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IMhauler
post Dec 9 2012, 11:49 AM
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I scratch-built my billboard. You could also use a commercially available one with a slight addition.

I used strip wood for most of the construct, and CA glue. The black pieces are styrene channel (not angle).



The channel is glued with the channel facing inward. This will be what holds the signs in place.





The signs are computer print outs, cut to size. The billboard can actually hold many signs at once like a filing cabinet, so you needn't worry about them getting lost or damaged. You can easily create your own signs to update, backdate, or commemorate the building.






I will add a ladder to the platform later today.






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post Dec 9 2012, 11:53 AM
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In a very similar fashion on a solid sign, for those who run Hi-cubes... you can easily convert a Ford plant to a Chrysler or GM plant any day of the week (something I planned to do on the defunct Michigan and Elsewhere)


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post Dec 9 2012, 06:03 PM
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Nice looking signs and sign holder, Paul.

When you refer to "Hi-cubes", are you talking about the 50'/60' cars? The reason I ask is that it's been my "understanding" that the 40' Hi-cubes (of which I have at least 8) were primarily used for white goods, such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.



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post Dec 9 2012, 06:47 PM
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QUOTE (rhpd42002 @ Dec 9 2012, 08:03 PM) *
Nice looking signs and sign holder, Paul.

When you refer to "Hi-cubes", are you talking about the 50'/60' cars? The reason I ask is that it's been my "understanding" that the 40' Hi-cubes (of which I have at least 8) were primarily used for white goods, such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.


I was referring to the 80+ footer auto parts cars. I thought the 40 footers were primarily paper, but I could be wrong.


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post Dec 10 2012, 07:22 AM
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QUOTE (IMhauler @ Dec 10 2012, 02:47 AM) *
I was referring to the 80+ footer auto parts cars. I thought the 40 footers were primarily paper, but I could be wrong.


The 40' High Cubes were primarily for Appliance Servioes with most of them going through Appliance Park in Louisville, KY although a few went through the Amana Facility in Amana, IA.

Many of the SP 40' High Cubes ended up in copper ingot service on their Arizona lines and were used until the 40 yr rule hit them recently.

Paper was usually shipped in standard 40' and 50' Cars although a few 60' cars were used by the WM, CRR, and others. Lately a few 86' cars were used for toilet paper as the weight would not overload the car unlike rolled or boxes of copy paper.



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post Dec 10 2012, 08:01 PM
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I've made similar billboards. The place I've had issues is getting them to adhere to the roof because I made my face vertical. I had to glue it somehow because it wanted to tip over on its face. It looks like you've made yours recline slightly to make the whole thing self-balancing, which makes a lot of sense.


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post Dec 11 2012, 05:47 AM
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Thanks for the info on the Hi-Cubes, both 40' and the 80'+ cars.

John, if you're making yours in HO, one solution would be to insert brass wire or straight pins into the bottom (or glue to the back side, perhaps disguising it as electrical conduit) of 2 or more of your vertical lumber pieces and drill corresponding holes in the roof of the structure to hold the sign in place.



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post Dec 11 2012, 06:14 AM
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Interesting!
Looks better than those you buy, and would give more satisfaction making it.
The last one I made was top heavy, seems to be a common fault with them.


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post Dec 11 2012, 10:52 PM
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Actually mine has the same problem and the solution I have in mind is precisely what Mike proposed in the quote below. In fact, I may do the same with the ladder; the lack of decent gluing surface is why I have not attached it as yet.

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one solution would be to insert brass wire or straight pins into the bottom (or glue to the back side, perhaps disguising it as electrical conduit) of 2 or more of your vertical lumber pieces and drill corresponding holes in the roof of the structure to hold the sign in place.



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post Dec 12 2012, 03:41 PM
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Nice signs, N scale, too right?


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post Dec 16 2012, 07:44 AM
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QUOTE (k9wrangler @ Dec 12 2012, 05:41 PM) *
Nice signs, N scale, too right?


Yes, but easily done in any scale. In fact, I used HO 2x4 size lumber due to the delicate nature of the thing. No one noticed. biggrin.gif


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