Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling


arved_grass
 

I recently purchased two of the 40' Ribside Car kits. I'd certainly like to know Ted's (or anyone else's) problems and suggestions as well. Compared to the old Train Miniature car, these models seem fantastic. Is it simply a case of prefering a resin kit when it's available? He doesn't strike me as a snob. You all know him much better than I do.

Speaking of "Ephemeral" models, Volume II of the Railroad Prototype Cyclopedia includes:

"Modeling ART's First Steel Reefer (10 pages)
by Charles Duckworth

"The American Refrigerator Company purchased more than 1,000 steel reefers in 1936 that were clones to the PFE R-40-10. A history of the prototype cars is presented along with a roster of these cars and other similar ART cars built from 1939 to 1946. Models were fabricated by kitbashing an InterMountain Railway PFE R-40-23 reefer and installing square corner 4-4 Dreadnaught Ends and other details. A two-page ART lettering diagram (circa 1950s) is provided. Since the Volume 2 was published, accurate models are now available from Sunshine Models."

Well, now that very, VERY good (IMHO) R-40-10 models are available from Intermountain, I am wondering how relavent this article would be to adapting these models for the ART. Unfortunately, this volume is OOP, and my efforts to locate a copy have been nil (although, to be honest, I only began my search 6 months ago, and I keep hoping the issues no longer available from RP CYC Publishing Co. will show up in used bookstores (Railpubs.com, ABE books, etc.) or eBay, but they have so far evaded me.

Respectfully,
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Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, cepropst@q.com [STMFC] <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [STMFC] Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:03 AM


 













Ha, ha Bill.
 
Ted did a Milwaukee ribside box car in his series. He
chose the Sunshine
model. I asked him why he didn’t use the Ribside Cars
version that everyone
could get their hands on? His answer was that the Ribside
Cars model was crap.
He looked one over and threw it in the trash.
Now which would had served the readers better, how to
assemble another
resin kit, or how to bring the Ribside Cars model as close
to his standard as he
could?
That was my only beef with the series.
 
As discussed on this list before another issue facing
potential article
readers is that donor car kits are darn near impossible for
the average guy to
find anymore. Let alone paint and especially decals.
There’s a tend here fellas whether we like it or not.
The stuff we like is,
what could be called, Fringe Modeling. The magazines we held
dear are gone and
quality kits are extinct.
 
Can’t wait for the responses to this email  ; 
))
Clark

Propst
Mason City Iowa










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