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Re: Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

O Fenton Wells
 

Well done Bob, nice innovative solution to the issue and the finished product looks great.
Fenton

On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 9:10 PM Tony Thompson <tony@...> wrote:
Your model looks excellent, Bob, no reason to apologize.
Tony Thompson 


On Apr 17, 2019, at 5:12 PM, Bob Chapman <chapbob611@...> wrote:

In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.


Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.


A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     


Regards,

Bob Chapman  

<FGEX 1+.jpg>
<FGEX End 1.JPG>



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250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
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Re: MILW>WP

mopacfirst
 

Today that car sits in a line of other historic cars where it's blocked in, very hard to shoot due to cars on the adjacent tracks.  But at least it still exists.

Ron Merrick


Re: Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

Tony Thompson
 

Your model looks excellent, Bob, no reason to apologize.
Tony Thompson 


On Apr 17, 2019, at 5:12 PM, Bob Chapman <chapbob611@...> wrote:

In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.


Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.


A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     


Regards,

Bob Chapman  

<FGEX 1+.jpg>
<FGEX End 1.JPG>


Re: Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

skibbs4
 

That’s clever with the scribed styrene instead of carving! Nice work, Bob. 

Mike Skibbe


On Apr 17, 2019, at 7:12 PM, Bob Chapman <chapbob611@...> wrote:

In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.


Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.


A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     


Regards,

Bob Chapman  

<FGEX 1+.jpg>
<FGEX End 1.JPG>


Re: Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

Nelson Moyer
 

That’s a nice looking car, and your solution to the molded details is ingenious.

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Chapman
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:12 PM
To: STMFC <main@realSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

 

In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.

 

Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.

 

A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     

 

Regards,

Bob Chapman  


Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

Andy Carlson
 

Hi Bob-
That kind of clever problem solving is why I like the STM FC. What a great solution!
-andy Carlson
Ojai CA

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5:12:32 PM PDT, Bob Chapman <chapbob611@...> wrote:


In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.


Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.


A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     


Regards,

Bob Chapman  


Re: Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

 

Nice work!

 

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

 

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Bob Chapman <chapbob611@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:12 PM
To: STMFC <main@realSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

 

In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.

 

Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.

 

A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     

 

Regards,

Bob Chapman  


Chicagoland FGEX Reefer

Bob Chapman
 

In recent years, the folks at the Chicagoland RPM have presented a kit or minikit to registrants, allowing them to model a freight car not commercially available. The 2018 minikit was a truss-rod FGEX reefer, comprised of an Accurail carbody, a custom sheet of cast resin details, and custom decals.


Attached is my result -- built as a "layout model" (no museum-quality modeling here!) For the most part, I followed the Chicagoland instructions, with one exception. I have never had luck in scraping off cast-on ladders and grabs from a double-sheathed carbody. No matter how careful, I can't seem to avoid at least one gouge, and almost always end up with ghosts of the ladder rungs and grabs showing in the siding grooves. For this model, I replaced the siding on the ends and under the side ladders and grabs with #2040 Evergreen siding. I shimmed the replacement siding on the sides with .040"-thick styrene strip spacers. The replacement siding on the ends was slightly thinned, then laminated atop the original end siding.


A big thanks to Mike Skibbe, Frank Houdina, Tom Madden, and Ted Culotta, who made the kit possible.     


Regards,

Bob Chapman  


Re: MILW>WP

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Clark,

True, but more or less out of our period. WP bought two 40' MILW boxcars of 1948 vintage for to carry Ammana appliances, I suspect as part of a pool arrangement. They were numbered 3416-3417, and rebuilt with 9' doors, nailable steel floors and Spartan Easy Loaders. The doors carried a steel plate with SEI initials, like most specially-equipped WP boxcars.  One survives at the Portola Railroad Museum as MW 0209. A photo can be seen at https://www.wplives.com/archives/mow/nonrevenue/MW0209.php .

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 4/17/19 2:13 PM, Clark Propst wrote:
A friend was telling me about a thread he’d been looking at on some website? about possible two Milwaukee ribsides that went to the WP. He said the thread never answered the questions of why the cars were on the WP and what their purpose was. Anyone on this list know anything about these cars? Sorry to bother if this transaction took place after 1960.
CW Propst


MILW>WP

Clark Propst
 

A friend was telling me about a thread he’d been looking at on some website? about possible two Milwaukee ribsides that went to the WP. He said the thread never answered the questions of why the cars were on the WP and what their purpose was. Anyone on this list know anything about these cars? Sorry to bother if this transaction took place after 1960.
CW Propst


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Ken Adams
 

I just gave away about 25 issues of MM 1983-1987 to Just Trains in Concord (my usual LHS no other connection)  for their old magazine rack. Now to find anyone who wants 20-25 years of Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazettes and is willing to cart them away.

Ken Adams
Walnut Creek California 


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Bob Chaparro
 

Hi, Denny -
I will be in Sacramento starting on May 1 for the PCR Convention.
If it is just two boxes I am willing to take them. Several clubs I know would want these back issues.
Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA
chiefbobbb AT Verizon DOT net


Re: Throwback Tuesday: Athearn Rolling Stock Ad, Model Railroader October 1959

Richard Townsend
 

I have just such a project on my workbench right now. A new roof, an Accurail fish belly underframe, and the usual improvements to the sides and ends are involved.


