Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Boxcar

Finished up a Foothills Models NCNG resin box car kit. I started the kit on vacation but held off completion since I didn't have my Grandtline grabiron jig. Finally finished it, noticing that while the instructions mentioned the NCNG having air hoses opposite most rr, I failed to note this till now. Oh well, we will see if the crew notices.....

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trying Something New

While on vacation, I decided to try working with styrene as a material for scratch building cars. All my previous scratch built cars have been made out of wood. Different materials behave differently. Some advantages and disadvantages with working with styrene. Glues rapidly, holds styrene details well, but is soft and very pliable. I have some bowing to deal with due to the tight truss rod material. Next time I'll use brass wire for the truss rods. The car is a model of a flat from the Cairo and Kanawha RY, in WV.  Just needs painting, a wood deck, brake details, couplers and trucks!