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Re: Sunshine X 29b Kit - oversize door

Dennis Williams
 

I enjoy my kit any way!!
  Dennis

--- On Fri, 10/9/09, tmolsen@UDel.Edu <tmolsen@UDel.Edu> wrote:


From: tmolsen@UDel.Edu <tmolsen@UDel.Edu>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Sunshine X 29b Kit - oversize door
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, October 9, 2009, 2:07 AM


 



Tony,

I received an email from Al Buchan, the president of the PRRT&HS wanting to know what was the story regarding the door size of the Sunshine X29b that had just come out. He had received an email from a Society member stating that the member thought the door was too wide. This car had been announced many years before and was a hot item with the PRR modeling crowd.

Since I had previously (for ten years) been the HO modeling editor for The Keystone, he asked me to check it out. This is how it went down.

The real Youngstown door as used on the X29b is 7'4-5/8" wide with the center framed panel portion 7' wide. The door opening on the car is 7'. On the left or lock side, the door extension measures 2'-5/16" outside of the center framed 7' panel. This extension slides behind the front stop to form the weather seal on that side. The right side of the door, the door extension measuring the same has a rear weather seal which engages the post strip on the car body.

The model door is 8' overall including the door extensions. This means that the door is 5-3/8" too wide. Frank Hodina did the masters for this kit. He apparently used the master he made for the EJ&E Mini-Kit door when he made the master for the X29b car side. He apparently took a casting from the original 8' master and glued it in place on the X29b carbody master butting it up against the front stop, failing to allow for the fact that the door extension would normally be hidden from view. So the entire door including the door extensions are in view. This is what called attention to the fact that the door is too wide.

To determine how the door was too wide, I measured doors on the following models:

The original Uni-Body X29b kit which utilized the C&BT car body and doors.

A Branchline #BRA-1600 series kit with 7' doors.

the EJ&E Mini-Kit with the separate 8' Doors.

The C&BT car doors are undersize (6'10" wide including the door extensions).

The Branchline 7' doors are the correct size as matched to the prototype.

The EJ&E 8' Doors are also correct in size to the prototype.

References used to match the doors were the 1946 and 1949/1951 Car Builders Cyclopedias.

I have experimented with replacing the front door stop by substituting a piece of evergreen strip that is thinner than that of the cast door stop (salvaging the camel lock fixture on the door stop for use after making modifications) . I was not happy with this and still have to fiddle some more to see if I can reduce the door extension which should be partially hidden. Unfortunately, you would still have the opposite side to reduce and that is a problem as it is exposed on the prototype door.

That pretty much sums up the problems with the X29b kit from Sunshine Models. I presented my findings to the PRRT&HS modeling committee and Martin Lofton. Martin did not think that the door was not oversize enough to cause a problem and that he was not going to revise the kit as it would take a new set of masters to do so. I did not and have not talked with Frank in regard to the door problem. In any event, it would not have mattered as it was already too late to do so.

To avoid future errors, Martin advised me that he would be willing to consult with the committee on other models in the future. My recommendation to the committee was not to review the kit in the Keystone Modeler and pillory Martin as it would be counter-productive as the car was already out and had been sold to a large number of modelers by then. We did not want to discourage Martin from doing other PRR kits. The modeling committee concurred and that was it.

In summarizing events that took place almost a year ago, Greg may have overstated the door dimensions a little bit, but basically he was correct as I addressed much of this to him and to Bruce Smith at the time.

End of story!

For those who have the Unibody kits, substitute the Branchline carbody from Kit #BRA-1600 with the 7' door in place of the C&BT body and follow the kit instructions from there!

Regards,

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road, West Branch
Newark. Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292 (H)
(302) 740-2897 (Cell)
tmolsen@udel. edu


















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Re: The most common Offset Twin

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

I think everyone in HO is envious and wishes Rich did cars in that scale,
too. His C&O cars are beautiful, as are all his PRR models.