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Aley, Jeff A
 

Folks,

 

               I’m not sure if the discussion of Media Mail would be on-topic for the RPO List.  But I AM sure that it’s NOT on-topic for STMFC.

 

Thanks,

 

-Jeff Aley

Deputy Moderator, STMFC

 


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Douglas Harding
 

Gary, I suspect that used magazines could be considered “books” as the advertising is dated and thus no longer applicable.

 

What used to be called book rate is now Media Mail®

Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent domestically using Media Mail. Contents are limited to books, manuscripts, sound recordings, and certain other educational materials. Formerly called “Book Rate”, Media Mail cannot contain advertising, except eligible books may contain incidental announcements of books.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gary Roe
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:10 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

 

Tim,

 

My local post office told me that you cannot ship magazines Media Mail, since they contain advertisements.  It's probably done all the time; but...

 

gary roe

quincy, illinois

 

 

 

 

On ‎Tuesday‎, ‎April‎ ‎16‎, ‎2019‎ ‎03‎:‎55‎:‎30‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CDT, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

 

 


Media Mail is still quite inexpensive. You probably can ship a year's
worth of issues across the country
for just a few dollars. Just pack them between sheets of cardboard.


On 4/16/2019 3:49 PM, Denny Anspach wrote:
> Friends, I am in possession of two gifted  boxes of about 170 issues of MAINLINE MODELER dating from early 1983 well into the 21stC.  I have no notion of continuity, and some issues have reportedly had articles removed. (primarily SP, I would guess).  Although I am essentially over such habits, I too could possibly save out some issues/articles prior to eventual definite disposal. I am thoroughly amazed at the sheer volume and quality of information about prototype modeling projects, materials, techniques, and the quality photos to supplement all.  Great bed time leafing/reading!
>
> My point:  Prior to any notion of disposal, these are FREE to anyone willing to pick them up FOB. I could ship them, but only at great(!)  expense.
>
> If interested, and you are decisive, let me know OFF LIST.
>
> Denny
>   
> Denny S. Anspach MD
> Sacramento CA


--
*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*



Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Tim O'Connor
 


Technically true, which is why I would box them or use a stiff carboard envelope.
I have mailed magazine-size publications (e.g. "Classic Freight Cars") without
any problems. And I mail enough stuff that the folks down at the Post Office know
me by name. :-D

Tim O'Connor


On 4/16/2019 5:09 PM, Gary Roe wrote:
Tim,

My local post office told me that you cannot ship magazines Media Mail, since they contain advertisements.  It's probably done all the time; but...

gary roe

--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Dennis Storzek
 

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 05:30 PM, Bruce Smith wrote:
From the USPS web site "Media Mail packages may not contain advertising."
That's because you don't want media mail, but rather Bound Printed Matter rate:

Difference between Bound Printed Matter and Media Mail! ... So it's a bulk rate service, much cheaper than regular Media Mail. Books can be shipped by BPM. Catalogs and magazines can also be shipped by BPM, but are not allowed underMedia Mail because they contain advertising.

Dennis


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Bruce Smith
 

From the USPS web site "Media Mail packages may not contain advertising."  I note that newspapers are NOT listed as media mail eligible on the USPS web site.


Regards,

Bruce Smith

Auburn, AL




From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Dennis Storzek <destorzek@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:19 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Mainline Modeler collection disposal.
 
On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 02:09 PM, Gary Roe wrote:
Tim,
 
My local post office told me that you cannot ship magazines Media Mail, since they contain advertisements.  It's probably done all the time; but...
And newspapers don't? Newly printed magazines go media mail... as I recall, to qualify, the magazine has to be less than a certain percentage of advertising, I want to say 50% , but it may have been slightly less, such as 45%. Any more than that is an ad flyer, which doesn't qualify. Whatever, if it was initially delivered via media mail, it qualifies to go that way again.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Nelson Moyer
 

I looked up the media that qualify for media mail rates on the USPS web site, and magazines and newspapers aren’t listed. Maybe the rules changed?

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:20 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

 

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 02:09 PM, Gary Roe wrote:

Tim,

 

My local post office told me that you cannot ship magazines Media Mail, since they contain advertisements.  It's probably done all the time; but...

And newspapers don't? Newly printed magazines go media mail... as I recall, to qualify, the magazine has to be less than a certain percentage of advertising, I want to say 50% , but it may have been slightly less, such as 45%. Any more than that is an ad flyer, which doesn't qualify. Whatever, if it was initially delivered via media mail, it qualifies to go that way again.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Mainline Modeler collection disposal.

Dennis Storzek
 

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 02:09 PM, Gary Roe wrote:
Tim,
 
My local post office told me that you cannot ship magazines Media Mail, since they contain advertisements.  It's probably done all the time; but...
And newspapers don't? Newly printed magazines go media mail... as I recall, to qualify, the magazine has to be less than a certain percentage of advertising, I want to say 50% , but it may have been slightly less, such as 45%. Any more than that is an ad flyer, which doesn't qualify. Whatever, if it was initially delivered via media mail, it qualifies to go that way again.

Dennis Storzek

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