Mi-Jack Translift Crane in Z scale!

HoboTim Aug 31, 2006

  1. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Tim, I thought you were a gennie, so I have two wish left. :D
     
  2. HoboTim

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    Intermodal Wishlist!

    Two things!

    I have Two things I want to post about Intermodal Equipment!

    #1- I'm going to play Democrat and leak my secret list of future Intermodal Equipment I am going to make.

    #2- Ask for recommendation/suggestions as to other Intermodal Equipment that I might have missed or that are definitely required of an Intermodal Yard.

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    #1 Intermodal Equipment List

    * Chassis Rack - To vertically store container Chassis Trailers to make room in the Intermodal Yard. Rack will be make from etched brass and have several working parts.

    * 20' Tank Container - Two ideas for these Tank Containers. First, I have re-engineered the etched film to create a 3D brass etching to attach to a Styrene tube making it a 20' Tank Container. Second, I machine an aluminum blank and attempt to make the 20' Tank containers using my small Plastic Injection machine.

    * Chassis Loader/Transporter - A modified Front End Loader used to transport chassis trailers and also to stack them in the Chassis Rack.

    * Container Loader - Similar to the newest Kalmar container loader, my version is the long, telescoping boom with the adjustible container frame. The loader can load/unload railcars from different angles. Can be used to stack vertically too. Eliminated the need for a Piggy Packer (one use only) and a container forklift (one use only) by combining the two machines into ONE.

    * Ottawa's - Perhaps make another run of Z scale Ottawa Yard Mules. Depends on requests!

    * Maintenance/Yard Buildings - I know I will build some for me, but if their is a great desire for these type buildings, I'll give it a try!

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    #2 Recommendations & Suggestions

    OK, I would like to hear from you as to what other equipment and structures that need to also be made to complete a Intermodal Yard.

    What do we need to make a true and realistic Intermodal Yard!

    Please tell me what you think. I can take all input and create a poll for Intermodal modellers. Let me know! Post answers here!

    Hobo Tim
     
  3. david f.

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    container stacker

    well tim, i don't know much about container terminals, but there is (was) a small Sante Fe/BNSF yard south of denver that had loading/unloading with the use one of these stackers (not mi-jacks) that really appeals to me. for those of us with small layouts, a stacker (like the one shown) could allow us to run container freight, if we chose, without having to commit a lot of space to a whole terminal facility.

    i like your mi-jack and your plans for more container products, but i think you would reach a lot of modelers if you made something we "small space" people could add on.

    i don't know which of the items you listed fills that bill (the stacker??) but whichever most comes close gets my vote, for the reasons above.
    dave f.


     
  4. HoboTim

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    2 future projects!

    Here are two photos of this proposed project! Note, the un-painted 40' Chassis' are from SEARAILS!

    * Chassis Rack - To vertically store container Chassis Trailers to make room in the Intermodal Yard. Rack will be make from etched brass and have several working parts.

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  5. HoboTim

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    Second Proposed Project!

    And here are samples of the second project! Etched brass and styrene tube!


    * 20' Tank Container - Two ideas for these Tank Containers. First, I have re-engineered the etched film to create a 3D brass etching to attach to a Styrene tube making it a 20' Tank Container. Second, I machine an aluminum blank and attempt to make the 20' Tank containers using my small Plastic Injection machine.

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    This is a 20' Tanktainer next to an un-painted 20' standard Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik container! The Husky is also from FR. Fits snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug!
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    A 20' Bulktainer type container. Union Pacific used/uses this type. Needs tweeking!

    Hobo Tim
     
  6. Don A

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    I'm interrested in a few containers.

    ...don
     
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  7. Kez

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    Tim,

    You KNOW I want some of the tanktainers. I've been hoping that you would redo them eventually. Please offer DANA and SEACO decals, since that's what I see running up here on the CSX. :)

    You rock, Tim.
     
