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« on: June 12, 2019, 10:27:38 PM »

About a month and a half ago I decided finally to cobble together an On30 caboose I'd drawn back around 2008. It's been more work than it's worth and, frankly, I'm dissatisfied with the results so far but I suppose it's okay for a "pilot model". Actually, I started construction just to see whether I like the design and, if I do, maybe I'll rebuild the whole thing but with more laser cut parts and figure out ways to create other parts with tools other than my hands, a knife, and pliers.

First the drawing.

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 10:28:32 PM »

Now a shot of the walls under construction. -- Russ


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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 10:32:14 PM »

Hey Unc most satisfactory!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 10:35:09 PM »

Here is what it looks like now. To my eye, it's a little rough -- too "handmade" -- and, in this case, using cardstock and wood construction seems largely to be responsible for that appearance. It also has made building the model much more difficult and finicky since the whole thing is only about four inches long. I think I now remember why I dread scratchbuilding boxcars and cabooses. -- Russ


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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 10:47:49 PM »

Hi Russ.
yes, satisfactory -please proceed and finish it.
cheers
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 02:18:07 AM »

Russ, I don't think it is that bad at all , actually, I like it very much.  !! It is just to new at this stage. Needs some serious weathering. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 06:00:01 AM »

HI Russ, looks very interesting and inspiring and of course but also high as brand new. Hey just why not, it doesn't have to look like everything that would have to scare the ride.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 06:14:08 AM »

Russ, I agree, your caboose looks pretty good.
The only thing that stands out to me is that the wood and cardstock parts look stained rather than painted. There is a slight difference in the intensity of the color on those different materials too. But the construction looks really nicely done.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 12:44:15 PM »

I will complete it but it is below the standard of this forum's modeling. It will have to be a "test build" to reveal what must change on a future iteration. For one thing, the proportions looked better on paper than they do in reality. The thing also is taking "forever" to build and that is something I would change on a revised model; it needs much better engineering. Styrene would have been a far better material to use. The only reason I've posted it is to let you know I've been working on something, not just sitting in the audience. -- Russ
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2019, 02:39:52 PM »

I think it passes the "cute" test.
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 04:33:36 PM »

I fooled around with the caboose today and have decided to salvage the trucks but scrap everything else. More work would be a waste of time. On the other hand, I can study the body to see what I did wrong.

The end steps (below) match the plans perfectly, were difficult to build, took hours to assemble, but look wrong on the model and stick out too far. I smoothed their rough edges a couple of weeks ago but won't bother to attach them permanently.

Too many other parts fit poorly, involve unsatisfactory compromises, or just look wrong, especially the hardware. As Lawton says, the design is "cute" but, as I suggested above, "cute" isn't what I had in mind. The reason I posted photos is to show how we often have to throw out days of work and rebuild all or parts of a model before it turns out properly. In this case even the plans themselves need revision.

As I said at the beginning, it is a pilot model.

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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2019, 09:39:32 PM »

Has nice lines. Good to see you modeling!
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2019, 09:53:16 PM »

Looks good Russ! It reminds me of a Westside Lumber caboose.
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2019, 12:10:17 AM »

Interesting project. I think it looks pretty good except for the swaybacked roof on the cupola.

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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2019, 12:11:59 AM »

Ray, you're not supposed to mention those things, at least not before it's all done. This IS a very attractive caboose and it would certainly be worth  trying a styrene version before giving up the idea. Russ, have you tried the steps in place? I'm wondering if they will be visually too heavy for such a small caboose-- I like seeing the truck below the platform. Maybe some home-grown strap steps under a full-width platform? Just thinkin'   DF
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