I know I won't be available for the competition, but thought I should show where I am. Some photos may be a bit blurry, as I am having trouble with the
flash on my camera.
I finally got some work done on the car. The chassis and basic carbody are done. The model is based on a cannon car built for the US Military Railroads
during the Civil War, but as it would look if it were in Middle Earth.
The Brandywine & Gondor Railroad does not have turntables for each branchline terminis. Running the locomotives backwards is not much of a
problem. Some of them run better backwards, but the "Balrog Catchers" are another problem. These cars are run in front of the locomotive as a means
of dealing with the little nasties that are still part of everyday life in Middle Earth.
So the cars are built to allow the chassis to also serve as a turntable. Two stout vertical rods lock the carbody to the chassis for normal movement. At the
end of any line that does not have a turntable, the vertical rods are pulled up and used as levers to turn the carbody over the chassis so it now faces the
opposite direction. Once the carbody is turned, the rods are re-inserted to lock the carbody in place.
The photos show the sequence. The front face of the car is framed, but not sheathed as yet. I still have to detail, stain, and letter it.
This shows the car as though it has arrived at the terminis. Note the vertical rods towards the coupler end of the car.
The rods are removed, and the car is being turned. Still have to finish the face of the car and add "armor plate."