Trains.com

Have you ever kitbashed a car just for fun?

534 views
23 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Have you ever kitbashed a car just for fun?
Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:45 AM

Engine test caboose!   angel poems for her

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • 1,015 posts
Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 5:48 PM

Not exactly a bash, but once I turned 3 low value SP type cabooses into green Deutsche Bahn style coaches by removing the cupolas and making styrene roofs.

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • 1,015 posts
Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 5:52 PM

Oh, a true bash?  I took the frame from an old Atlas-O bobber caboose and mounted it on my layout under a great big rock with ash scattered about.  My plan was always to have a smoking volcano nearby to suggest it was a huge lava bomb!  Devil  And the ash?  That was collected from Mount Saint Helen's!  Now THAT'S a kit bash!  Laugh

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 7:36 PM

I guess!

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 8,455 posts
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 9:09 AM

Clever ideas folks!

The closest I've ever come to a kit bash was blowing up a tank model that just didn't turn out right.  One firecracker was all it took!   Wink

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 1:54 PM

Was it a Sherman?

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 8,455 posts
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:02 PM

philo426

Was it a Sherman?

 

Nein!!!

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:09 PM

This one!  

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 8,455 posts
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:53 PM

Ja genau, ein Tiger 1!

Und zince you guessed korrectly diss is for you!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JDkdc246QQ

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • 1,015 posts
Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:53 PM

Oh, well if you want to go that route....

I put a D engine in a V2 with the nose cone glued in....

I put a B engine in an F4 Phantom and launched it horizontally....

An M80 in a bash of a Tomcat and Blue Thunder (looked like a Klingon cruiser).....Devil

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:48 PM

Yep!

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:49 PM

I thought girls didn't mess with explosives like we did as kids!

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 8,455 posts
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 8:59 PM

Hey, girls like blowin' stuff up as much as guys do!  Sometimes nothing else will do!  

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 8,455 posts
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 9:14 PM

pennytrains
I put a D engine in a V2 with the nose cone glued in....

I used Garcia y Vega plastic cigar tubes packed with black powder and an Estes rocket motor stuck in the back.  They flew like corkscrews but made one hell of a bang!  

  • Member since
    February 2014
  • 430 posts
Posted by Leverettrailfan on Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:06 AM

You folks would love to hear the stories from my friend who I'm often off on adventures with... they involved the contents of those rocket engines, HO trains, and a desire for some diy movie pyrotechnics. I have what remains of the trolley that most frequently was used as the stunt train. It's really just the chassis now, the shell is long gone. It was made by Mantua/Tyco. 5-pole, worm drive open frame- good running stuff.

As far as kitbashing, I tried turning a gang car into a cartoonishly proportioned steeple cab electric locomotive once. Not sure what the plan is now with what remains of that poor thing. I think I'd like to have a go at bashin' another steeple cab but this time use a better starting point.

My latest 'bash' barely counts, is a work in progress, and will debut in these very forums soon enough- took a cheap Lionel unnumbered 6511 type flatcar with AAR trucks, with the goal of creating an "HO car". Basically, when done, it'll be a car for transporting an HO locomotive or car. I have glued down some track to the flatcar, but there's other details to do. I want to include some sort of '60s advertisement for Lionel HO to go with it. The track is just long enough that you can fit a Husky switcher and a 'santa fe' style caboose on it (the 'santa fe' style caboose is pretty much the HO equivilent of the SP type O gauge caboose), perfect for displaying my 0055 and 0537 M&StL husky n caboose.

-Ellie

"Unless bought from a known and trusted dealer who can vouch otherwise, assume every train for sale requires servicing before use"

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 8:43 AM

That would be neat!

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • 1,015 posts
Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:57 PM

I saw a pretty good steeplecab bash using a chopped 520 and 2 slope back tender shells.  I think it used a GG-1 truck for power but I can't swear to it.  It did have pilot and trailing wheels though that articulated independent of the body.

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • 1,015 posts
Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, September 22, 2022 7:16 PM

Some fun stuff.

https://link.shutterfly.com/azDnnHGIxtb

The Vostok on a flatcar was just done to demonstrate how a 1:48 scale model would crush a Lionel flat car.  The custom painted red 112 Standard Gauge Lake Shore gondola was part of a "Uranium train" and the waste drums have the same hyperglow paint on them.  The Mercury capsule, On30 Porter, F1 engine and "The Gadget" were loaded on a K-Line car I don't have any more.

But the thing I still have and hope to get fixed up and working was the Cleveland Union Terminal P1a I bashed from an MPC Conrail boxcar, a Marx 4 wheel motor and a lot of styrene.  I'd like to get a GG-1 power truck and pantographs for it.  However I'm not sure the GG-1 motor would fit inside the car body.  But, I'm not doing it today so it will wait. I have to get the layout ready for Christmas right now...Wink

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 7:45 PM

Reminds me of my scratch built Boxcab I put on a Kline Interurban chassis.   

  • Member since
    February 2014
  • 430 posts
Posted by Leverettrailfan on Thursday, September 22, 2022 11:07 PM

Those boxcabs are wicked cool!!!
Becky, I think yours looks great as is, maybe the side frames look a little low but honestly I don't think it needs the GG1 truck- but you're clearly a master of models and kitbashes, and frankly I'm not going to tell someone else how to have fun. Great work, you two!

-Ellie

"Unless bought from a known and trusted dealer who can vouch otherwise, assume every train for sale requires servicing before use"

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Friday, September 23, 2022 5:12 AM

Yes they are!

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Henrico, VA
  • 8,455 posts
Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, September 23, 2022 8:04 AM

pennytrains
The Vostok on a flatcar

Is an absolute riot!  

"Comrade general, how do we get this thru the tunnel?"

"I've no idea!  Ask Boris and Natasha, maybe they'll figure it out!"

Great 'bashes" everyone!  

  • Member since
    January 2009
  • 1,894 posts
Posted by 8ntruck on Friday, September 23, 2022 8:44 PM

How about a twin motor 200 series Alco B unit?  I took two A unit chassis, cut them in half and welded the motor mount ends back together.  Installed 2 motors with dual magnetic axles and wired them up to run off of the e unit in the A unit.  In combination with 2 A unit's, it makes a 4 motor locomotive.  I pulled a 22 car train with it.  Could probably have been longer.  Took a light touch on the throttle to prevent wheel spin on start up and to control coupler slack when stopping.

 

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • 944 posts
Posted by philo426 on Friday, September 23, 2022 10:12 PM

We need some pics!

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Search the Community

FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Get the Classic Toy Trains newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a month