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"Z"-CAR FRAMING QUESTION

Bill Keene
 

Now that I am getting caught up on my list o'stuff to do around the house--we will not discuss what is on the wife's list--I am beginning to layout the sides of an MKT single sheathed caboose. You know ... that little "house" that tagged along behind a train of steam era box cars. The sides are framed with C-channels and Z-shapes. 

My question to the master builders on this list is what do you use for Z-shapes? Also if not an available product what method do you use to fabricate the Z-shapes? The prototype framing is nominally 3x3-inches. 

Thanks, Cheers, & Happy Modeling. 
Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

Bill Welch
 

This is what I have done:

Cut 0.005" styrene sheet into strips scale 3" wide. This is the base that is glued (carefully too much will distort this thin styrene) and let it cure over night. 

Next carefully glue 0.020" x 0.020" strip to the 0.005" and let it cure overnight

Next glue 0.010" x 0.030 strip to complete the "Z"

Bill Welch

Mont Switzer
 

Bill,

Would it help to glue the .020 x .020 stock to the .005 styrene sheet?  Then cut the 3 inch side strips?  Might make it all easier to handle.  

Mont Switzer


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This is what I have done:

Cut 0.005" styrene sheet into strips scale 3" wide. This is the base that is glued (carefully too much will distort this thin styrene) and let it cure over night. 

Next carefully glue 0.020" x 0.020" strip to the 0.005" and let it cure overnight

Next glue 0.010" x 0.030 strip to complete the "Z"

Bill Welch

Bill Welch
 

It might Mont, certainly would not hurt to try.

Bill Welch

mel perry
 

here's another idea which popped up in
today's mailbox, courtesy of the "railwaybullshippers group", the article
is the m&stl stock car, not sure of the
strength of the joint

Article: Scratchbuilding M&StL Stock Cars

An article by Charles Swartz from the Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler, Volume #7, Issue #2:

http://anyflip.com/ning/ctgz

The article begins on Page 3 and has charts, a parts list and many photos.

Bob Chaparro

Moderator

just passing it on

mel perry

Kemal Mumcu
 

Bill, what adhesive do you use for this job?

Colin Meikle

Bill Welch
 

Testors liquid sparingly with a 10/0 brush. After application I blow on the joint. After curing overnight, I come back with dull knife blade and test the joints.

Bill Welch