Elden Gatwood

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: The most common Offset Twin



<elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

I thought it was the AAR alternate standard car, which has never been
done by anyone, has it?
Indeed they have been done, and in multiples...just NOT in a "popular" scale.
Rich Yoder of Rich Yoder models

http://www.richyodermodels.com/ <http://www.richyodermodels.com/>

has done several variations of the AAR Alt. Std., especially the many C&O
variants...

Matt Forsyth

Modeling the D&H Penn Division/
Erie Jefferson Divison in "O" Scale,
Fall, 1951


Re: The most common Offset Twin

Armand Premo
 

Another Offset hopper really doesn't bother me.The question I would raise is this really the most common hopper type yet to be produced? Armand Premo

----- Original Message -----
From: Ed Hawkins
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] The most common Offset Twin



On Oct 8, 2009, at 2:39 PM, Gatwood, Elden J SAD wrote:

> L&N, C&O and many others
> had many thousands of that AAR alt std car, too, didn't they?

Elden,
C&O had some 27,400 alternate standard cars with many variations of end
arrangements. L&N had zero alternate standard cars.
Regards,
Ed Hawkins








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Re: Sunshine X 29b Kit - oversize door

tmolsen@...
 

Tony,

I received an email from Al Buchan, the president of the PRRT&HS wanting to know what was the story regarding the door size of the Sunshine X29b that had just come out. He had received an email from a Society member stating that the member thought the door was too wide. This car had been announced many years before and was a hot item with the PRR modeling crowd.

Since I had previously (for ten years) been the HO modeling editor for The Keystone, he asked me to check it out. This is how it went down.

The real Youngstown door as used on the X29b is 7'4-5/8" wide with the center framed panel portion 7' wide. The door opening on the car is 7'. On the left or lock side, the door extension measures 2'-5/16" outside of the center framed 7' panel. This extension slides behind the front stop to form the weather seal on that side. The right side of the door, the door extension measuring the same has a rear weather seal which engages the post strip on the car body.

The model door is 8' overall including the door extensions. This means that the door is 5-3/8" too wide. Frank Hodina did the masters for this kit. He apparently used the master he made for the EJ&E Mini-Kit door when he made the master for the X29b car side. He apparently took a casting from the original 8' master and glued it in place on the X29b carbody master butting it up against the front stop, failing to allow for the fact that the door extension would normally be hidden from view. So the entire door including the door extensions are in view. This is what called attention to the fact that the door is too wide.

To determine how the door was too wide, I measured doors on the following models:

The original Uni-Body X29b kit which utilized the C&BT car body and doors.

A Branchline #BRA-1600 series kit with 7' doors.

the EJ&E Mini-Kit with the separate 8' Doors.

The C&BT car doors are undersize (6'10" wide including the door extensions).

The Branchline 7' doors are the correct size as matched to the prototype.

The EJ&E 8' Doors are also correct in size to the prototype.

References used to match the doors were the 1946 and 1949/1951 Car Builders Cyclopedias.

I have experimented with replacing the front door stop by substituting a piece of evergreen strip that is thinner than that of the cast door stop (salvaging the camel lock fixture on the door stop for use after making modifications). I was not happy with this and still have to fiddle some more to see if I can reduce the door extension which should be partially hidden. Unfortunately, you would still have the opposite side to reduce and that is a problem as it is exposed on the prototype door.

That pretty much sums up the problems with the X29b kit from Sunshine Models. I presented my findings to the PRRT&HS modeling committee and Martin Lofton. Martin did not think that the door was not oversize enough to cause a problem and that he was not going to revise the kit as it would take a new set of masters to do so. I did not and have not talked with Frank in regard to the door problem. In any event, it would not have mattered as it was already too late to do so.

To avoid future errors, Martin advised me that he would be willing to consult with the committee on other models in the future. My recommendation to the committee was not to review the kit in the Keystone Modeler and pillory Martin as it would be counter-productive as the car was already out and had been sold to a large number of modelers by then. We did not want to discourage Martin from doing other PRR kits. The modeling committee concurred and that was it.

