Re: Sunshine Kits


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Bill,

Thanks for this great tip on assembling these cars. You going to Naperville?
I could bring mine along and get some personal guidance!

Tom


Quoting Bill Darnaby <WDarnaby@...>:

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I have built 3 wagon tops and discovered a couple of relatively easy
tricks<BR>
to improve appearance.&nbsp; I added pieces of .125 x .250 styrene
between the<BR>
bulkheads, .250 side out, just below the roof curve.&nbsp; This
provides<BR>
something else to glue to and alleviaties the tendancy of the sides
to<BR>
buckle inwards.&nbsp; The most important thing I found is that the
dimension of<BR>
the roof portion of the side from curve to ridge is too much.&nbsp; It
is,<BR>
therefore a mistake to attach the sides at the roof ridge first and
work<BR>
down as the extra material has no place to go.&nbsp; I found it best to
attach<BR>
the sides at the bottom first, after making sure the bend in the sides
is<BR>
setting correctly on the corner radii of the bulkheads, and then working
up.<BR>
Then bring the sides together at the roof ridge.&nbsp; You should find
that they<BR>
do not lay down on the ridge as there is too much material on each
side.&nbsp; In<BR>
other words, the edges of the side meet before they lay down on the
roof<BR>
line.&nbsp; This can be corrected by sliding a double sided emory
board<BR>
lengthwise between the sides until enough material is removed from
their<BR>
edges so that the sides lay down correctly on the tops of the ends
and<BR>
bulkheads.&nbsp; This method worked particularly well on the M-15k as it
was the<BR>
only way I could get the sides to match up correctly with the cutouts in
the<BR>
side sills.<BR>
<BR>
BTW, by far the toughest Sunshine kit I ever built was a pair of
the<BR>
insulated 8000 gal tank cars.<BR>
<BR>
Regards,<BR>
Bill<BR>
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----- Original Message -----<BR>
From: "Tim O'Connor" <timoconnor@...><BR>
To: <STMFC@...><BR>
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:06 AM<BR>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Sunshine Kits<BR>
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Jerry Michels wrote<BR>
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Of all the kits I've built (or attempted to build) the Sunshine
B&amp;O<BR>
wagontop<BR>
boxcar is the hardest.&nbsp; Whenever I've attached the
sides/roof castings,<BR>
the<BR>
thing never looks right.&nbsp; It seems to bulb out toward the
top, not hang<BR>
straight down.&nbsp; Oh, well, sometime it pays to put these
projects down for<BR>
awhile and come back to them later.<BR>
<BR>
I haven't attempted the wagontop yet, but I think Bill Welch
cut<BR>
styrene "bulkhead" cross-sections to support the
side/roof castings.<BR>
I recall him showing it to Martin who thought it was
unnecessary...<BR>
but it seemed like a good idea to me.<BR>
<BR>
The kit I had the most trouble with so far was the Greenville
gondola.<BR>
I decided to put a thin lead weight in the floor and it made it
much<BR>
more fragile to handle...<BR>
<BR>
<BR>
Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...><BR>
Sterling, Massachusetts<BR>
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