Re: Mather car Undeframes

Paul Lyons

Tom, I do not remember what exactly is wrong with the Sunshine under frame, but it is substantially wrong, as best I recall. I haven't done one of these in awhile, but the simplest thing to do is to cut the floor out of a Proto 2000 undec. Mather stock or box car kit and use it along with the under frame piece. It is my understanding that they are correct. I also use the roof and roof walk out of the donor as they are far superior to the resin pieces. These changes turn these early Sunshine kits into pretty nice models. I still have not figured out a really good material and a good way to add the "legs" to the reinforcing channels on the sides. In my opinion, these channel legs not being part of the side castings is the real shortcoming of these kits. I hope you are doing one of the "tall" cars that can't be done with the LL kit.
Paul Lyons
Laguna Niguel, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>
To: Steam Freight Car List <STMFC@...>
Sent: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 06:14:56 -0400
Subject: [STMFC] RE: Mather car Undeframes


In regard to the Mather box and stock cars, there had been a remark
during one of the discussions several months ago that the underframes on
the urethane Mather kits from Sunshine Models were not correct. I do
not remember anyone describing what was wrong with them, nor was there
any reference to drawings of the correct underframes regarding the stock
and box cars.

Can anyone comment on what was wrong with the kits and where correct
drawings of the underframes can be located?

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road, West Branch
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292

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