The first sample of a 30' tank car just left the
workshop. It is totally scratchbuild from 1/2" aluminum
tube, elliptical end from Plastruct, wire, turned brass
bolster pins and domes. The trucks are made by MTL.
Lettering is homemade with an ALPS printer and clear
This car was made as feasibility study an has been
scrapped in the meantime.
The next step was the creation of etching patterns on
the computer. On the left you see the finished photo
On the following pics you see the result of the first
patch up. It is now a 50' version. The assembly process
has to be optimized fot the next assemblies...
The photo brings it up - there have been some
problems with the glue - normally soldering is the
standard process for vehicles in the RRR shops.
The small dome on the left side of the platform is a
small needle head - on the 30' sample this has been
turned out of bar stock. (My wife just mumbles
something like "where are all my needles???)
Now the car is waiting for the paint job.