In summarizing events that took place almost a year ago, Greg may have overstated the door dimensions a little bit, but basically he was correct as I addressed much of this to him and to Bruce Smith at the time.

End of story!

For those who have the Unibody kits, substitute the Branchline carbody from Kit #BRA-1600 with the 7' door in place of the C&BT body and follow the kit instructions from there!

Regards,

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road, West Branch
Newark. Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292 (H)
(302) 740-2897 (Cell)
tmolsen@udel.edu


Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

David Sieber
 

Gentlemen,
Make it vote #4 for the AAR alternate standard hopper - but please (1) in NP, GN, etc., and (2) with wire grabs and other state-of-the-art details. No one has done this very common coal hopper (although Sunshine has resin conversion minikits) which is essential for modelers of the Pacific Northwest, the C&O, et al. Not that we don't appreciate more, more-accurately detailed models of similar versions of the AAR standard hopper, but . . .
Dave Sieber
Reno NV

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Brock" <brockm@...> wrote:

Schuyler Larrabee says about the alternative standard:


Vote No. 2.

Vote No. 3.

I have a video showing two such C&O cars in a train on the UP in the
Whasatch Mtns in Utah. To get there from the east you have to go up that
Hill...Lee? Johnston? Beauregard? Custer? Davis? JEB Stuart? Anyhow...

I actually just get tired of seeing those AAR Standard C&O hoppers on
layouts. Yuk.

Mike Brock


Re: The most common Offset Twin

mforsyth127
 

<elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

I thought it was the AAR alternate standard
car, which has never been done by anyone, has it?
Indeed they have been done, and in multiples...just NOT in a "popular" scale. Rich Yoder of Rich Yoder models

http://www.richyodermodels.com/

has done several variations of the AAR Alt. Std., especially the many C&O variants...

Matt Forsyth

Modeling the D&H Penn Division/
Erie Jefferson Divison in "O" Scale,
Fall, 1951


Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

Mike Brock <brockm@...>
 

Schuyler Larrabee says about the alternative standard:


Vote No. 2.

Vote No. 3.

I have a video showing two such C&O cars in a train on the UP in the Whasatch Mtns in Utah. To get there from the east you have to go up that Hill...Lee? Johnston? Beauregard? Custer? Davis? JEB Stuart? Anyhow...

I actually just get tired of seeing those AAR Standard C&O hoppers on layouts. Yuk.

Mike Brock


Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Vote No. 2.

SGL

Not sure what Bill wants, but I want the alternate standard side car for
Erie, NKP C&O.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com <mailto:STMFC%40yahoogroups.com> , "lnbill" <fgexbill@...> wrote:

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Could someone please wake me when a manufacturer offers the most common
version of the offset twin. InterMountain, Rapido, Tahoe, Athearn,
Branchline, Walther Proto 2000, is ANYONE listening?

Bill Welch
So, Bill, what's the most common version of the offset twin?

Dennis








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Re: Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 19

Schuyler Larrabee
 

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Galvanized metal is very shiny when new, but quickly oxidizes to a
light gray, then darker gray as it ages.

Many of you must have some house or business in the neighborhood whose gutters and downspouts are
not painted. Those are galvanized, and turn dark, even, flat gray.

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Re: ACC Applicators

Douglas Harding <dharding@...>
 

I agree with Bill. I use the cheap stuff found at the local hardware store. I don't use ACC in large quantities and found the
Hobby Shop bottles often dried up after long periods of dis-use, not just the tube, the entire bottle. It was a waste of money,
and as I don't live near a Hobby Shop, a real frustration. Now when a cheap tube dries up I just toss it, go to the fridge and get
a fresh one. And Yes I keep my ACC in the fridge, which seems to make it last longer.

I have a sheet of plate glass on the workbench, I squeeze out a little amount of ACC on the glass and use a straight pin stuck in
the end of a bamboo skewer as an applicator. Once the puddle dries I scrape it off the glass with a used single edge razor blade,
and squeeze out another drop. I have much better control with this applicator, less waste, and I don't glue my fingers together
anymore.

