Plow Bolts [was: Installing A New Deck On A Flat Car]


Tony Thompson
 

Ron Merrick wrote:

. . . the regular flat head one as used for flatcar decking, and possibly other freight car uses . . .
For HO modeling purposes, it reduces to a round dot, as David said.  But at least now I know the reason that this is true.

   Yet model flat cars continue to have raised bolt heads on decks . . .

Tony Thompson




Dennis Storzek
 

On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 02:27 PM, Tony Thompson wrote:
. . . the regular flat head one as used for flatcar decking, and possibly other freight car uses . . .
For HO modeling purposes, it reduces to a round dot, as David said.  But at least now I know the reason that this is true.

   Yet model flat cars continue to have raised bolt heads on decks .

I donno, Tony. I've never tooled a flatcar deck, but Accurail's wood running boards model them as smooth round flat spots, about .002" deep, so they'll catch any weathering wash. When these flat head bolts are tightened they are supposed to pull slightly below the surface so the don't catch things or present a tripping hazard, so the flat depressions model the way they actually look.

Dennis Storzek 
 


Mark Vinski
 

Sanding the round model bolt heads  lightly makes them look more like flat heads.

Mark Vinski