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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  3:21:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Guys,
I just finished, well nearly finished as there still is some weathering to do, a Bitter Creek Models boxcar kit. It's their new Generic boxcar K-24 which as it is generic I have lettered for my home road. When looking at the photos I have seen things to improve (isn't there always) so you freight car connoisseurs can give me your worst. It was a great kit to assemble and they use laser board for the sides and roof and for the roof walk instead of laser cut wood. I think in my opinion at least that it gives a neater appearance.

I'm also working on their gondola kit which I hope to have ready soon. Its quite a large car and the underside gave me some headache getting the brake gear in place but I found a way that felt likely.

Thanks for looking,
Håkan






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Bill Gill
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  3:36:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good! How sturdy are the laser board sides? Is there support beneath them for strength and to hold the grab irons & attached details?


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acousticco
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  3:40:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks sharp to me!

-Cody



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railman28
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  3:51:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's does look good Håkan. How about showing us the roof? It's 34'.

It's only make-believe

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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  4:16:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank guys!

Bill, the support beneath the laser board is wood. Much like a Labelle boxcar at the ends with wood blocks. Very easy to drill and fit grab irons and NBW details. Where the sides meet the roof there are a 1/8" square wood strip on each side that is supported between the end wood blocks. There are also 1/8" supports for the roof itself. All in all four 1/8" supports. The holes for the grab irons and NBW details are already laser cut into the sides and ends. Assembled the body feels very sturdy.

Bob, I'll take a photo of the roof and post soon. The car is 34'.

Håkan



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  5:19:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very nice looking model. In addition to the 34' overall length, what are the dimensions?

I checked the Bitter Creek website and guess they are not generally available yet. I wonder, will he have a version with grabs on ends rather than sides? (Particular, aren't I?)

Nice job on the construction.

Mike



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ChrisS
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  5:29:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice looking car! I'm also curious as to how you obtained it, as it seems the Bitter Creek website hasn't been touched in about 3 years. Is there another source of information about them somewhere?


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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  5:36:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike!
Its off to bed now but I'll take the measures tomorrow. I think they are available. I bought some trucks from Jeff and thought to ask about the coming kits. He told me they had sold some already on train meets but I was welcome to buy if I wanted to. So I tried the boxcar and the gondola. If I remember correctly I think he did some advertising on the Earlyrail forum about a week ago on the kits and coming trucks.

On the grabs I don't know at the moment. As he laser cuts perhaps he can do a version.

Håkan



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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  5:43:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Chris! The best way is to drop him an email. I think I saw him advertise on the Earlyrail forum last week.

Håkan



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CavalryTrooper25
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Posted - 04/14/2015 :  11:17:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just went on his web site, and it still does not show any actual car kits.

Is there anyplace to see what the kits look like, other than yours Sven?

Horse




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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/15/2015 :  04:49:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi, the best is to contact Jeff. He has pictures he can send you. I believe he is quite busy working on a lot of new stuff for us Earlyrailers

Håkan



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 04/15/2015 :  07:28:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Håkan,

Thanks for the information. Looks like a lot of welcome items are going to be available. Maybe he is waiting to make a big splash!

Mike




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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/15/2015 :  12:41:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Probably a big splash

Here is a photo of the roof. The car is 31mm over the sides and 32mm from the bottom of the frame to the top of the roof walk.



Håkan



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 04/15/2015 :  5:11:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you. Looks nice from every angle.

Mike


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masonamerican
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Posted - 04/15/2015 :  5:21:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike!


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CavalryTrooper25
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Posted - 04/16/2015 :  2:23:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sven;

Not a criticism, just an fyi, everything I have read in the last couple years suggests that the roofwalks were not painted at all. This is because paint at this timeframe was high gloss only, so when it got wet, or snowy, it got slippery as all get out. As a result brakemen moving on top of cars were more likely to slip, and fall off, so the roofwalks were left unpainted for better traction. Flat paint as we know it today is really a post WWII innovation. Even into the early 60s, the U.S. military still used a semi gloss paint on vehicles, and field equipment, which was the closest to flat they could get. True flat paint did not come into general use until the late 60s.

Horse




Edited by - CavalryTrooper25 on 04/16/2015 2:24:35 PM

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