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deemery
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USA
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Posted - 02/28/2021 :  8:11:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got these from eBay, they're resin flat castings very similar to the old Red Ball cast metal kits. i carved off the cast-on grabirons and drilled for 18" drop on the sills and 24" straight on the ends. I also carved off what I suspect are supposed to be buffer blocks around the couplers. I'm using Kadee 158 short whisker couplers. The trucks are old IHC delrin 4'8" wheelbase with Intermountain wheelsets.


The assembly approach I use is to glue initially with Goo, and once things are in position, lock in place with thin CA.

They're light, so I'll add weight and then coal loads.

These are not high-end kits, but they're inexpensive and great for building up a "unit train" of small coal/ore hoppers.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

OK Hogger
Fireman

1067 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2021 :  9:36:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice snag Dave!

The voices knew what they were talking about. Arenít you glad you listened?



erdnA
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5813 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  12:12:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
they look good Dave. Prime and paint time

Bob

It's only make-believe
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
7455 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  05:34:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave,

Fine looking string of cars. They will go well with your jimmies.

I built one of these a few years ago. Like you, I made some modifications, but different ones to more closely match the P&R prototype.

Mike
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
33512 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  08:39:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work, Dave. I'm looking forward to seeing them painted.


Bruce
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Bernd
Fireman

USA
3993 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  09:10:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
They look great Dave. The details looks pretty good too from this distance.

Bernd

New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds
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dave1905
Fireman

USA
1203 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  09:40:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit dave1905's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice typical coal cars for the 1870's through 1890's. Throw in a car like a PRR GB or GD or a P&R HK for a little variation the profile. I think I saw those castings a while back, but by 1900 those type cars on the P&R had been retired. Darn.

Dave Husman

Iron Men and wooden cars
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8960 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  10:37:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dave1905

... but by 1900 those type cars on the P&R had been retired. Darn.



Rule 1 applies! I'm looking forward to having a long train of these on my 1898 era layout being hauled by my Little River 2-4-4-2 :-) :-)

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5813 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  2:29:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by deemery

quote:
Originally posted by dave1905

... but by 1900 those type cars on the P&R had been retired. Darn.



Rule 1 applies! I'm looking forward to having a long train of these on my 1898 era layout being hauled by my Little River 2-4-4-2 :-) :-)

dave



That would certainly be a neat "rule 1" train. What's long for you?

Bob

It's only make-believe
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8960 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  6:03:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by railman28
...That would certainly be a neat "rule 1" train. What's long for you?

Bob



For these and the similarly sized 26' gons I have, probably, probably a dozen would be the longest train that would fit on my passing sidings. I also have a half-dozen or so of (Alkem) 4 wheel jimmies, which would make an even longer train if I had enough of them to fill the passing siding :-)

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5813 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  10:12:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by deemery

quote:
Originally posted by railman28
...That would certainly be a neat "rule 1" train. What's long for you?

Bob



For these and the similarly sized 26' gons I have, probably, probably a dozen would be the longest train that would fit on my passing sidings. I also have a half-dozen or so of (Alkem) 4 wheel jimmies, which would make an even longer train if I had enough of them to fill the passing siding :-)

dave



4-wheel coal Jimmies are available on Shapeways,

Bob

It's only make-believe
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8960 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2021 :  12:07:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Trucks and bodies painted, I still need to add brake staff.


dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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OK Hogger
Fireman

1067 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2021 :  1:28:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those are nifty, Dave.

Yer a'doin' good.

Andre
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Bernd
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USA
3993 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2021 :  2:22:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
They look real nice. It would be neat to see about 2 dozen of them behind that 2-4-4-2 and an old style caboose.

Bernd

New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds
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railman28
Fireman

USA
5813 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2021 :  3:41:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice Dave. How are going to letter them?

Bob

It's only make-believe
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8960 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2021 :  4:52:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by railman28

Nice Dave. How are going to letter them?

Bob



Sigh... One of these years I'll get custom decals. But for these, just road initials and car number.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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