[CFF] “Moldovita” caboose (part 1)

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 5 November 2019

After a short break, I’ll show you some progress on my next Moldovita based car. The line used a small 4-wheel caboose on their log trains and I always had a special favor for it. At least for its small size and octagonal body shape.

I checked my scrap box and found some 26mm wheelsets and OZARK journal/pedestals. Together with some brass profiles, the chassis was built within a few minutes. But than, it become much more difficult and complex…

Finally, it become so complex, that I missed to take photos during the build. The prototype seems to be built from a metal frame, planked with wooden boards from the inside. A very difficult design to use in 1:19 (16mm) scale. So I started to work out a sandwich-construction. Base for the car body is 2mm plywood, used for the floor and walls. They got screwed together with brass angles. Once the base was done, I glued thin wood planks to the car body and added more brass profiles to create the frame under the car.

Last challenge was to add the slim frame-work. I was pretty sure that glue would not hold them in place for long time, so I decided to “blind-solder” them from the back. the profiles are self made from 0.3mm brass sheet and I drilled holes through the brass and car body. Then I inserted brass nails from the inside, soldered them to the profiles on the outside and filed them flush. I think this will be the best way. I just finished one side, so I’ve to spend some more work to get all the brass profiles applied.


  • Rene van der Linden says:

    Hallo Gerd, das sieht schon viel versprechend aus. Freue mich auf die nächsten Bilder.
    Bin von deiner Fernsteuern für die Modelbahn total begeistert. Woher beziehst du diese kleinen Bauteile? LG Rene

  • Thomas says:

    Sieht gelungen aus – die Idee mit er Sandwichbauweise hat was!!