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Building your own HO hoppers

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Building your own HO hoppers
Posted by KCNW on Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:40 AM

I am looking for a suggestion on a book or website that will have some directions or tips on building your own prototype HO hoppers.

Can someone please give me some suggestions?

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Posted by stokesda on Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:31 PM

Not sure of the prototype or era you're after, but there was a 2-article series in Model Railroading in Feb & March 1996 that described how to scratchbuild Ortner 3-bay rapid discharge hoppers. Here are links to the online articles:

http://www.trainlife.com/magazines/pages/414/30362/february-1996-page-32

http://www.trainlife.com/magazines/pages/415/30454/march-1996-page-44

 

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Posted by maxman on Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:35 PM

KCNW
I am looking for a suggestion on a book or website that will have some directions or tips on building your own prototype HO hoppers.

Are we talking open hoppers or covered hoppers?

I don't remember any such information out there for open hoppers, but that's not to say there isn't.  I have seen a couple articles where they might have plans for hoppers, and maybe some information as to possible stand-in models.

For covered hoppers, I remember some magazine articles where slicing and dicing of existing models was described.

If I may ask, are you interested in some specific prototype for which you cannot find an available, reasonably accurate model?

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Posted by ssgauge on Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:36 PM

On Amazon I was able to purchase a book, "How To Build 20 Railroad Models" by Frank Taylor.  It has a great article on hopper car construction.  It was published by Kalmbach with an original copyright date of 1941; my copy is a 1953 reprint.  You might try Amazon or your local library.  Good luck! 

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Posted by DSchmitt on Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:49 PM

Partial list of  Model Railroader Magazine articles from search of 75 Year DVD.  

How to Build Hopper Cars - June 1939  - construction article

Hopper Cars -March 1945 - Survey of open lopper car types

ACF Covered Hopper -  August 1952 - plan

Airslide Covered Hopper - January 1961 - construction article

Alcan tank-hopper car - February 1962 - plan

Lets Build an Alcan Hopper - May  1962 - construction article

Building an Early Steel Hopper Car - May 1963 - construction article

30 ton Timber Ore Car - February 1966 - construction article

Articulated Hopper Car - March 1967 - plan & photos

Genesee & Wyoming Salt Car - February 1968 - construction article

Pullman-Standard 125 ton Covered Hopper Car - February 1974 - plan

Riveted Steel Covered Hopper Car - August 1975 - construction article

The Sterlingworth  Steel Hopper Car - January 1978 - construction article

Scratchbuild  a Wartime Hopper Car part 1 - November 1978 - construction article

Scratchbuild  a Wartime Hopper Car part 2 - December  1978 - construction article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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