Scratched Tetraethyl Lead tanker-3000 gals- in progress

Bobby pitts Aug 26, 2021

  1. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    I've always wanted to build one of these cars. This is the version after the cars were moved to Canada!

    Regards, Bobby 2021-08-24_01-39-15~2.jpg 2021-08-09_08-28-51~2.jpg
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wow. That nut and bolt detail is so real. The underframe view reminds me of building box cars at PC&F. I can hear the rattle of air equipment and the crackle of welders at work.
     
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  3. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Supporter

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    Amazing craftsmanship, like a fine handmade watch.
    Almost a shame to paint it.
     
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  4. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    Thank you both very much, it's much appreciated!

    Regards, Bobby
     
  5. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The brake rigging detail is excellent! Looking great so far.
     
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  6. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    I appreciate it Hemi! I just finished the tank rail and it was a chore!

    Regards, Bobby
     
  7. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    That's what's catching my eye. One can almost imagine the hiss of compressed air as the brake cylinder moves all those rods and levers, and the squeal of the brake shoes on the wheels.

    And then there's the rest of the outstanding model.

    In a word, WOW...
     
  8. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    Thank you so much mike, you're most kind!

    Regards, Bobby
     
  9. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    What did you use to make the tank? A section of pipe, or styrene wrapped around a form? The diameter for this one seems pretty small, and if I were to guess, I'd say the underframe is an Athearn component. What reporting mark will these cars have? The solid-bearing trucks date it to an era which I know little about.

    Your work always inspires me, your modeling subjects are so unique. Tank cars are so under-represented on model railroads, especially when you consider all different types of liquids and gases transported by rail. I found a GATX tank car manual at the university library, so I have a few potential projects in mind. My favorite tank cars are the ATSF TK-S class, but I have yet to find a set of decals for them, so as much as I want to scratchbuild tank cars, I'm a bit stuck.
     
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  10. Bobby pitts

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    Thank you! The tank is 3/4 inch styrene wrapped with .015 sheet styrene to achieve the correct diameter of 5' 6". The frame is Athearn cut down to a 21' truck spacing. I used 1/32 brass angle to strengthen the frame and make the walk seem thicker. The car is as it would have been after the moving to Canada. The Ethyl emblem was removed, and that was good because none are available except one that's for the 6,000 gal car. I'll make the ladders today because none are available.

    Regards, Bobby
     
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  11. Shortround

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    Very nice craftmanship. I enjoy seeing the results. Thanks.

    Rich
     
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  12. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks a lot Rich!

    Regards, Bobby
     
  13. fordy744

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    Some beautiful work there again!
     
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  14. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks a lot!

    Regards, Bobby
     
  15. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Sharp looking car!
     
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  16. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks! I painted the frame today and worked on the tank and hope to Paint it tomorrow. Not long to go , I hope!
     
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  17. Bobby pitts

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    Here's the finished car. 2021-09-12_12-05-02.jpg
     
  18. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    There's another beauty!(y)

    The amount and quality of detail is astonishing.
     
  19. Bobby pitts

    Bobby pitts TrainBoard Member

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    Your very kind Mike!

    Regards, Bobby
     
  20. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Great scott, thats incredible! Very nicely done.
     
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