Re: Tangent GATC 8,000 Gallon 1917-Design Radial Course Tank Car

Tim O'Connor


Yes, Plano (and other etched stainless steel parts) are usually .010" while the correct thickness is .023".

When DA "flat wire" was available I would use CA to bond a piece of the flat wire to the bottom edge
to approximate the 2 inch thickness of the prototype (as seen from the side). This also stiffens it. It can be
done with styrene as well but without as much stiffness. The Tichy material is good but the size of the
grid is larger than the prototype. I haven't looked at Tangent's open grid materials with the idea of using
them instead, but maybe that's a possibility as well?

On 5/31/2020 2:17 PM, Steve and Barb Hile wrote:

I did one back in about 2007, but using pieces of Tichy plastic running boards, rather than Plano.  The Plano always looks too thin and wavy for my taste/capabilities.  Here is a picture from the time



And the completed model



Steve Hile


From: [] On Behalf Of Bill Welch
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Tangent GATC 8,000 Gallon 1917-Design Radial Course Tank Car


I have to admit whenever I see a comment like ". . . it's pretty much an exact match to the Red Caboose model if you replace the running boards with open-grid steel. Plano makes an etched metal set for the model." tossed out I laugh to myself and also wench. I have two RC kids and two of the Plano etched running boards. They are on a shelf at eye level I walk by too many time a day to count and occasionally I will pause, open one of the RC boxes and look at the frame with the molded on running board for a few moments, say to myself "Not today" and put it back on the shelf. I just did it again just now. This is not minot model surgery in my opinion. I would love to know it anyone has ever done this surgery and would love even more to see their results.

Bill Welch

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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