I was able to spend some time this past week on the tank. I was able to interlace a set of patterns with the tank car project. It allowed me to fill in the dead time while waiting for things to dry.
The tank is now attached to the frame and I applied the tank bands using styrene strips. Prior to this I added sheet lead to the inside to get the tank weight up to approximately 9 oz. This will boost the complete car weight to 12 on. for a short frame freight car. I used epoxy to attach the sheet lead. Once cured, I had to do some rivet replacement on the bottom of the tank. I had some “issues” scraping off the tank bands and made a mess of rivets. I decided to use Archer 7/8″ staggered row rivets to replace the cast on details. The two rectangular pieces on the bottom line up with the tabs that extend up from the center of the frame. I shot some Star Brand black on to seal the decals.
I think that the next Lionel rebuild will not try to remove the tank bands. There is a fair amount of Tamiya filler used to smooth out some of the dings. Next time, I will try to avoid all the body and fender work.
The center tank bands tie into the frame via two brackets. I used some styrene that was bent to shape and fixed with some Tamiya solvent glue.
I devised a simple visual alignment tool to set the tank on the frame correctly. The dome has a slight taper to facilitate mold release from the plastic press. Two small squares serve as the guides. The car is setting on its trucks.
The styrene tank band was terminated in a .030″ styrene rod. I drilled the mounting holes in the car bolsters. The tape is holding the strip in alignment. Affix the bands using liquid styrene cement. I like the Tamiya super thin solvent cement.
The bands are installed awaiting for the solvent to bond them in-place. Yeah, I know it looks like they aren’t straight. I think it is an optical thing that is creating the apparent convergence.
We are now down to the handrail and ladders. That will be in the next installment.