Re: Sunshine NYC Hopper Minikit?

Brian Carlson

Again, I don't think so. These hoppers are based on the USRA cars.

The USRA car diagram is here PRR GLd were USRA cars E-93171 - class GLd

The AAR standard offset cars diagram is attached'

The truck centers and length  over strikers are different and the AAR standard offset cars have the taper at the end three big things off the top. 

I'd still start with the Accurail USRA car. You might be able to use the MTH USRA car but it appears the grabs are not aligned on the MTH cars and that would drive me nuts.

Brian Carlson 

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, 06:03:10 PM EDT, Rich C via <rhcdmc@...> wrote:

Brian, Since you have to remove or do some carving on the original sides, I don't see why not. The AAR Alternate and AAR twins have 11 side stakes. The AAR Alternate has even spacing, the AAR does not.

I, to have one of those mini-kits floating around. When I find it, I can fill you in or send you a PDF on the work needed. 

Rich Christie
On Thursday, August 12, 2021, 01:09:17 PM CDT, Brian Carlson via <prrk41361@...> wrote:

I should add, the sunshine instructions say that Frank did the masters for the sides. I would not be unhappy if they made a return under the RCW banner.

Brian J. Carlson 

On Aug 12, 2021, at 1:54 PM, nyc3001 . <nyc3001@...> wrote:

I saw that Eric Hansmann had posted a photo of Brian Carlson's Sunshine NYC hopper mini-kit build.

Does anyone know if this hopper is close enough to Intermountain's Alternate Standard hopper to be the base model for an accurate kitbash? iirc, this prototype was built by MDT and numbered 2,000. Thus, I would probably want to build two.

Brian Carlson HO scale New York Central hopper

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