Log car, chains #4
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 / Twice-Around (My personal favorite!)
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 -- Cut the chain to 5" length (for 5/8" diameter logs shown -- additionalchain may be required if using larger logs). Form wire hook on second end as shown at bottom.
Top: Chain showing additional weathering. Middle: End of chain with hook formed with eyehook as shown in Step 1. Bottom: End of chain with wire hook used to latch chain to itself as shown below.
STEP 3 -- Attach rounded hook to hoop on cheese block. Place bottom row of logs and drape wire-hook end across logs.
STEP 4 -- Use tweezers to feed wire-hook end thru hoop on cheeseblock on opposite side of car. (We left this hook unpainted so it would show up in the photos!)
STEP 5 -- Place top log. Wrap wire-hook end over that and secure it to the chain on opposite side. If the chain is too long, cip off the end and form another wire hook in new location. Notice that we used a short chain at the rear of this car for vareity.
STEP 6 -- Remove chains and paint or blacken the wire hooks. Add additional weathering to chains with chalks or washes, then rassemble.
Step 7 -- HAVE FUN! We think the semi-removable techniques #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. The 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:
Technique #4 is my personal favorite ... but I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Please send your photos to share with other modelers. Thank you -- Dallas.