Re: Grab Iron tool

Donald Ford <ford.donald77@...>

I made one of the tools from scrap and it works great.  I made one change by cut with a saw a grove in one side at each top grove helps hold the wire in place.  I also pebend with plires the wireto a ninty degree then bend the other side down.  Works good for those odd size grabs like on the ends of PRR H21 and GLa (Iam an SPF) hopper cars.
Don Ford
Kanab UT

From: steve l <stevelucas3@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Mon, November 23, 2009 8:42:57 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Grab Iron tool

Was the article not a Bobo Hundman one on scratchbuilding an ATSF stock car?

As for "Christmas" trees, Ben Stein's opinion is illuminating- -

"Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away."

Steve Lucas.

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups. com, SUVCWORR@... wrote:

That article was in Mainline Modeler but I don't recall the issue and my copies are currently
in storage. The tool works very well and depending on the angle you use, it will allow you to make any wi
width grab iron in small or large increments. The shallower the angle the smaller the steps in width. You
need two pieces of styrene. The first you cut in the shape of a (politically incorrect term coming) Christmas
tree. The trunk becomes the handle. Overlay the branch area with the scribed siding styrene. Then
deepen the scribe lines with either a knife or razor saw. One pass of a saw is usually all that is needed.

Rich Orr

Sometime back one of the magazines ran an article where a piece of sheet
plastic with manufactured scribed slots (siding?) was cut in a triangular
shape with the slots running parallel to the base of the triangle. Then,
you pick the slot that matches the width that you need and lay a piece of
wire in it and simply bend it over the edges of the plastic. Bingo, a grab
iron. The taller the triangle combined with a narrow base gives you a LOT
of slots which vary in length only slightly as you go from one slot to the

I built one of these for a zero cost using scraps from the plastic box and
it works great.

Hopefully my description makes sense.

Allen Cain

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