023. Side-dump ore car

Tinplate Dad here. Railroad equipment offers an unlimited resource of potential tinplate projects. Here I’ve done a side-dump ore car, also called a tipper car, in 7/8″ scale for gauge-1 track. These were used by mining companies and contractors all over the world. This is not a model of any specific car but is typical of many.

This is a fairly involved project but no single part is particularly difficult. If you’ve been through some of our easier projects, you should have no difficulty with this one. Tinplate Girl will show you how to build it. 

Dimensions: 6″ long; 4-1/2″ wide; 3-1/2″ high

PDF Specs

  • 128 pictures
  • 25 instruction pages
  • 2 plans pages

Price:

  • $9.95

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Difficulty

Tools

  • Vise
  • File
  • 1/16" drill
  • Soldering iron
  • Scissors
  • Dremel
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • X-acto knife
  • Combination square or caliper
  • Small hammer
  • Ruler
  • 1/8" reamer or drill bit
  • 1/8"-thick wood spacer
  • Marker
  • Wood blocks

Materials

  • Tinplate
  • Solder & flux
  • 5/32" brass tube, 1" long
  • 1/16" brass rod, 4" long
  • 1/2" dowel, 8" long (for forming over)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Tape
  • #6 washers
  • Gauge-1 railroad wheelsets
  • 1/4"-square stripwood, 6" long