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(F) Low budget flat

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:36 pm
by Chrisp
Here's my first car for my planned industrial layout, a small flat made from a paper mache box lid (idea taken from a post in this forum - thanks!) painted with rattle can primer and weathered with poster paints . The wood work is from popcicle sticks stained with ink/alcohol mixture, the couplers are pop rivets:

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The underbelly reveals my "no-tech" wheel mounting systems, On30 wheelsets held in place by nylon clips. The two fishing weights add great stability and help it track pretty well.

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At 2.25 inches wide, it is arguably too wide for 16.5mm track, but I like how it came out anyway. Total cost was around $3, so even if it ends up sitting on a siding or shelf, it was worth it.

Low budget flat

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:34 pm
by Bilco
Hi Chris - a really neat flat, looks like there's a skip chassis under that at first glance. The wheel fixing is definitely fresh thinking - an infinitely variable wheelbase - all totally brill!

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:44 am
by JT Previa
Now where have I seen that before?....Oh, I remember!

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Nice work!

I especially like the pop rivets and cable clip axle holders, great ideas. Do you know what size the cable clips are?

Flipping the lid works great as well.

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:49 pm
by Chrisp
JT - that photo of yours was an "ah-ha" moment for me and the direct inspiration for my car.

The clips are 1/8" nylon clips I found in the fasteners section of an Ace hardware store.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:31 am
by JT Previa
Chris - thanks for the info about which clips you used. I'm glad the papier mache boxes have found another user. (We should say where the box came from - I found mine at Michael's Craft store.) This site is great for sharing ideas - someone else usually puts in the elbow grease to try them out!

Did you get the deeper bottom section of the box? Any plans to make something?? :D