  8. Fred Ladd

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    Tim,
    Put me in line for the tank containers- Better put me in front of KEZ as I want many!
    Fred
     
  9. rray

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    Well, I have a bunch of N Scale bulktainers, so I can just scale down their decals. Yes, I am going to need a bunch of them too Tim! :)
     
  10. HoboTim

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    I Much Needed Reply!

    I feel the need to express the fact that 20' Bulktainers/Tank-Tainers are all of "Standard" container height! I believe that comes to 8'-6" in height. A Hi-Cube is 9'-6" in height.

    Now, the reason I am stating this is that MTL only makes their containers in Hi-Cube 9'-6" heights. Only Marklin and FR make their containers in the "Standard" 8'-6" height.

    Note the photo a few postings above, of the Husky, with the FR 20' container next to the Tank-Tainer I built! It is 8'-6" tall, same as the Tank-Tainer!

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    If you plan on running these inside of Husky's, you will need to locate some Marklin or FR 20' "Standard" containers to ride along side the Tank-Tainer.

    I am not sure where to find any at this time. The few I have are not for sale! Walthers, search-online or email FR so see if he has any more. The only thing I can think of. OR, you can run the Tank-Tainers side by side without a top load containers! Always more options!

    Feel free to express more ideas here!

    Hobo Tim


    p.s. The chassis rack I have decided to keep as a personal project. The artwork for the etching film need lots more work! So, once the Mi-Jacks are finished, I will start on the 20' Bulktainer/Tank-Tainers!

    *Please let me know a quantity you might be interested in so I will know about how many brass sheets to prep and styrene tubing to purchase! I know I am going to make myself 10-25 and Jeffrey White will want some too!
     
  11. Kez

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    Tim,

    I plan on putting them on 20' chassis trailers for riding on my Alan Curtis flats, and for riding single height inside the Huskys. I see them that way all the time up here. No worries! And I would like to reserve up to ten, but at LEAST five or six.

    Fred,

    Please promise that you'll share with me at least. I vow to get your cylindricals to you! :)
     
  12. shamoo737

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    Fred and Kez, see what happends when you miss chat. I order mine yesterday during the chat session, so you guys go back to line like good little boys.

    Tim, I want 3 of each design for a total of six. I might want more, but also want at least six.
     
  13. RSmidt

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    Tim, put me down for a couple of the tanktainers.

    Fred, We did get confirmed for the Timonium Great Scale Model Train Show, so get cracking on cleanning up the Blackhole. We're coming to visit on 14 or 15 OCT. And I'll remind Bryan about your covered hoppers. ;-)

    Randy
     
  14. yojimbo

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    Very cool Tim! I'd like 4 of these please! Hopefully I can start on the Mi-Jack this weekend, thanks for the super fast shipping. I'm astounded by the detail you packed into relatively few parts. The pre-bent brass was a welcome surprise too.

    Jimmy
     
  15. JR59

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    Tim, I'll take 15 RTR's as usual! :)
     
  16. Don A

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    Tim - Do you have a rough idea on cost? That could make a tidy difference in quantity.

    ...don
     
  17. Fred Ladd

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    Tim,
    I'll take 10-15 RTR depending on cost. Great idea- and simple!

    Randy-Kez,

    OOOH NOOOO! I've got to find Dragonladies Broom. I don't know where she parked it last. That sounds great- I'll start shoveling out the rocks and pepples tomorrow. Peggy gets the boulders. At least we can get a walkway into the cave.
    And Bryan, if you forget the cylinders -- fleas from a thousand camels will infest "MARS"
     
  18. rray

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    Does your intermodal module STILL look like Mars Bryan? :eek:mg:
     
  19. sfbandman

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    Tim - I would take half a dozen of the Tank-Tainers and a container loader.

    Deane S.
     
  20. Kez

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    Well, a LITTLE less so, but overall, yeah. I just haven't settled on what I'm aiming for, and carving out modelling time has been precarious, to say the least.

    But I DO have my road, animated billboards, and cell tower installed on the offset module, even though that module is still not FINISHED either.

    I've always been slow........
     

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