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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AEFRE 49 - #4C The Flat Car with Decking

It's time to get back to the AE&FRE #49. As the construction is covered, an explanation of what caused the delay will be explained.

In earlier post, the need to find and understand photos, drawings, etc. of the model you wish to build was explained.

From the book of "I should Have Looked Better at the Big Blue Binder Given to Me" comes the following. About 2 or so years ago someone gave me a large blue 3-ring binder containing many 8x10" photos of the Chicago Aurora & Elgin cars. I briefly looked through the photos and then placed the binder on the shelf.

If you recall, you may have to read prior post on the on the construction of 49, I and others have only been able to locate photos of the AE&FRE 49 which are of the motorman's side. I called these "west side" photos. As far as I knew no photos of the other side of the locomotive existed. A few days ago I picked-up the blue binder to look at the photos. The second to the last photo was the only non-CA&E photo in the binder. It was a photo of the non-motorman's or "east side" of 49! I was floored!

I do not recall who gave me the blue binder with the photos. Also, the photo is not marked as to whom took the photo of the east side of 49. The discovery of this photo came after my model of the 49 was completed. The effects of finding the photo after the completion of the 49 will come up in later posts.

This is a copy of the photo recently discovered.

The construction covered in this post was completed many months ago. This means the information is not as fresh in my mind as needed. As work was done photos were taken. The photos are used to show you the construction as well as to refresh my memory.

Styrene will be applied to sides, ends, top, and part of the bottom end of the brass frame. When this styrene application is completed the styrene will enclose the ends of the frame. The reason for this is to prevent the brass frame from coming loose from the styrene frame and body. 

Remember to work on either wax paper or "Saran Wrap". This way the ACC will not get on and/or attach the frame to your work bench. You can place the frame on the wax paper as a way to keep everything level. 

Before cutting any styrene take a long look at the photos of the side of the car's deck from the truck center to the end of the car. You should note the side of the deck frame members are higher from the body bolster to the end of the car.

Also when looking at the side of the deck at the ends of the car, the end of the deck is made up of 2 different pieces of lumber. Two pieces of styrene of appropriate dimensions will be used on each end.  They will be added to the ends of the frame in different steps. 

For the sides, cut styrene of appropriate dimensional size and length. Attach to the sides of the brass frame with ACC. After the ACC has set, the ends may have to be sanded if the styrene was cut too long. 

Remember a scale 9" have to be added to each end of the car's deck for clearance of the truck frames. The brass frame as it is currently is the actual length of the real #49. From the photo the 9" will be made up of 2 pieces at each end. 

Cut 2 pieces of styrene for the end pieces. They should make up only 1/2 of the 9" end piece. More will appear on this later. Attach them to the end of the frame with ACC. Allow the frame to "cure" for up to 12 hours.

After the 12 hours apply plastic glue to any styrene to styrene joints. But none where ACC was used. Allow the plastic glue to completely set.

The following photo requires a few explanations.

The 2 pieces of styrene in the center of the frame were made to space the beams of the frame. The brass and styrene side pieces may have a slight warp and/or may not be exactly spaced. These 2 styrene pieces will help when the decking is glued in place.

The top piece of the 2 spacers will be used as the needle beams. The needle beams along with the 5 pieces of styrene attached will eventually be glued in place.

The end styrene pieces were cut longer than required. They will be sanded to length once the glue used for the styrene to styrene joint has completely cured.

There is a lot more to come.


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