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Balto&NY
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posted on May 24, 2017 03:00 PM:
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Kit building may not be as popular now as it was 50 years ago. They often were made up of wood and some cast metal parts, with some brass wire thrown in for grab irons, etc.

Trucks and couplers were not included. One bought them separately. Ditto for paint and decals, unless the kit came with pre-painted and pre-lettered sides.

This model of a B&O snow flanger as made from a kit-built Train Craft tool and supply car from 1953. A new end was made for the front. Smaller caboose-size windows replaced the larger ones on the tool car. New siding was also put on. The plow on the front truck was made from brass, following B&O drawings.





 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on May 24, 2017 03:18 PM:
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This model of an 1880's era flat car with gondola sides and ends was the 1971Mid-Continent Region NMRA convention car kit. The kit was offered in O and S scales with pre-painted and lettered sides to advertise the event and be a souvenir car as well. It has a fully detailed brake system and six truss rods, including bolt head details for them on the car ends. All detail parts were included in that custom produced kit. This model will have its sides and ends cut down to a three board height. It will be re-painted and re-lettered as well, to become an old maintenance of way car.



 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 5, 2017 09:36 AM:
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When Weaver first produced their ALco RS-3 model, it was in the form of an undecorated kit. As time progressed, Weaver improved the drive for this model. I built and painted it for the Jersey Central, adding the head end power unit on the front end. Also added were the steam heat boiler stack and the CNJ style classification lights which were scratch built in brass. A year later, commercial parts were available for them. The only mistake is that the loco number should end with 8 or upward, for one having the deck mounted HEP unit. I learned that some 10 years after building this model, which was painted with Floquil and lettered with Walthers decals.



 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 5, 2017 09:43 AM:
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This New Haven ALCo DL-109 cab unit was built from a cast resin kit in the 1980s, for a friend. He bought the it at a Locomotive Workshop open house. The kit was basically the body casting and trucks. A brass frame was made for the body, into which a Central Locomotive Works drive and Pittman 'can' motor was installed. My fiend passed away over a decade ago. No telling where the models I built for him have gone since then. This DL-109 is one of several locos I built, rebuilt or painted and lettered for him.



 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 5, 2017 09:56 AM:
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This B&O office car is a rebuild of a kit I first put together in 1956. That is what's so neat about those old wood and metal kits: they can be "re-kitted" and made new again, often with improved detail and better workmanship. The Walthers kit was 'back-dated' by adding truss rods, indicating an older wood body car that had been given steel sheathing in the 1920s. By the 1950s, some cars like that were given updated interiors and air conditioning. B&O had a few such cars, numbered in the 900 series for division level use. This model has interior details and on-board battery powered markers and track inspection lights, having their switch hidden in the water tank under the car. That created a puzzle of sort sat a model contest, with those lights staying lit and having no observable power supply to the car.


 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 17, 2017 10:23 AM:
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This 60' New York Central baggage car was built from All Nation parts after the kit for it was no longer available. The parts included the sides, ends and a piece of milled wood clerestory roof. Ventilators came from Walthers. The cast metal diaphragms wee found in an odd parts bin at an O scale train show. The car rides on accurate, sprung Precision Scale NY Central trucks, which also have opening journal box lids. Very convenient for a touch of oil now and then!

As a kit, this model dats back to J C Models of the late 1940s when the car sides were made of compressed plastic coated card stock. Stamped aluminum sides came by the 1950s, with JC renaming the line of kits as 'silver sides.' All Nation took over the JC line of O scale kits in the mid 1950s.
An issued the 60' NYC bagagge, a 70' NY coach, the New Haven/ NYC baggage-RPO, an 80' heavyweight diner, as well as a 65' N&W coach and combine. The Pullmans once offered by JC were not done as Walthers had an extensive line of kits for many different Pullman plans.

All Nation passenger car kits are becoming rare, but a few show up on eBay now and then. They are not all that difficult to build and can present a good looking model with a bit of care and attention to details.



 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 17, 2017 10:36 AM:
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Another kit built car is this Reading baggage/RPO. A Walthers kit was used but the kit's arch roof was changed to what Walthers sold as a 'streamlined' roof, having a lower arch closer to what Reading used on these cars built in the 1920s.

The car sides were shortened by cutting them apart in the middle and taking out a section. Then, solering the trimmed sides together with a brass strip batten on the inner surface of the butt joint.

The car doors have thin styrene overlays to replicate paneling details. The mail bag catcher is made with brass wire. Walthers four-wheel 'Pullman' trucks are under the car. Champ alphabet and passenger car details from used sets letter the model.



 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 19, 2017 07:45 AM:
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Six photos back, a kit built 1880's-90's high side wood gondola/flatcar is shown. The kit was made for the 1971 NMRA Mid-Continent Region convention at Tulsa OK.

Here is the car after being modified and re-lettered as a low-side gondola/flatcar for maintenance of way service.


 

   

Balto&NY
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posted on Jun 19, 2017 01:22 PM:
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Mac Shops produced a line of streamlined O scale passenger car kits, using a Budd design car body. This B&O dome sleeper was a specially made kit, one of very few produced. The unique dome design of 1848 had a 'fast back' design, found in new automobiles of that day. The rear facing glazing of the dome had a shallower slope than the forward glazing. Also, the side window panels were angled so match. Budd built three of these cars for the C&O in 1948. It cancelled the order, which was then picked up by B&O for its Capitol Limited. B&O added the floodlights for night time viewing from the dome, as well as the hand rail-like icicle breakers for running through tunnels in winter.
The model has full interior detail and passengers, as well as LED lighting. The model was built in modular form, so it can be disassembled if anythng inside needs attention as time passes on.



 

   





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