Building a Frisco Caboose in HO Scale

Discussion in 'Cabooses' started by r c h, May 14, 2014.

  1. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    I wrote an article detailing the construction of my model of SLSF 1237 in HO scale. I have attached it here in PDF format for anyone who is interested.

    If you have any issues with the document, let me know and I'll see what I can do to fix it. I haven't prepared anything like this before, so I expect there will be some problems. Anyone who has experience with creating PDFs, please feel free to give me advice on how to improve the finished product.

    Edited to add: I inserted a drawing into the article PDF with window arrangements full size for HO scale. This drawing can be printed and cutouts made to attach to your model for cutting out the new windows. Although Frisco cabooses 1275-1292 are not the focus of the article, I included a window arrangement drawing of these cabooses for comparison.

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  2. magistrate

    magistrate Member

    I was able to download it to my nook with no trouble and I then enjoyed reading it . A very nice article. I look forward to trying out some of your methods.
  3. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    Thank you, Robert. I am glad it worked and glad that you enjoyed it.
  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Excellent modeling and instructions. Maybe this will finally provide me with some get-up-and-go for that MKT widevision caboose that's been languishing in my Land of Unused Models.

    Best Regards,
  5. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Supporter

  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Nice article!

  7. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone!

    Now, to weather this caboose...
  8. paul slavens

    paul slavens Member

    Awesome work, I enjoyed the article and would love to build one of these. I always wondered how you moved all the windows around. now I know !
  9. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Howdy Ryan,

    Terrific caboose article, it was very nicely done. Your modeling looks great, too.

    Thanks for sharing it with us,
    Mike Corley
  10. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Good job Ryan. A very interesting read.

  11. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    Thanks, guys. I'm glad y'all enjoyed it.
  12. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Really neat model and great write up!
  13. cthart

    cthart Member

    Great work, Ryan! I'm not sure if it was your idea, but it's a great one to print the caboose side plan on paper and stick it to the styrene -- it results in quite precise windows and was one thing that was stuck on figuring out how to do.
  14. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    Thank you, Sherrel. Colin, I'm glad you like that method. I'm not sure where I picked that up, but surely I'm not the first to do it.

    I wonder if making the templates available here for anyone to download would be useful? I could print them to PDF so all anyone would have to do is print them out full size and attach them to their own model. I drew up both the early and late EV caboose sides already, so it's not a problem. Or I could include them in the article.
  15. cthart

    cthart Member

    Please add them to the article -- although I already printed a copy to study carefully. :)

    While I won't use them (yet), I might be tempted to make one of these cabooses in the future. I was modeling BN 1978-82 but have decided to back-date a little to approx 1976-1980. I do own a number of Frisco models (including the same transfer caboose). I'd like to try this technique for scratchbuilding an (ex-) Northern Pacific metal sided caboose.

    Cheers & thanks!

  16. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    I've updated the attachment in the original post to include a drawing I used to cut out new windows in the caboose sides.
  17. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    I will say one thing, man that is a great article. Well worth the time to view and study over.
    Bill Jackson
  18. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    Wow, what a great compliment! Thanks, Bill.
  19. rayw

    rayw Member

    Your caboose looks great. Nice modeling and nice article. I've saved a copy for future reference. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  20. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I agree with everyone Ryan.
    Thats some great work. Wish I had you PC skills too. I have a few pair of them trucks as well, they are sure nice.

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