Post by surlyknuckle on Feb 3, 2020 8:52:23 GMT -8
Good stuff as usual.
Here's one of my Walthers G85s. I didn't replace any of the brake gear like Tbird did, but I did add some wire grabs, .88 wheels, and some paint/decal/weathering. The YS container is from Walthers, and the chassis is an Athearn kit. The EMC container is Athearn, and the chassis is a undec kit from American models I painted and lettered for Evergreen. I've been on a vintage TOFC and COFC kick for the last year, and the G85 certainly fits in with my late 70s and early 80s theme...
A few things. I have some intermountain 40' kits I am going to finish putting together. They aren't that hard, I think. Oddly, I found he Accurail covered hopper kits to be harder. Snapping that body into the frame was a challenge.
I am also modelling an un-prototypical UP OCS train. Paying $80 a whack for the Walther's cars gets expensive fast. I have some of the Budd cars with the fluted sides I am using. Fails the rivet counter test, but passes the budget test. I do need to make a power car. The correct baggage/dormitory car I need to base it from goes for $120 on eBay. I do not want to take a razor saw to an expensive model, so I am creating a "close enough" from the Budd Baggage/Dorm.
I am also going to try scratch building a transfer caboose.
Intermountain box cars are fairly nice to assemble. I found I needed to sometimes reem out the holes where the pins go for the parts. On some of the I added Tanex 7R from inside that would weld the pin. In the early days I found using super glue I'd sometimes get a frosting effect where I applied it from the outside.
Which Accurail. The 4600 hoppers are super easy. I haven't assembled any of the 4750's so far. I think I have one sitting around to try but Tangent keeps filling my 4750 needs.
I'm using Walthers Budd cars, among others, to build one or two San Francisco Zephyr sets.
It was the 4750; Getting the brake components in was a challenge. I put 4 together. The first 3 the body snapped into the outlets no problem. The last one one end sat a tad high and I really had to muscle it in.
What I really need for the UP train are ACF cars. However, it's pretty much impossible to get all the cars, and a few are only available in brass.
The covered hoppers I have had mixed experiences with are the Proto 2000 CF4427. For a kit originally offered quite a few years ago, it's still a nice looking hopper with lots of detail similar to Intermountain. I built one some years ago and it went together pretty well and with a minimum of fuss. Last year I worked on one and I could not get the end age with the brake gear installed on the end of the hopper to save my life. It would not go into place and they are 3 main pieces that seem to break apart if you fiddle with them too much. It's on the shelf and may stay that way. I found an assemble one of the same number later.
I've assembled the IMRC 4750's in the past and a couple went together pretty well, and one had a slightly bowed body and it was a struggle to get the roof piece to slide into place.