Doug Harding
www.iowacentralrr.org


Re: The most common Offset Twin

Dennis Storzek
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Gatwood, Elden J SAD " <elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

The "most common" version of the offset side twin is not the "AAR standard"
version, or am I wrong? I guess we should discuss how many roads had how
many of each type, shouldn't we? I thought it was the AAR alternate standard
car, which has never been done by anyone, has it? L&N, C&O and many others
had many thousands of that AAR alt std car, too, didn't they?

Elden Gatwood
Bill is talking about the side sill variations of the AAR Standard car, specifically the straight side sills that make an offset toward the bottom of the car behind the side sheets vs. the version that has the sill straight for the length of the side sheets, and then angles up to the end sills. To use the AAR 70 ton triple to illustrate, the Accurail car has the later, while the Steward / Bowser car has the former.

I'm not in agreement with Bill, however, on the relative numbers of cars. There may have been more cars built total with the angled ends of the side sills,but it appears that there were more different roadnames had the straight sills at the end of the car.

Dennis


Re: The most common Offset Twin

Ed Hawkins
 

On Oct 8, 2009, at 2:39 PM, Gatwood, Elden J SAD wrote:

L&N, C&O and many others
had many thousands of that AAR alt std car, too, didn't they?
Elden,
C&O had some 27,400 alternate standard cars with many variations of end
arrangements. L&N had zero alternate standard cars.
Regards,
Ed Hawkins


Re: The most common Offset Twin

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Bill;

The "most common" version of the offset side twin is not the "AAR standard"
version, or am I wrong? I guess we should discuss how many roads had how
many of each type, shouldn't we? I thought it was the AAR alternate standard
car, which has never been done by anyone, has it? L&N, C&O and many others
had many thousands of that AAR alt std car, too, didn't they?

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bill
Welch
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 2:32 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] The most common Offset Twin



The most common version did not have the ever so slight "swale" along the
bottom of the side sheathing but was straight along the bottom edge of the
car's side. The L&N and C&O had thousands of these and the Southern had
approximately 3,000. While one can "get there" using Athearn and Atlas
models, both involve removing molded on grabs and replacing with wire. The
Athearn example is not up to modern standards in that the inside of the car
is not modeled correctly.

Dennis, my apologies for leaving Accurail off the list I wish would do this
car. If you do it, please do not cast the grabs in place!
Personally, I don't care about the sill steps. There are only four per car.
But on hoppers the many grabs are out there for the world to see and need to
be modeled with wire, as with IM's covered hopper and Athearn's Airslide.

Bill Welch


FW: Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

Brian Carlson
 

Not sure what Bill wants, but I want the alternate standard side car for
Erie, NKP C&O.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY

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soolinehistory
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 1:34 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced



--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "lnbill" <fgexbill@...> wrote:

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Could someone please wake me when a manufacturer offers the most common
version of the offset twin. InterMountain, Rapido, Tahoe, Athearn,
Branchline, Walther Proto 2000, is ANYONE listening?

Bill Welch
So, Bill, what's the most common version of the offset twin?

Dennis


Re: ACC Applicators

Stokes John
 

Denny,

Thanks for taking the time to be detailed and explicit on your techniques. This kind of information and experience is invaluable and I for one appreciate the tips and will put your method to good use.

John Stokes
Bellevue, WA

To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
From: danspach@macnexus.org
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:55:32 -0700
Subject: [STMFC] Re: ACC Applicators





















This is a copy of my reply to the same inquiry made recently on the

Passenger Car List:



Three lessons from life about the useful application of ACC from tubes:



1) When puncturing the tube opening, avoid any inadvertent squeezing

of the tube so that the contents are not under pressure to pour out.



2) *Never (ever!) allow these tubes to rest in any other position but

UPRIGHT (I keep square styrofoam scraps with V-shaped cuts in the

middle designed to hold these tubes)*.



