructions, but the wood has been replaced with styrene equivalents. The core is a bit different than the instructions, since 1/4” styrene is a bit excessive, but the underbody and sides are built pretty much the same as the wood version would have been. Since I didn’t want to sand and seal all the original kit parts, styrene was the obvious substitute. The rest of the brake rigging needs to be done, along with the roof ribs. The Ambroid kit has the as-built roll-up door, but mine will have the later plug door. The guy I bought the original wood kit from said he made every variant of this car. image.jpg
     
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  13. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    You have all seen images of my latest scratch project in earlier posts. I though I would add, a "final" report with a short 1:00 minute Y-T video to show it "as planted" in the club layout with sound, no less, as well as operating lights that are 0402 size LEDs. I toned the brightness way down by adding a small pot to the circuit.

    Hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking.

    Carl



    The sound volume has proven to be a challenge when editing for this video. I turned the sound track down to 25% and it sounded good on the preview but in making it into vid the volume seems to seek its own level.
     

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