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Modelling the 737 fuselage train

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Hi I have decided to start a new thread on the 737 project , have been working on the project for a couple of years and Griff got me back into finishing the project when he posted the link on the Boeing 737 train derailment.

I have been working on the main cradle that bolts the fuselage onto the flat wagon that is what the white part is just after the wring fits onto the fuselage.

As I progress on the fuselage I will be posting more pics, lots o work ahead as there is the front cradle to build and the icebreaker steel frame in front of the fuselage and a second flat wagon that has a special container with the tail sections go.

Tony :D:P;)

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here is a you tube of how a Boeing 737 is built in fast time, pretty awesome.

Here is link to an article on where the 737 fuselage was built at Wichita Kansas to Seattle Washington where the plane is completed and has it's first test flight.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572445/Planes-train-Boeing-737-fuselages-arrive-firms-huge-Seattle-factory-assembled-2-000-mile-rail-journey-Kansas.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Hi Robert, thanks, I plan to build 6 and hopping to do a mould of the second one, will depend on how much it will cost, that will speed up the building process, its getting past the first couple, then I will probably have the construction down to a fine art like the real thing.

Did you see the you tube link.

Did some more work on the 737 filled in half the side where the middle cradle will go, probably will have to cut some more out of the new strip when I start working on the detailed brackets, hope to make them simple but like the real thing.

Once the fuselage is finely finished and cleaned up will look pretty good.

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Now the big job in building the detailed parts that hold the fuselage onto the cradle, will probable have to cut a bit more off where I filled in the top part of where I cut the fuselage.

The cradle with the ruler is from one a friend built.

Tony :D:P:roll:

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Have done some more work on the 737 fuselage project the ice breaker frame, why the metal frame was called name in front of the fuselage on the flat wagon.

The white angle shaped container I=on the smaller flat wagon is for storage of the tail sections, that is only a mock-up container will be the proper one out of styrene.

Still got a bit of fixing up on the frame and adding a few more parts before I paint it and will be glued permanently to the flat wagon, project is coming along slowly.

Normally BNSF has the contract in pulling the Being trains, I didn't bring Didn't BRING ANY SF locos, before BN and SF became one SF pulled the Boeing trains so can get away with just SF locos, haven't got any BNSF locos as yet, will when I repaint a AC/4400 shell in BNSF colours.

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Great subject for a freight train - it looks really good. Are you going to make a rake of them? If only we in the UK and Ireland had kept Brunel’s broad gauge.

Can't help thinking about how big the final bill will be for that de-railment and the wrecked fuselages. I hope they weren't under insured. The cost of the fuselages and wings and tails and the loss of earnings from the lease companies or airlines that were expecting to get them would be huge - it will probably take a few years to find another slot in the production line to make the replacement ones - they will have to get to the back of the queue. Boeing may be contractually obliged to source alternative aircraft and cover any increased costs over the lovely new more efficient ones.

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Hi DVIR, thanks for the comments, what part of the UK do you live and what scale do you model, yes I plan to build a couple more of the 737's and 757 fuselage which was transported by rail in three sections, that will be the next project after this fuselage is finished. also working on Big Boy plastic kit in 87 scale going to be a display whit another loco DD40AX 6900.

Also planning to scratch build the Boeing specialised wagons that make up the consist of the Being train, these days you only see a few fuselages on a freight train usually at the front .

Yeah hate to think the costs of that derailment, those companies involved will be covered for that sort of thing happening , hopefully Boeing had a few spare fuselages to replace the ones lost.

We over hers in Australia do still have broad gauge down in Victoria and south Australia, which at this moment is slowly been replaced by standard gauge, South Australia has three gauges not in main line use any more board, Standard and narrow gauge which we have in Queensland, there is stand gauge up to Brisbane, crazy the whole country should be one gauge.

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Here is the three fuselage sections of a Boeing 757 they stopped production in 2004 on the 757.

will post more pics of the specialised wagons on the next post.

Tony :D:P:roll:

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Here are some pics of Boeing specialised wagons that freight other aircraft makes, 777 and 747

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Here is a link to how all the different section where put together n the Boeing 737 at the Wichita plant to the final fuselage being wheeled out to be loaded onto a flat wagon.

http://www.cnet.com/pictures/the-great-boeing-metal-airplane-shop-pictures/?ftag=ACQ63afa6d" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Right click on the arrow and heaps more pics, it was good to see when Boeing sold the plant was taken over by a private company.

Winter is over and I am back working on the outdoor layout, only have a few months of nice weather window before the heat of summer sets in and can't work outside, will move inside onto projects on the go finishing of the 737.

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That car is very unique looking. It reminds me of the Atlas track cleaner car which is sold under a different name over there I am sure. Perhaps you can use one as part of your train.

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Hi Griff thanks for the pic on the Atlas cleaning car, yeah look pretty close to Boeing specialised wagons, the cleaning car is pretty expensive, can buy a loco for the same prise and take a bi of work to modify too, will check out the prices over here.

Haven't done much work on the 737 fuselage train, been busy sorting out the duel tender drive Flying Scot, which I have running puling 11 cars could push 16 and working back on the layout.

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I haven't being on this thread for two years, time for an update, have noticed I have lot three pics as well.

With transporting the 737 fuselage by rail there has being some big changes, you will notice in the two video clips and one pic I have found, asked a friend that works near the Seattle Boing plant, told me aren't making the tail sections and parts of the wing in the other plant on the East coast of the US.

No need for the tail container a shame , bloody progress and as usual cutting cost and making those parts in Asia and flying them over, the worker is the one in the middle, same has happened to our car industry over here, no more locally built Aussie cars after 2017 sad day :(:cry::|:x

 

If you notice in the second video clip the first 737 fuselage is most probably a 700 series and rest are either 800 and 900, can' see clearly but it look likes there is no fuselage cabin windows could be a cargo version, not sure.

The 737 fuselage I built I might change to cargo version, some have the windows painted out will ask my friend.

I will find a pic that doesn't have copy right at the bottom of it, the pic I wanted to post does have .

Tony from down under

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I found a couple of pics of Boeing 737 fuselage with out the tail containers, what I am going to model now, Boing started doing this after 2014 with out the tail cars.

I will be starting on a second 737 fuselage most probably be 800 series, 9the fuselage as the 00's are a lot longer and I couldn't run the fuselage on the club layout, the length of the fuselage swang out and was hitting the scenery cutting, no problem on my layout. All I need to now is win the lotto and will lash out and buy a 3/D printer be able to print out the fuselage sections and glue them together, be a good project in the nice cool lounge room on those very hot summer days when I can't work on the layout outside.

Tony from down under :roll::roll::P;)

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