Jim King of Smokey Mountain Model Works has stepped-up to guage interest in doing some O-Scale models. More specifically for us CB&Q modelers and fans, he has expressed interest in offering a CB&Q FM-14/FM 14A flat car kit. This is a model that Chad Boas offered in HO Scale around 2012. I teamed up with Chad then, who offered the HO Scale resin model casting kit, and shared the necessary plans from Burlington Bulletin #15, (BB#15), to make this project possible. Al Hofmann of the BRHS generously shared lettering plans and diagrams from his private collection for the flat car so that correct decals and lettering position could be offered. After that venture Jim King worked with Chad Boas who shared the information I had supplied to make a run of very successful S Scale kits. Jim is primarily an S-Scale modeler, so his offering this kit in O-Scale is only possible if we can generate the sale of 50 O-Scale kits of this model. Initially, Jim has received interest in 10 kits from a few modelers of the O-Scale P:48 group. So, I believe we can reach the goalm of 50 kits. The proposed kit is outlined below.
If you will commit to a purchase of this kit please send your name along with the number of kits you would want to either Jim King at www.smokymountainmodeworks.com or myself, Dave Sarther, at sartherdj@... I am not a stake holder in this project other than that I'd like to see this model offered so I can build it and add it to my O-Scale CB&Q trains. To date Jim has received commitments from one modeler who wants 3 FM-14 kits and another that wants 4 kits. So I believe that we are on our way to receiving the number of commitments we need to see the project come to fruition. If you have other questions about the model direct them to either Jim or myself if it is about the history of the cars.
Here is a brief history of CB&Q FM-14 flat cars from BB#15:
In June 1940 the Army Air Corps commited to the purchase of XB-29 bombers, now commonly known as B-29's. The component parts for the Boeing B-29 were manufactured at several plants spread out throughout the US. Hol goes into greater detail about the who, what, when, where and why of the B-29 on pages 30-33 in BB15. Essentially, the CB&Q FM-14 flatcars were proposed as the frame that would carry the fuselages for the B-29 to final assembly plants along with the XA-14D "high cube" (extended height boxcars) already in existance. Beginning in 1942 FM-14 flat cars went into production as outlined on p.34 in BB#15. Specially designed housings went into production in 1944 to conceal the fulages on 69 of the FM-14 flatcars while in transport.
There are some great O-Scale drawings by Marty Feldner on pp.35-36, appropriately offered as the centerspread, in BB #15, as a modeling reference.
Here is Jim's outline for the project:
Thanks in advance for your interest in this project.
Dave Sarther Tucson, AZ
The link for Jim's website is: www.smokymountainmodelworks.com or http://smokymountainmodelworks.com/S_scale_kits.html (in case the photo gets stripped from the text).
Jim's website includes a photo of the S-Scale model he offers that was based on info from Chad Boas and myself.
Photos of Chad's HO Scale model upon request.
A photo of that Jim's model is hopefully attached below. If not go to Jim's Smokey Mountain website.