Re: Sunshine Kits

Bill Darnaby

I have built 3 wagon tops and discovered a couple of relatively easy tricks
to improve appearance. I added pieces of .125 x .250 styrene between the
bulkheads, .250 side out, just below the roof curve. This provides
something else to glue to and alleviaties the tendancy of the sides to
buckle inwards. The most important thing I found is that the dimension of
the roof portion of the side from curve to ridge is too much. It is,
therefore a mistake to attach the sides at the roof ridge first and work
down as the extra material has no place to go. I found it best to attach
the sides at the bottom first, after making sure the bend in the sides is
setting correctly on the corner radii of the bulkheads, and then working up.
Then bring the sides together at the roof ridge. You should find that they
do not lay down on the ridge as there is too much material on each side. In
other words, the edges of the side meet before they lay down on the roof
line. This can be corrected by sliding a double sided emory board
lengthwise between the sides until enough material is removed from their
edges so that the sides lay down correctly on the tops of the ends and
bulkheads. This method worked particularly well on the M-15k as it was the
only way I could get the sides to match up correctly with the cutouts in the
side sills.

BTW, by far the toughest Sunshine kit I ever built was a pair of the
insulated 8000 gal tank cars.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim O'Connor" <timoconnor@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Sunshine Kits

Jerry Michels wrote

Of all the kits I've built (or attempted to build) the Sunshine B&O
boxcar is the hardest. Whenever I've attached the sides/roof castings,
thing never looks right. It seems to bulb out toward the top, not hang
straight down. Oh, well, sometime it pays to put these projects down for
awhile and come back to them later.
I haven't attempted the wagontop yet, but I think Bill Welch cut
styrene "bulkhead" cross-sections to support the side/roof castings.
I recall him showing it to Martin who thought it was unnecessary...
but it seemed like a good idea to me.

The kit I had the most trouble with so far was the Greenville gondola.
I decided to put a thin lead weight in the floor and it made it much
more fragile to handle...

Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
Sterling, Massachusetts

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