Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wagon Load 2



On a rainy weekend afternoon I decided to do some cleanup of the workbench area, in sorting through the piles of bits scattered around I found some old sprues from some previously completed model kits.


I was ready to chuck them into the bin when I realized what potential they had so I put them to one side with a note about their usage whilst I continued the clean up. Once that was done I picked up the sprues and sorted them into length and shape piles.



My intention was to rework the sprues into piping loads for longer wheelbased wagons and to get this started I measured some of the longer pieces  to get a average length of 6.00 inches and was able to cut  most of them to get a long piece and a leftover of various length. The ends and stubs were trimmed flat and square, residual flashing was trimmed or filed off , various  bumps and roots (connections to other sprues) filed off. Other lengths with more interesting formations just had the ends trimmed square.
I had some spare 2-58 washers and trial fitted these to the trimmed end of the sprues, to simulate the flanges on the ends of piping, decided they looked acceptable and glued them in place. I also added the same washers to various stubs sticking out from the sprues. The partially finished pipes were then washed in detergent, allowed to dry and painted with two coats of matte black.

Looking at the completed items I thought additional details were need to improve the finished look so I dropped by Hobby Junction in Dorval where I found the ideal bits, N gauge brake wheels , which would serve as valve handles.



Several locations on the piping lengths were selected and the sprues were drilled to accept the brake wheel shafts. These were then glued in place and painted in either red or white which made the finished articles look more interesting


Then I manufactured various shipping fixtures and added chains and strap downs in different combinations. The resultant loads can be used with long wheelbase wagons or if required static loads parked on the layout.

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