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Toy costruction #37: Coboose #1

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-17-2016 12:16 AM 1075 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 36: Well I posted her Part 37 of Toy costruction series Part 38: Caboose #2 »

Playing with a caboose this time.
I don’t know what I did but the pictures aren’t very good so just going to show a quick post of it so any that are interested in building the TOYS AND JOYS caboose can see whats involved.

The Caboose is a very simple fun project and a great way to get started building models.
There’s only 2 pages of plans so not as easy to get lost in all the details of one of the bigger plans.

Here are the main parts to the build.

For me framing out the window was a pain but by printing out the plans and hot gluing the parts to the paper plus I used a spacer board to keep the parts in line helped.
Then super gluing them it all worked out.
There must be an easier way but I haven’t come up with it yet.

O!!! I might need to mention that I shrunk the plans down.
The T&J is over 12” I cut it down to 9 1/2” which makes the small parts even harder to work with.
It’s funny when I was getting ready to build my last truck I was all freaked out at how big it was but if I would have shrunk it down like this caboose it would have been a MUCH harder model to build.

If your wanting to put details in your models bigger is better.

As always I can’t leave well enough alone and had to add some extras.
There are no plans for the in side but I got reading about cabooses and found the perfect info for filling the in side just like it should be.
This site has a history of the coboose plus great pictures and drawings to get it just right.

http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/caboose/N52A/N52A.htm

So off I went building cabinets and bunks stoves and even a sink. LOL

Got to have hand rails.

I really should make the top where it comes off to see all the work inside but you’ll just have to sneak a look through the windows when it’d done and when you do you’ll be back around 1920 or so.

I’ve been wanting to build this since I first saw the T&J plans, I built the Shop Smith train plans way back in the early 1980s and it was a ball to build.

This is a simple project and a great starter but with a little research can get quite interesting.
That’s all for now folks.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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#1 posted 04-17-2016 02:20 AM

Looks fantastic. Love all the details you adding on the inside. I would do the same thing. I have to build this to go behind my train some day.

Bret

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#2 posted 04-17-2016 02:36 AM

Wow!! That’s a lot of detail – impressive!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 07:02 AM

A lot of detail and work. Looks good. When did you started?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 01:52 PM

Dutchy I usually post after I come in from building but have two days in it so far.
Not counting a day planing and just reading about cabooses and getting a feel for the project.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 03:21 PM

I am impressed. I can see one issue with this… sooner or later you will need to build a train to pull it. Love your detail.. you continually move the goal posts..

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 03:33 PM

That is looking great. Love the added detail.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 04-17-2016 09:10 PM

Thank you Brian for all the detailed photos and notes, makes the build come alive….

PS – Your woodworking talent and patience are to behold, sir…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 04-17-2016 10:30 PM

Thanks all it is a fun build.
Ducky I’m on the look out for just the right train to go with it but so far I haven’t seen one that really catches my imagination.
For most of the older engines I will have to get my lathe skills and tools up and running.
Haven’t tried using a lathe sitting down so don’t know if it’s going to happen, we’ll see

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#9 posted 04-18-2016 12:53 AM

If you may be wanting to build a simple train check out the Shop Smith train, as I said I built it years ago and it has some great shapes for working on the lathe.
This is a toy not a model but as always any thing is possible.
http://www.shopsmithhandson.com/archives/sept_oct_02/html/major_project.htm

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#10 posted 04-18-2016 05:40 AM

Bruce, Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), I bought a few train oriented plans from T&J that should keep me away from pubs for a few months.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#11 posted 04-18-2016 06:55 AM



Bruce, Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), I bought a few train oriented plans from T&J that should keep me away from pubs for a few months.

- LittleBlackDuck

On the railway there always have been pubs or something similar.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#12 posted 04-18-2016 11:14 PM

Alex and Dutchy are you saying I need to build a dining car next with wet Bar??? LOL

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#13 posted 04-19-2016 06:39 AM

Well if we (at least I) didn’t…. we are now.. and the first glass is on you!

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#14 posted 04-20-2016 05:37 PM

So this wont be a 37-part build? HAHA

Guess I wont need to get the popcorn out, will I ? :-)
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#15 posted 04-20-2016 06:59 PM

Pop Corn! Pop Corn!! on a train???
Who ever heard a eating pop corn on a train?
On a plane, well maybe
While using a cane could happen.
But never ever on a train!!!
Gets it all greasy me thinks.

O!!! and I might add there are 246 parts to this build.
247 if you count the splinter in my finger. OUCH!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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