Re: Archer rivet detailing
Jerry and Charlie: I could have done everything on this boxcar with Archer Surface Details Assorted Rivets set AR88001 (the most versatile set for HO scale and definitely the one to start with I think), but I borrowed a few strips from set AR88014 (0.008" diameter rivets; keep in mind they expand in apparent size with the finish coat over them).toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I haven't tried the new sets designed specifically for HO scale (AR88025 and AR88026) yet, but if you are after exact rivet counts (or "pitch") for specific projects, they offer a few more choices. I've had great results and keep thinking of more projects, so I will probably order one or both HO sheets one of these days. I'm also planning to experiment with the N scale set #AR88024 for rivet patterns on TOFC trailer side sheets, as Jim Eager suggested recently on another list.
I figured you spend about 3 cents a pop for these rivets, so they aren't cheap, but they are a lot of fun to work with, look great, are reasonably durable after painting, and certainly open up a lot of new modeling ground. They are produced with a very high quality waterslide decal paper that is great to work with and nicely settles with two shots of mild solvent.
I just finished another project based on a modified Erie AAR boxcar with Buckeye ends, in which I used Archer sets to add some of the smaller rivet details missing from Sunshine's resin kit (e.g., a dispersed pattern of mid-panel rivets on the sides), and also to detail am auxilliary plug door I scribed into the resin carside (this is another NP leaser). On that project and others I've used the largest rivets from AR88001 for plug welds on door opening gusset plates.
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