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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/08/2020 :  09:15:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been on a bit of a freight car building blitz over the past month or so:



So far I've built a Tichy USRA hopper, A tichy Reefer and a Kaslo shops/Sylvan 1929 Canadian national single sheathed boxcar. I already built the same hopper and reefer in other threads and the boxcar project got away from me before I thought of posting a complete build on it.
I'm also building a number of cars at the same time because they will all be painted in the same Freight car light brown






As is typical with a Sylvan model, the side walls were considerably warped. I ended up epoxying athearn weights to the sides in an attempt to straighten them. I also used some industrial adhesive from work to glue the walls and roof together.
Speaking of that, I also found that the roof was about 1/16" too long so I had to shorten it to make it fit.




I decided to slightly modernize the car By using steel doors and adding AB brakes.





Not perfect, but passable.




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jbvb
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Posted - 07/08/2020 :  09:33:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That looks nice. I've built similar (but apparently lower) B&M cars from the Yankee Clipper flat kit. I haven't tried F&C's newer 'one piece body' kit, which I expect would be easier.


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Guff
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Posted - 07/08/2020 :  10:30:35 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Very nice!

David Guffey

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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/09/2020 :  09:04:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys. I haven't been lucky enough to build the one piece body kit either. I also have 3 F&C 8 hatch reefer kits on the shelf but those are flat kits as well.
I started doing a bit on a Westerfield USRA boxcar. It's an early example with drop grab ladders and a vertical staff brake.



I bought the kit at a swap meet but it didn't have instructions so I contacted Westerfield and they quickly sent me a set that I was able to print off.





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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/11/2020 :  10:17:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finished off the walls up to assembling them on the frame:



All the grab irons and some of the brake fixtures are installed before the main assembly. I also glued the tack boards onto the end walls and the doors. I found a photo of a Cn boxcar that has similarities to the Westerfield kit and I've been taking a cues from that.







One modification that I had to make was the addition of a second grab iron on the sides of the car. It's a 'modernizing' feature. The kit includes extra grabs and 4 very small NBW castings to be installed above the grab ends.



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/15/2020 :  09:08:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got the walls up:



For some reason the 'b' end was a bit wider than the 'a' end so I had to sand the edges down a bit. The walls are 'spot-welded' to the frame and then themselves before running a final bead of CA around the seams.




I also added the roof contour boards and ridge beam. The two part roof will be added later. I must have an older kit because this has all been eliminated in favor of a single casting for the roof.



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 07/15/2020 :  11:10:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glen,

Nice job on all the cars. That was a good solution you came up with to ha dale the warped sides. Some of the older kits require a bit more love and care.

Mike



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/23/2020 :  09:15:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike. I've known a few other modelers that have had to be a bit creative to make some of these older kits to work.
I completed the brake gear:



I went with the AB brake system, as most cars would have it by the mid fifties. I had to study a few photos and other models to figure out the air line routing from the reservoir to the valving unit.



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slimrails
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Posted - 07/24/2020 :  07:10:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm a sucker to outside braced boxcars, Glen. I have one, a Westerfield kit I think, and I need to build a few more. Very fine modeling!


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robert goslin
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Posted - 07/25/2020 :  03:47:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're really busy Glen, and doing wonderful work. I really like the outside frames cars. They have a lot of character, and not just flat sided.



Regards Rob

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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/26/2020 :  8:40:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you.

I completed the USRA boxcar up to painting this afternoon. Yesterday I glued the roof and roofwalks on. The roof as I mentioned is a two piece affair. I used medium thickness CA to attach it as it does give a bit of time to maneuver the parts into alignment before it sets up completely. The roofwalk covers the seam.
The endwalks are a bit of a challenge.



The walks are attached by straps made of flat brass strip. The ends get a 90 degree bend in them before gluing them to the underside of the walks.







Then the straps are glued to the underside of the main roofwalk, and the edges of the roof.




Then I finished the model off by adding the retainer valve piping, The roofwalk end supports and the stirup steps.




Now I have 4 cars ready for the paint shop.



Edited by - Glen Haasdyk on 07/26/2020 8:42:32 PM

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acousticco
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Posted - 07/26/2020 :  8:50:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I haven't been commenting much lately but I do follow your builds quite closely, always fun to follow. Nice work!

-Cody



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 08/03/2020 :  12:16:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Cody.
Over the past few days I applied the primer to the four cars.



I used to use the gray Wal-mart brand primer but that was discontinued a few years ago. I've pretty much finished off my stash of that so I switched to Krylon Paver grey in the Chalky finish. It gives almost the same result as the Wal-mart paint but is considerably more expensive. The only other real difference is it has a longer drying time.



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 08/03/2020 :  12:42:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Glen! Keep going!

As to the expense of the primer, if you compare the amount of actual product in the cans, you might find that the discontinued primer is considerably more expensive than is the stuff that's now available from stores. I wondered about that years ago and did the math.... Sometimes a "bargain" isn't....

Pete
in Michigan



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George D
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Posted - 08/03/2020 :  1:50:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice work on those resin kits, Glen.

George



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George D
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Posted - 08/03/2020 :  1:50:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice work on those resin kits, Glen.

George



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