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Building some pipe loads for flatcars. I had brass pipe laying around (for 20 years), and soldered them together in groups of 2, and 3’s. I’ll paint, add wood spacers, and strapping in the next few days....
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Pipe loads are usually lashed together with banding, and/or boxed-in with timber, and/or guarded with bed stakes.
HO scale banding is easy to find. Timber & stakes are easy to fashion. Pipe flanges are also easy to fashion.
And yes, odd numbers work best.
 

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I’ll post photos when they are completed. I have a banding material that I’m experimenting with right now. I’ve googled pipe loads, for colours, and how they are stacked. I’ve posted an example of what I’m trying to archive.
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Painted, and now will work on wood spacers and banding..I chose colours that I saw online, and wanted something that “popped”...
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Also built a flat steel load....very lightly rusted...
The bands are black elastic bands.
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The plates and wood blocking are being all held together by the elastic bindings. No glue is being used. The black rubber bands (which are 1/16th wide), provide the loads from moving on the deck. I don’t plan on binding the load to the car, as I want the ability to move the loads ( from flatcar to industrial yard). In fact, I can change the plates as I see fit. The configuration I used is something that I saw on the internet..cheers
 

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In reality, the steel bands would be secured to the stake pockets on the car to hold the load in place. But in order to make a removable model load, we can "fake" it a little and just try to kinda line up the straps with the pocket spacing but not actually secure the load to the car.

Some people that really want to model detailed loads properly will do the proper strapping and securement; some people that want to operate and be able to use the same car both empty and loaded will make a removable load that can just set in place.
 

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The steel plates are typically banded together, with additional strapping used to secure the load to the car. I’ve omitted that strapping, as this load can be placed on different length flat cars, and gondolas....cheers
 

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Styrene, and in between wood spacers. The black elastics bands I got from Amazon. I think 500 bands for $10. It’s easy to add extra bands to loads. The loads are 2 separate loads, I could put one load on a different flat car/gondola. The elastic banding provides the loads with a anti-slip quality to them. It takes 10 seconds to add a band, and I just make sure they lay flat. I think the fact that I can remove the bands, and re-configure the steel plate loads out weighs any lack of binding to the car itself. That being said, I ordered 1/16th inch chart-pak tape in flat yellow, which I will experiment with as using as a binding from the load to the car. I had noticed on the internet on loads that were binded together also had bindings in yellow to differentiate which bindings did what(load, or flatcar to load.
 

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The pipe loads are painted, and banded. They don’t move at all. The banding is quick and easy to put on, and can be removed, or added as I want...cheers
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