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    Ive been looking at free lancing my railroad as i havent found a proto type to fit my needs yet for an west coast shortline.

    I kind of like the idea of being able to select my whole roster from cars i like and locomotives i want to run.

    Anywya im wonderin what peoples thoughts on the Tichy Train group kits are?

    Im looking more specifically at the outside braced box cars and what the level of detail is on them compared to ready to run stuff?

    They look like they have separate grab irons and details rather then molded on details. Is this correct?

    Would be great to see some built ups of there cars and there level of detail.
    Owen Pass Lumber Company

    HO Logging Layout in a Shed.

    https://owenpass.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    HI,

    Tichy kits are nicely detailed, and come with a good set of illustrated assembly instructions, often including photos of the model. You can download all of their assembly instructions from their website here: http://tinyurl.com/pbc9ulz

    I have built several of their kits so far, and have found them to be good fitting and complete. They have included drilling jigs for the grab irons, a nice touch. Well worth trying one - good price!

    -Eric
    Eric Bergh
    Learn by Doing!

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    • #3
      I've built a number of Tichy kits including their hoppers, flat cars and the crane and idler car. I have yet to find plastic rolling stock kits with this level of detail and yet fit so well.

      As Eric mentioned, the prices of quite reasonable as well

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      • #4
        Thanks guys. Im going to have to give some a go. I think the cost of ready to run stuff in Australia is just way to high at the moment. I dont know if thats because ive left and been scratch building narrow gauge stuff but looking back now im finding it very hard to source the rolling stock i want.

        The 6 car packs seem to be very well priced also. Easy way to get a roster up for a freelanced railroad.
        Owen Pass Lumber Company

        HO Logging Layout in a Shed.

        https://owenpass.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          Here's a photo I had handy: A Tichy USRA 50 ton 2-bay hopper I built. The only detail I added was the brake line along the side sill.



          The boxcars give similar results, but they're more work than a P2K, Intermountain or Red Caboose kit, because you drill holes for the wire steps and grabs.
          James

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          • #6
            I use USRA prototypes for many of my freelanced road's cars since the prototypes were a standard design used by a number of railroads.

            The Tichy kits are somewhere between a Red Caboose/P2K/Intermountain kit and a resin car.

            They go together extremely well.

            The single-sheathed USRA box is one of the best kits - the hopper and 10,000 gallon tank car assemble fine but have "prototype accuracy" issues.

            If you can drill a couple of dozen small holes you should have no problem with a Tichy kit.

            The only thing missing from the USRA single sheathed box is bolt details above the legs of each grab. You can use Grandt Line or Detail Associates (or Tichy!) nbw castings to simulate these. You don't have to drill a hold for the nbw casting - simply slice the "peg" off the back of it and secure it in place to the unpainted car with liquid cement.

            Also, the Tichy cars use a glued on coupler box cover. I'd strongly suggest drilling a hole in the coupler box lid and securing it with a screw instead.
            Marty McGuirk

            Manassas, VA

            www.centralvermontrailway.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Tichy kits are extremely well detailed; but there are a lot of small parts. They are NOT snap together kits. But time and patience will turn out a model to be proud of
              John

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              • #8
                I've built their wrecker crane and boom car and a gondola car and found them nice to build. The lack of fiddling to make things fit was terrific.
                Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                Cedar Swamp
                SW of Manistique, MI

                AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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                • #9
                  I've built several of the ore cars, and kitbashed a couple of the flats/low side gondola (both of these are originally "Gould" kits). They go together very well. These kits have plastic cast grabirons, on the flats I substituted wire grabs. I wish Don would do more kits that fit into my era.

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

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                  • #10
                    I love the Tichy kits! I will build more in the future. They do not fit in the "Shake the Box" to build category and take some time to build. Slow down and enjoy the process, if you have the patience, you will end up with very nice, highly detailed rolling stock!

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                    • #11
                      Adrian, I think I have built at least one of ever kit they have, and I love them all. The crane and boom cars were my favorites; lucky enough to get a few of those at great prices on eBay many years back, so I can build a few different versions. You can't go wrong with Ticky. I like Westerfield kits too, I have a box load, but I can't afford their prices now. At one time, I was buying them new from $15-$19 each.
                      Tony Burgess

                      Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.~ Brian Greene

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by adrian_batey


                        Ive been looking at free lancing my railroad as i havent found a proto type to fit my needs yet for an west coast shortline.

                        I kind of like the idea of being able to select my whole roster from cars i like and locomotives i want to run.


                        What needs are looking for? I follow a prototype very loosely as my creativity allows.

                        I also select my own cars and engines by what I like.
                        It's only make-believe

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