Log car, chains #3
Our 15' Chunky Little Log Cars includes chains and fittings that may be arranged in a variety of ways. Check out all FOUR of the chain techniques shown and choose your favorite ... or create your own!
Chain Technique #3 -- Semi-Removable / Around (or between) the Logs
Use the "semi-removable" techniques #3 or #4 if you want a fancier appearance to the log tie-downs. These chains CAN be removed, but they are NOT quickly or easily removed on the layout. Instead, designate several cars as semi-permanent "loads" and several others as semi-permanent "empties" and stage these between operating sessions. These techniques take a little more patience, but the look is well worth the extra effort!
STEP 1 -- Use eyehooks provided to form hooks on the end of the chain. Form first hook on end of chain and then continue steps to determine length needed.
STEP 2 -- Hook the chain onto the loop on the end of the bunk fitting (aka "cheese block").
STEP 3 -- Place logs as desired and drape uncut end of chain over the logs. Alternative: You can chain ONLY the bottom logs and allow the top log to provide tension on the chain. This is a nice prototypical touch, but the top log will fall off when the car is handled (see Technique #4 for another possible arrangement).
STEP 4 -- Form second hook and hold against chain to determine placement. The hook should be placed so that it will connect with the ring on the cheese block. See test fitting in next step.
STEP 5 -- Insert second hook in location determined in Step 4 and TEST FIT to make sure that it connects with the ring on the cheese block. Move as needed. Then trim chain, cut long stem on hook and crimp hook to chain.
STEP 6 -- Repeat steps for second chain. Remove chains and treat with chalks or washes if additional weathering is desired. (Chains are "blackened" but still have a bit of shine -- compare log chains to truck chains in photo.)
Step 7 -- HAVE FUN! We think the semi-removable tecniques #3 and #4 provide a great look. These chains CAN be removed, but they are NOT quickly or easily removed on the layout. Instead designate several cars as semi-permanent "loads" and several others as semi-permanent "empties" and stage these between operating sessions. These techniques take a little more patience, but the look is well worth the extra effort!
Happy Footnote -- The 15' Chunky Little Log Cars include enough chain and fittings to secure loads using any of the four techniques shown, plus the chains used to "hang" the trucks. If you're using larger loads than those shown or wish to experiment with other techniques that require more chain, check out our #417 Chain for additional material. Logs are NOT included in the kits ... see Log car loads for suggested resources!
Check out the other chain techniques using these links: