gene48 on February 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm Mike You are doing a very nice job on the underframe. Gene Deimling
You are doing a very nice job on the underframe.
Thank you Gene. -Mike
Did you build that center sill up from five separate strips or is it a channel with two “caps”? Regardless, this is fine modeling and you are whetting my appetite to try it myself!
It’s made from two 0.250″ channels for the sides that are connected by a strip of 0.030″ x 0.250″ plus another strip of 0.030″ x 0.060″ to get the fifteen inch width. I milled off one of the flanges on each channel before gluing everything together.
I really enjoy following along with this project.
The focus on the creation of the components instead of the overall model is a shift in attention that relates the project in terms of following along on the construction of a rail car and not the making of a model. It becomes “how I scratchbuilt a Pullman Standard centre sill” instead of “how I built a model of a PS5344” boxcar. I like it.
Thanks for continuing to invite me to your workbench, via the blog and the books. I really appreciate it.
Just on clicking Send I thought of something I should have included thirty seconds ago when I wrote the first part.
For the modeler, new to scratchbuilding, I hope they recognize how this approach to sharing a project breaks down the intimidation. We shift from, “I could never scratchbuild a boxcar” to, hopefully, “I could make that centre sill”.
You’re welcome Chris and thank you.
Ignore e quality of the modelling, good as it is: I am learning an awful lot about how the real thing is made from these posts.