Posted By Dave Ottney on 02/19/2008 6:10 AM
Holy cow Jack, I just went off to the thread you did and was blown away by that model. Excellent work.
Dave, if you were impressed with that thread you should visit Jack’s web site. Beautiful models of motive power, rolling stock, structures and figures. His incredible painting techniques bring everything to life. I am green with envy.
By work caboose, I'm pretty sure you mean a special caboose used for work trains and similar tasks.
The two railroads I model (Santa Fe in HO and O)(and D&RGW in G) used regular cabeese for their work trains. So it was easy for me to model work trains...well at least the caboose part. Although now I'm repainting all the G scale cabeese to more realistic colors. So maybe it wasn't so easy /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/ermm.gif
Not strictly a work caboose, but more accurately an industrial caboose. I built my "Little Deuce Caboose" in 1996. I needed a caboose to run with silver or gold ore trains made up of LGB and (later) HLW tip bucket ore cars. The smallest cabooses at that time were the LGB and Bachmann bobbers. Both of them looked HUGE coupled to tip bucket ore cars. I needed something that would not overpower the ore cars.
The basic body is an old ScanKit wayside tool shed. That was mounted on a basswood frame. Ozark journals, Gary Raymond wheels, LGB brake shoes, Trackside Details stirrups & brakewheel, and Kadee couplers were added to the frame. Brake wheel staff, and railings were fabricated from brass rod stock. The conductor's barrel chair is made from an English Leather cologne bottle top.
It has an interior with two jump seats, a stove, a bucket of coal, and a small shovel. It would be close, but cosy in there in cold weather. It won third place in the whimsicals freight car contest at the 1997 National Garden Railway Convention in Washington, DC.
The air tank is a cut-down box that once held 0.7mm leads for mechanical pencils. The air lines were fabricated from brass rod stock. I still have another ScanKit wayside tool shed kit on hand. I am trying to decide whether to build it "stock" or build another "Little Deuce Caboose."
While a nice flatcar, it is too small for Fn3 scale (1:20.3). The HLW flatcar is likely 1:22.5 scale. I have a few and they match great with LGB, Bachmann, and USA rolling stock that are 1:22.5 scale. The biggest size difference you'll see if you use 1:22.5 equipment with 1:20.3 is that the 1:22.5 stuff will not be wide enough.