Re: Ye Old X29

Bruce Smith

Hey Dennis,

I think about tanks… you know… 3” or more.  So 1/2”… that seems pretty thin to me <VBG>!  X29 patch panels do have an obvious step and weld fillet (not weld bead) with the original side plates.



Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."

On Jan 15, 2015, at 3:38 PM, destorzek@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

---In STMFC@..., <smithbf@...> wrote :
"Semantically speaking, they don’t have to be any particular thickness.  However, to be prototypic thickness they would need to be around 0.009” for 3/4” plate and 0.006” for 1/2” plate steel."

1/2" plate... 3/4" plate? Seriously? It always amazes me, for as picky as the RPM guys claim to be, how clueless they are about material sizes. Most prototype steel boxcars were sheathed with 10 ga. steel, which, at about .135" thick, is just a bit thicker than 1/8". This would properly represented in HO by material .002" thick... yeah, heavy foil. Even if one wanted to bump the thickness up a bit so it doesn't get buried in paint, .003 or .004 would be about the max.

That's not saying that Pierre's product won't be that thickness, as I believe Peter has done some etching work with .005" stock. Pierre?

Dennis Storzek 

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