I just remembered... I have an AMB Laserkit of an N&W CF caboose. This is one I have attempted three times to build from a QC kit- twice in HO scale and once in O scale. All failed.
Thing is, I will be modeling a CF as rebuilt with plywood sides. Not sure if I can reverse the sides so the smooth side is out, or just make them from styrene.
I also have a brass CF... NJI I think, never painted it.
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All I can say is, even though they're interesting, you do have to be choosy when tackling one of those old wood kits --- and be ready to improvise. That's why I'm a member of this forum. I need the prototype knowledge to be able to discern which of those kits is worth trying and which to pass over. I determine this by how accurate a model I can get given the limitations of the kit.
I've put a lot of work, recently, into a kit that dates from the late 1930s by a company called Comet. The prototype is a Wabash 40' SS, double door auto car with 3-3-3 Dreadnaught ends. The original kit consisted of a wood body, a single piece of wood for the underframe, I single turned piece if wood for the K brake cylinder/reservoir, a wooden peaked roof, stamped copper roof ribs, and several very thin flat pieces of wood that I was required to cut into various lengths to make the roof walk details. The sides and ends were of embossed card stock. Ladder was brass ladder stock and brake wheel was, I think, cast metal.
There were some structural accuracy problems and many detail deficiencies with this kit --on top of it being very primitive-- but the one thing about it that made me decide to build it was that I was able to determine that the embossed sides were accurately lettered and numbered. I've made massive changes to the kit and I'm about 90% finished with it now but I'm satisfied enough with how this has turned out that I'm going to build another Comet kit of a similar car by Grand Trunk Western.
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Jeff, I like wood kits too but those Ambroid covered hoppers are horrific and there are many nice plastic kits of similar cars.
The screen roof walks look just like screens (not like roof walks) and are always bent.
Getting rid of the wood grain is always troublesome when wood is made to look like steel.
How 'bout that D&H caboose? The windows on that end look like windows in an armored car.