Re: Help with Manufacturer?

Ralph W. Brown

Hi Chuck,
Back in ‘68 when I switched from O to HO, I primarily built wood kits of mostly models of wood prototypes.  I typically used sanding sealer and 0000 steel wool, followed by the late, lamented FloQuil paints and Dullcoat or other flat finish, the combination of which produced some very smooth finishes, probably smoother than some factory painted plastic RTR models I’ve seen.  In any event, the the grab iron and the relief on reefer door hinges brought some of those early models to mind, particularly Central Valley, but those kits came with pre-painted sides and ends, the finish wasn’t that smooth.  If it was built from a wood kit Silver Streak and Ulrich might be possibilities too.
Regarding Silver Streak, their Kit No. 1, one of which is sitting on a shelf downstairs, is an ART reefer with pre-painted and decorated sides, and grab irons rather than ladders, but the underbody doesn’t come close to the model you have.  It also lacks cut levers and some of the other nice details on your model.
I suppose you could pull a truck and bore a wee hole in the bottom to see whether it’s plastic resin or wood.  Whatever it is, it’s a good looking car.
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532


From: Chuck Cover
Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2019 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Help with Manufacturer?

RE:  .  Are they wood, resin or plastic?


Hi Ralph,


That is one of my problems, I cannot tell whether the model is wood or not.  The entire model is very smooth which makes me think that it not a wood base.  The other interesting thing is that most of the Silver Streak models have ladders on the right of each side rather than individual grabs.


Thanks to everyone for their input.


Chuck Cover

Santa Fe, NM



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