Thinking Outside the Boxcar
Posted 11 August 2009 - 01:46 AM
Train fans have shared numerous boxcar designs over the years, and as I was thumbing through some of the more creative designs; it got me thinking, what are some good tips for boxcar builders.
I recently picked up one tip after building a standard boxcar from 7898 Cargo Train Deluxe.
Toying around with a similar design, I build this simple blue boxcar similar to the red one found in the Cargo Train set.
1) The boxcar uses a standard 6x16 plate as the base.
2) Adding two 1x6 plates to the base creates a 6x18 baseplate.
3) The longer baseplate allows the use of three 6x6 roof plates.
4) The rails for the doors are separated on the bottom by two studs. Those on top touch one another.
5) Within the 2-stud wide space, a 1x2 plate is uses with a grill piece on top.
6) The grill piece prevents the doors from sliding too far to the right or to the left, but also moves just slightly enough to close the doors. This is a great tip if you've tried building with these classic cargo train doors.
From Lego's Instruction Book
Notice the 2-stud wide gab between the door rails, as well as the use of a 2 stud grill plate between?
There is no gap on the upper/top rails.
This a simple yet very effective boxcar tip.
So, what boxcar tips and tricks have you learned?
Do you have a creative method for using classic train doors?
How about a brick built door?
Share your boxcar tips and tricks in this Train Tech topic, Thinking Outside the Boxcar.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 06:17 AM
Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:56 PM
Brick Built Door
I originally got the idea from Chris Masi, who later told me that he got it from James Mathis. Advantages include being able to open and close the door, and the ability to detail it to match a paint scheme such as what I was able to do on my Rutland Boxcar. The 1x2 plate with handle, fits snugly between the 1x1 with clips, keeping the door closed when needed. It's a wonderful solution.
Posted 13 August 2009 - 10:39 PM
Design notes: I try to use a few big pieces rather than a lot of little ones wherever I can to save weight, and the "panel" sections are where the NYC herald, "Pacemaker" logo and the reporting marks would be placed.
If anyone wants to offer feedback, I'd love to have it; if you want the (unfinished) LDraw file, PM and I'll get it to ya.
Edited by Diamondback, 13 August 2009 - 10:42 PM.
Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:50 PM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:07 AM
Gimme a couple days, and I'll see about coming up with an exploded view of just the door system.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 04:18 AM
Two Technic bricks with half-pins along the roof and frame join the SNOT to the otherwise-conventional carbody. Door slides over a SNOT plate/tile recess, and is held at either end by the bricks of the surrounding carbody.
A prototype, tested off-car:
Final version, partial-exploded view:
On this view, I've raised the upper track relative to the structure, and slid the door off the lower track into where the left-side bodywork would be. (Rest of 10-wide 40' boxcar omitted for visibility.)
Note: I still need to work out details like latches.
Edited by Diamondback, 21 August 2009 - 04:20 AM.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:32 AM
Looks like a very nice and functional design.
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