These simple two directives above will result of having a tube of ACC

that- a) can last usable for months on end; and b) has a tip free

of any clogging.



3) Do not apply glue directly from tube, but only into a tiny

intermediate puddle (Westerfield technique) from which actual

application is made by needle or similar. Even then, let the glue flow

from the tip without squeezing the tube except perhaps with

imperceptible pressure at the very bottom.



Instead of glass for puddling, I use small squares of aluminum foil

reinforced by folding the edges. I puddle the very tiniest drop, and

I use steel sewing needle applicators in holders (superior!), rather

than pins. I keep an old razor blade handy to constantly "peel" off

any dried ACC on the applicator tip.



I purchase Asian-produced ACC tubes in bulk at flea markets for about

@ $0.15, and have been doing so for some years. Occasionally, I get a

dry tube, or a tube of ACC that sets so fast one does not have time to

work it, but on balance this stuff does exactly what I want and expect

it to do at very little cost. My current tube was opened for use this

past May, and the tube, the applicator, and the glue remain quite

usable.



Denny



Denny S. Anspach MD

Sacramento


The most common Offset Twin

Bill Welch
 

The most common version did not have the ever so slight "swale" along the bottom of the side sheathing but was straight along the bottom edge of the car's side. The L&N and C&O had thousands of these and the Southern had approximately 3,000. While one can "get there" using Athearn and Atlas models, both involve removing molded on grabs and replacing with wire. The Athearn example is not up to modern standards in that the inside of the car is not modeled correctly.

Dennis, my apologies for leaving Accurail off the list I wish would do this car. If you do it, please do not cast the grabs in place! Personally, I don't care about the sill steps. There are only four per car. But on hoppers the many grabs are out there for the world to see and need to be modeled with wire, as with IM's covered hopper and Athearn's Airslide.

Bill Welch


Re: Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 19

William Sharpe <wsharpe1@...>
 

Hi Ed;
Thank you for the heads up on RPC Volume 19. I will be sending my
remittance to you in the mail today and would like to receive my copy from
you at Naperville. I look forward to seeing you then.
Bill

William H. Sharpe
Hamilton, Ontario

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ed
Hawkins
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:48 PM
To: STMFC Discussion Group
Subject: [STMFC] Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 19

STMFC Group,
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Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

Dennis Storzek
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "lnbill" <fgexbill@...> wrote:

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Could someone please wake me when a manufacturer offers the most common version of the offset twin. InterMountain, Rapido, Tahoe, Athearn, Branchline, Walther Proto 2000, is ANYONE listening?

Bill Welch
So, Bill, what's the most common version of the offset twin?

Dennis


Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

Tim O'Connor
 

Bill

The most common version? Which one is that? It seems to me there are
dozens of variants -- sides, ends, hopper door mechanisms, inside length
(and cubic capacity). So far we have't gotten any of the "alternate
standard" cars (except for the ancient Ulrich castings). I'm hoping for
an NP, GN, IC, C&O or NKP car someday...

Tim O'Connor

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Could someone please wake me when a manufacturer offers the most common version of the offset twin. InterMountain, Rapido, Tahoe, Athearn, Branchline, Walther Proto 2000, is ANYONE listening?

Bill Welch


Re: Kadee NYC Hoppers Announced

Bill Welch
 

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Could someone please wake me when a manufacturer offers the most common version of the offset twin. InterMountain, Rapido, Tahoe, Athearn, Branchline, Walther Proto 2000, is ANYONE listening?

Bill Welch

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

John, Ed Hawkins previously posted that 867000-867999 match
the Kadee model.

Tim O'Connor


Here's an interesting announcement (scroll to bottom): Kadee offset hoppers in NYC.
http://www.kadee.com/ca/preorder.htm
I'm not familiar with the detail idiosyncrasies of the NYC prototypes versus the stock Kadee model, but I'll probably be a customer regardless.
John

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