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20' Standard Refrigerated Container
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:04 AM UTC
In keeping with the whole "Container and Logistics" theme I seem to have going here, I show my current WIP:

Refrigerated 20' Container.

Starting with a standard Italeri 20' container I left the floor panel unchanged while shortening the sidewalls and the roof. From the cut-off wall pieces I separated out the structural beams that form the end framing and connector blocks for the container and framed them up with Evergreen shapes to form the open frame protective structure around the generator and the refrigeration equipment.


Diesel generator below and refrigeration unit above.



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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:08 AM UTC
The first order of business is the cutting and shortening of the original side and roof panels and the structural framing of the open equipment end of the container:



The second step is the adding of the new insulated sheathing over the existing corrugated siding:


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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:21 AM UTC
Next up would be the beginnings of building the Generator (Genset) and the refrigeration unit:

The base skid for the Genset I built by first shaping front and rear formers and then wrapping them with a very thin plastic sheet. (What Tamiya calls "Plastic Paper")

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Following that I am slowly building up the generator enclosure using the same thin plastic sheet and scribing the panels and doors into this. I use a very small "all" (a old compass point) to add rivet detail.

The large holes are the rotary door locking handles and I will be adding a small bit of brass screen wire to enclose that vertical vent opening. Finally small diameter plastic rod will be added to form the door hinges.





Next the floor mounted fuel tank!
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:27 AM UTC
Looking good so far. Keep up the good work.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:36 AM UTC
Thanks Gino!
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Point of information:
What I am building here is the early designed refrigerated container. This early design still required either strapping it to a flatrack or using a CHU (Container Handling Unit) to load it onto the standard HEMTT LHS for transport.

Container Mounted to Flatrack for Loading:


Container Loaded Using Container Handling Unit (CHU):



Everytime I consider the height of these containers when carried on the backs of the US HEMTT's I think all a foreign country has to do to defeat the US forces is build a lot of low hanging bridges! If they did this we couldn't get food or ammo to the troops - we would be defeated in no time! - (Just kidding - sort of.)
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:43 AM UTC
I think the insulated containers use smooth sides. They have a double wall construction and don't need the reinforcing ribs used in single wall construction.

KL
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:46 AM UTC
May this help?
Refrigerating Unit

https://www.liberatedmanuals.com/TM-9-4110-258-13.pdf

Container TM

https://www.liberatedmanuals.com/TM-55-8145-202-14.pdf

Generator Set

https://www.liberatedmanuals.com/TM-9-6115-642-24.pdf

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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:47 AM UTC
F.Y.I. - The newer designed refrigerated containers incorporate the flatrack structure right into the design of the container. So they are easier to handle, require no separate flatrack and ride lower on the standard HEMTT.

Since I already have a CHU I felt the earlier design reefer container would be more visually interesting for me!


You might note many of these containers have the ability to run off of "ground power" rather then always running the generator. This is exhibited by there being a heavy extension cord to plug in to.




I have NO idea what that device in front of the container might be. My first thought would be a testing device to check either audio, thermal or magnetic signature of the container??? Probably audio since the container is sitting in a "quiet room" test chamber.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:49 AM UTC
I like the your build planning and resourcefulness. Good technique making those 'rivets'. Thanks for sharing.




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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:54 AM UTC
Thanks Ko

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Quoted Text

I think the insulated containers use smooth sides. They have a double wall construction and don't need the reinforcing ribs used in single wall construction.

KL



Correct - that is why I am covering the existing corrugated siding with more of the thin plastic paper as seen in step two above.

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Sorry KL - I didn't know how else to handle that one.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 04:01 AM UTC
That is super reference material Hans !*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*! Thank You

Great additional reference guys - thanks to all.

I may have to change some of my design based on this new information as, up till now, I just had the photos to go by.



p.s. Also - Glad to see I have sparked some interest here - keep it up folks!
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 05:10 AM UTC

Quoted Text


Quoted Text

I think the insulated containers use smooth sides. They have a double wall construction and don't need the reinforcing ribs used in single wall construction.

KL



Correct - that is why I am covering the corrugated siding with more of the thin plastic paper in step two above.



D'oh!
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 05:39 AM UTC
Manufacturer site of Reefer Flatrack.

https://klingecorp.com/military/refrigeration-unit-for-a-frame-container/
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 05:46 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Probably audio since the container is sitting in a "quiet room" test chamber.



Maybe I should use such a device to put my own refrigerator to the test. Its humming sounds makes my wife crazy ...

H.P.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:48 AM UTC
Many photos added above.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 12:29 PM UTC
Holy cow!
That looks fantastic!
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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 01:05 AM UTC

Klinge Corp Photo
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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 03:50 AM UTC
Late design refrigerated container bringing up the rear:


Photo: Milepost 49 Productions - used here for discussion purposes ONLY.
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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 09:41 AM UTC
Who would of thought these containers would have an emergency escape hatch?

I don't think the cargo version has one?????




My new reefer with insulated doors and the recently added escape hatch.
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 12:45 AM UTC
I have absolutely no idea what that round dot is just above the escape hatch. It was not in the door casting so it must be in the Tamiya Plastic Paper, perhaps some sort of ejector pin mark left over from the manufacturing process of the paper? I will look for a similar condition in the other sheets I have in the pack.

I did not notice it until after this area was primed and painted. It is so perfectly located above the hatch that I will leave it for now.
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 04:28 AM UTC
Starting on the refrigeration unit now: - thank you Hans for all the great reference info!

The gray toned areas indicate open screen wire vents for air flow in and out of the heat exchanger.

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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 09:38 AM UTC
The base shell for the chiller housing is starting to come together:

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I have finished the circuit box on the right rear wall and have also gotten a good start on the fuel tank. (Lower left corner on the floor.)
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:33 AM UTC
Condenser side (outside portion) of the chiller unit:

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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 01:07 PM UTC
Build status as of a few nights ago: