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Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

rwitt_2000
 

Scott,

Thanks.

Bob Witt


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Douglas Harding
 

Like many I have a large stash of unbuilt resin kits. Purchased while available, stashed while building a large operating layout. The layout, and moving it multiple times, has occupied my hobby time. As operations commence, improving the quality of freight cars on the layout is taking focus, ie replace the Athearn, Varney, AHM, etc with prototypically correct and better detailed cars. What I need to do is look at my stash and determine if there are kits that do not fit the era and focus, for which this group has been highly helpful in furthering my education.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

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And I believe this is where the phrase, "from my cold dead hands" comes into play. :-)

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com

On 5/24/17 10:21 PM, 'Jack Burgess' jack@... [STMFC] wrote:

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

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Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com

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Re: Essential Freight Cars

Ted Culotta
 

Jack,

That's an excellent point. I just wish I had a way to know the market for writing and publishing material about things that are out of production, but in peoples' stashes in large enough quantities to justify the effort! I am sure I could make some educated guesses about this give what Martin produced and my basic understanding of what sold. I could also put a list of cars into an online survey and see what wins out. Technology tools are easy to find to help with the research gathering.

Ted Culotta


Re: Essential Freight Cars--What size stash?

Pierre Oliver
 

It's been suggested that easily 70% of Sunshine kits and likely other resin kits remain unbuilt

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com
On 5/25/17 8:58 AM, 'gary laakso' vasa0vasa@... [STMFC] wrote:

 

Anyone have an estimate of the size of stashes of resin unbuilt kits?  Is 30% a good number or does it depend on the model?  I would guess that the Sunshine vinegar car kits have many more unbuilt than built.

 

Gary Laakso

south of Mike Brock

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:22 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

 

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com

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Re: Essential Freight Cars--What size stash?

Benjamin Hom
 

Gary Laakso wrote:
 "Anyone have an estimate of the size of stashes of resin unbuilt kits?  Is 30% a good number or does it depend on the model?  I would guess that the Sunshine vinegar car kits have many more unbuilt than built."

Who cares?  More wasted bandwidth and less time spent building.


Ben Hom


Essential Freight Cars--What size stash?

gary laakso
 

Anyone have an estimate of the size of stashes of resin unbuilt kits?  Is 30% a good number or does it depend on the model?  I would guess that the Sunshine vinegar car kits have many more unbuilt than built.

 

Gary Laakso

south of Mike Brock

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:22 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

 

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Pierre Oliver
 

And I believe this is where the phrase, "from my cold dead hands" comes into play. :-)

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com
On 5/24/17 10:21 PM, 'Jack Burgess' jack@... [STMFC] wrote:

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com





Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Scott H. Haycock
 

The plain arched end is included. The 6th end is the flat end with U channels instead of angles.

Scott Haycock


 

Thanks for your reply.


You list three ends included in the kit. By "peaked" do you mean the "arch" or "radial" ends or the angular heap shields. The Dreadnaught end is based on the arch end. They also list a notched arch end. By my count there are five different ends: flat, arch, notched arch, arch with Dreadnaught and angular heap shields. I am looking for the plain arch end

Bob Witt



Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Scott H. Haycock
 

Yes,

It comes with 6 different ends.

Scott Haycock


 

I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.


Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?


Bob Witt





Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

rwitt_2000
 

Thanks for your reply.

You list three ends included in the kit. By "peaked" do you mean the "arch" or "radial" ends or the angular heap shields. The Dreadnaught end is based on the arch end. They also list a notched arch end. By my count there are five different ends: flat, arch, notched arch, arch with Dreadnaught and angular heap shields. I am looking for the plain arch end

Bob Witt


Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Charles Tapper
 

Mine did.

Charles Tapper
OKC 


On May 24, 2017, at 9:35 PM, rwitt_2000@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.


Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?


Bob Witt




Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Rich C
 

Yes it does, Bob. Upon brief inspection it has peaked, C&O Dreadnaught peaked and regular flat ends.

Rich Christie


On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:35 PM, "rwitt_2000@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.

Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?

Bob Witt





InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

rwitt_2000
 

I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.


Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?


Bob Witt




Re: Essential Freight Cars

Jack Burgess
 

Ted…



Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.



Jack Burgess



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I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.



That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.



The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.



To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.



Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.



Cheers,

Ted




Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@gmail.com - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com










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Help with C&EI FGE insulated box cars

David Forbes
 

I am researching the Chicago & Eastern Illinois involvement with Fruit Growers Express and am looking for more information on FGE itself. Does anyone know where I might find FGE records of C&EI lease agreements? Any help would be appreciated.

At this point I have what I believe to be a complete roster with around eight or so photos.

Question, from what I have read, FGE started around 1920 but the C&EI didn't begin to lease cars till 1952, why not earlier?

Again, any help appreciated,

David Forbes


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Brian Termunde
 

Thank you for your reply Ted.

While your articles subject matter were not really pertinent to me as I was and am an N Scale modeler. However, the information, tips and techniques certainly were. I read each and every one of those articles and still have those issues. That said, I too would welcome a book.

But I agree with you, things have changed a lot, and for the better in many regards. Although the current desire RTR freight cars seems to have diminished the availability of the stuff MODELERS need (and in this context, I am only referring to those who like to built kits or from scratch or a combination, and am not criticizing others).

To be pertinent, a good number of things would need to be updated, and I can see where that would be quite a project. Hopefully it is something that you can eventually do, it would find a ready audience, even this N Scaler! 

Take Care,
 
Brian R. Termunde
Midvale, Utah


Re: Essential Freight Cars
Posted by: "Ted Culotta" speedwitchmedia@... tcschc
Date: Wed May 24, 2017 6:35 am ((PDT))

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,
Ted

Ted Culotta
Speedwitch Media
speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com
Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com


looking down views of a couple of cars

ed_mines
 

ART wood reefers with steel angle guards?

insulated tank cars like the one on p24 FOF, vol 10?


Ed Mines


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Tom Madden
 

I know there are several indexes to Ted's Essential Freight Cars articles already in the STMFC Files area, but I've just uploaded another one. It includes sidebars and tables. If it turns out to be redundant I'll remove it.


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/STMFC/files/Culotta%20ESF%20Index.xls


Tom Madden


New file uploaded to STMFC

STMFC@...
 

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Re: Essential Freight Cars

Alexander Schneider Jr
 

Wish I had seen this before replying to an earlier post. I’m delighted it’s in the queue!

 

Alex Schneider

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
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I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

 

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

 

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

 

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

 

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

 

Cheers,

Ted





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