Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Handy Little Hand Car

I mentioned earlier that I was going to try scratchbuilding a hand car to put in the hand car shed (obviously).  This turned out to be a LOT of fun to build!  I will admit to cheating, somewhat, in that I bought a hand car kit to use as a guide.  Here is the frame from the kit, beside my scratchbuilt frame:


The wheels are also purchased, I didn't scratchbuild those.  No reason to reinvent the wheel, right?


The lever & gearbox housing is cut from a plastic "For Rent" sign:


Here's the resulting car, minus the operating handle.  I need to do some soldering to build that, and didn't feel like firing up the soldering iron today.