Over at mylargescale.com they have a challenge every year to build something that rolls.
There’s no prize, as it’s not really a contest -
One of the problems with building from scratch is that there are no instructions! The drawings and pictures you find seem to just tantalize -
I started by ordering some scale lumber from Kappler. They allow you to specify the scale and then the dimension (in inches) of the wood that you want. Very handy!
I also enlarged the plans to 1:20 scale. My timing was perfect -
I bought a truck kit from Hartford Products and some brass grab irons and bolts from Phil Dippel.
In the background, you can see one of the pictures of the inside from the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.
I’ve covered the wooden floor with brass sheet. I tried to blacken it, but the finish was too uneven, so I’ll be painting it.
I also took a number of shortcuts in construction. The chain is simply glued to each door panel -
The chain is looped over a brass bar in my model, where in real life it was wound around it -
Ready for painting.
The finished model.