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  • HO-scale Tichy 40' Plupwood Car

    This is my first attempt at building a Tichy 40’ Pulpwood car kit. Mmmmm – boy, what a challenge. When I bought the kit at a LHS I didn’t realize it was part of an a-ala-carte menu. I had to go on line and order the decals and download the instructions.

    The downloaded instructions were shall we say inadequate at best. On top of that they were blurry and the part numbers as shown in the illustrations were next to impossible to read. Thankfully the part sprews were labeled which helped some. Even though blurry the instructions were able to be read. I just wish they made more sense and had diagrams to identify certain part locations.

    It is a very detailed kit with unbelievably small parts which when they fly from the tweezers are virtually gone forever. The kit must contain parts for several versions of kits as there were extra parts I was able to fashion parts for ones that went missing.

    I found the rungs on the ladders too hard to build the Tichy way and I used 2x3 scale plastic lumber as a replacement. I cut them long, glued them in place and later cut to fit. He kit does come with Tichy’s metal grab irons which are nice.

    I found some parts making up the bulkheads not fitting as the pictures and instructions seemed to indicate, namely the angled end bracing. If I were to do another car I would make modifications to the braces. Sadly that day will probably never come as I don’t think I’ll buy another.










    Frank

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    I tried to go back and edit the above post but all I got was a blank text box. I noticed I had double picture and not this one.


    Frank

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    • #3
      I know quite well about the instruction for these kits. Nice kits, but need better instructions to follow. We all know you have it in you though to complete a great looking piece of rolling stock.

      I have downloaded instructions before in the past that I had to put into photoshop and enhance and enlarge the instructions to read them properly.


      Louis L&R Western Railroad
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • #4
        Frank,

        I agree with you that the instructions are not very clear. I built several of these cars for our club so put a lot of sweat into building them.

        One thing I noticed from your photos is that the bulkhead is upside down on your model. Compare Bill Gill's build: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=46870

        I think I made the same error on my first attempt. Please don't take my comment as criticism. Your model looks pretty nice. I don't know why the instructions are so substandard. I don't remember that being the case for Tichy's other kits. I've built the boxcar and tank car.

        Mike
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        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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        • #5
          Louis, thanks for the confidence. I hear you on the Photoshop idea.

          Mike, NO WONDER it didn’t fit right. OMG, you’re right. I even wrote in his post and thanked him for doing the research and then I didn’t go by it.
          Frank

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          • #6
            I've built a lot of Tichy cars and I've never found the instructions inadequate. In the past I did military modeling (aircraft, armor and ships) so I've never found the Tichy kits intimidating. I can see how someone who is used to the standard "shake the box" HO freight car could be though.

            I've not built the bulkhead flat car, but I have built several of the flatcars that are the base of the kit. All of the instructions from Tichy kits I have built have been well written and well illustrated. They even include warnings about steps that you are likely to mess up.

            An email or call to Tichy should have gotten you a paper set of instructions. I had a running board in one of their tank car kits that didn't completely fill when they molded it and it was too short. A quick email to Tichy was answered the same day and I had a sprue with a correctly molded running board in the mail in a couple days.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by JWhite


              I've built a lot of Tichy cars and I've never found the instructions inadequate. In the past I did military modeling (aircraft, armor and ships) so I've never found the Tichy kits intimidating. I can see how someone who is used to the standard "shake the box" HO freight car could be though.

              I've not built the bulkhead flat car, but I have built several of the flatcars that are the base of the kit. All of the instructions from Tichy kits I have built have been well written and well illustrated. They even include warnings about steps that you are likely to mess up.

              An email or call to Tichy should have gotten you a paper set of instructions. I had a running board in one of their tank car kits that didn't completely fill when they molded it and it was too short. A quick email to Tichy was answered the same day and I had a sprue with a correctly molded running board in the mail in a couple days.


              OK you say "well written and well illustrated" in some cases yes. But, as shown in this instruction sheet, the section I have blown up shows black circles with the number, hardly an easy identification. We aren't all shake the box modelers, and have built many craftsman type structures from a kit, with instructions well ahead with informed information, from the likes of this sheet from Tichy. And, an email or call to Tichy to get a paper set of instructions or help would not be needed if the kit came well equipped. I'm just saying!






              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #8
                That's a nice looking model, can't wait to see it painted.

                I've built two of the tichy flat cars (40') that this bulkhead was based on and their instructions were a bit more in-depth than these. I do wish that my kits had the extra instructions for the AB brakes that you have.

                Don't let this one experience put you off building tichys. I've built two of their wrecking cranes, probably their most complicated model, with no problems using their instructions.

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                • #9
                  JWhite – I’m far from a shake the box modeler. As Louis points out at regular size the black circles are next to impossible to read. And as far as cement part A to part B goes a little more information would be nice. Such as, make sure part A is in this position. It isn't too much to ask for to include a sheet of paper with instructions in the kit?

                  Louis – that “blow-up” would have been nice.

                  Ok Glen I’ll forge on.
                  Frank

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                  • #10
                    Frank,

                    Where ever you found the instructions online didn't give you the complete document.

                    I scanned the instructions from the 40ft flat car kit. As you can see they have a comprehensive narrative taking you through the assembly step by step.







                    I didn't scan the section on painting and decaling. As you can see, the actual instructions are much better written then what you had.

                    Edited to add: I've built the 40 foot flat, the 53 foot flat, the single sheath box car, the 120 ton crane, the PFE reefer, the steel rebuilt boxcar and all of them have comprehensive instructions.

                    Jeff

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                    • #11
                      Those are detailed instructions Jeff.
                      Frank

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                      • #12
                        I've built the Tichy Box car and don't remember the instructions lacking. In fact I was rather impressed that Tichy provides such a nicely detailed "KIT" car and rate the kits right up there with the old Proto 2K, Branchline Blue Print, Red Caboose and Intermountain kits! I have one of their War Emergency Gondola's to build and I need a couple Bulkhead Flat Cars. I think I will place an order, soon.

                        However, I really don't think requiring a customer to download instruction off the Internet to be a good way to treat your customers! I mean, instructions cost the manufacturer, what, a sheet; or, two of paper and printer ink, what the____!

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                        • #13
                          Mark, I certainly agree the kits are well detailed and I agree on the instructions.
                          Frank

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                          • #14
                            I just looked at the instructions on the Tichy site. The pulpwood and stump car instructions are pretty sparse.

                            I wonder why they deviated from their usual comprehensive instructions?

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                            • #15
                              I'll go along with "sparse".

                              I read the last of the assembly instructions today, install couplers. Ahhh, there aren't any. Never mind I'll be going to the LHS this week to get a small shopping list and I'll get some then.
                              Frank

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