This will be a crew car to go with the crane that I just finished.|
It will have a small cabin on one end with tool boxes along the sides in front of the cabin.
I'm using a short base made out of aluminum from an old Lionel tender for the frame of the flat car that the cab will be mounted to.
The deck for the flat car is made from a sheet of styrene that has grooves in it to represent boards.
Searching thru my collection of trucks, I found this pair of old lief spring archbar trucks that will be perfect for it.
The are mounted on the underside of the flat car.
The end sills and couplers are mounted on each end.
These caboose steps will be mounted on one end to make it easier for getting on and off the car.
The area is cut out on each side of the deck where the steps will go.
Then the steps are mounted in place.
The cab is going to be built out of 1/8 inch plywood.
I've cut the opening in one of the sidewalls for a window and I'm machining the edges to make the opening square using a 1/16 diameter end mill.
When all of openings are cut out of the side panels, they are then glued together.
The sidewall of the cab are all glued to the floor.
Gluing the roof on the cab.
Strips of plastic and wood are glued to the edges of the roof to trim it out.
Plastic " L " trim is glued on the corners and strips of plastic are glued to the sides for the bracing.
Small nails are put in to represent the carriage bolts that hold the trim and bracing strips on.
The doors and windows are all glued in place.
The walkways have been added to the roof of the cab.
Making the railing for the end of the car is next on the list.
The holes are being drilled into the end sill for mounting a piece of brass angle that the railing will be attached to.
Here I am using a small hand drill to hold the tap for putting threads in the holes for 00-90 screws.
These screws are only .040 diameter and I have to be very - very careful when tapping the holes in the pot-metal end sill.
The piece of brass angle is to the top right in the photo and the two screws that I'll be using to fasten it in place are at the tip of the pencil.
Here is how the brass angle fits on the end sill.
The two halves of the railing are bent to shape and the piece of brass angle is soldered to the bottom ends of the railing.
Then the center supports are soldered onto the railing.
The finished railing is mounted on the end sill.
Here I'm soldering a piece of brass angle to the back side of the ladder so I can fasten the ladder onto the end sill.
The bottom of the ladder is fastened on with a small screw and the top is fastened on with two small nails.
The two hand rails are mounted on top of the foot board to finish the mounting of the ladder.
The brake wheel has been mounted on the opposite side of the railing.
Using a small end mill for making the hole for the mounting stub on the smokestack that I'm using for this.
The smokestack is pressed into the hole in the roof.
The ladder on this end of the cab has also been mounted in place and the two hand rails are fastened onto the foot board on the roof.
Here is the finished crew car.
I set the crew car and the crane outside and took a couple of photos.