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"No Welding" Gondola Plans
now available for download
By Pat Turner
"This gondola is made for easy construction and
your own "riding scales" railroad car in 1/8 (1-1/2") scale using these
easy-to-follow plans. As
built, this car is 6' long, 16-1/2" wide.
addition of seats, 2 average sized adults can ride comfortably on your favorite
7-1/4 or 7-1/2" gauge railroad.
step photos and drawings are especially designed for modelers who are not
equipped to do welding.
Drawing dimensions are easy to follow.
Build this railroad car in 1/8 scale using standard wood working
tools. No welding required!
Construct the gondola
using plywood for the main body parts and square poplar for the ribs. The top
rail is oak. All parts are glued with Liquid Nails or yellow wood glue
and screwed or nailed. All plywood parts were screwed together with drywall type
screws and the smaller parts such as the side ribs, end ribs and top rail were
nailed. The finished car with couplers but less trucks weighed 55lbs and is very
strong and stable.
directions with photos show how to cut out the plywood shapes and assemble.
Flip over and attach the centersill and bolsters. Add the details, your trucks
and couplers, paint and decals and your ready to ride the rails.
To save costs,
these plans are available as a download only. After your purchase, you
will be given access to the plans. Print out your plans to refer to as you
build your gondola.
The centersill is constructed from a 2x4. The car's rigidity
comes from its plywood sides.
"...its a great car to have.
Mine is going to be lettered Pennsylvania. It went together fairly easy.
Only thing I can stress to
other builders is use a pneumatic brad nailer. It saved so much time and hassle
once I got my own. I had got the initial body together with glue, tried
nailing it with a hammer, and I kept bending the nails, having to pull them
out, nail it again, and it took sometimes 10 minutes to do one nail. Also
I'm going to modify mine with 2 less ribs on the side so the graphics will
be longer, and easier to read.
Other than those 2 things, its
an absolutely terrific car..."
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