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Re: heavy duty flat was Athearn Blue Box kits discontinued

Gene <bierglaeser@...>
 

--- In STMFC@..., Anthony Thompson <thompson@...> wrote:

Bruce Smith wrote:
It was actually a GSC "kit" that a number of railroads including
C&NW, PRR and IRRC, SP purchased and assembled. However, the
Athearn car is fundamentally flawed with a body that is far to tall,
requiring major surgery to create a realistic car. This is one car
that screams for a resin/etch metal version (etched metal for the
deck).
Full agreement. The Athearn span bolster is immensely thick, and
thinning it about 80 per cent (or making a new styrene piece) is the
first essential step to keep the body from riding many feet above the
trucks (or at least that's how it looks). I sincerely doubt the C&NW
or anyone else's car was remotely that high. But more difficult is
fixing the body thickness itself, as Bruce says. You'd have to saw off
the deck, sand down the body and re-install the deck--and again, as
Bruce says, the deck is no prize anyway.
If you thin the span bolster sufficiently, the car can be a
stand-in, but no more. BTW, I think Erie was also among those buying
the GSC kit for home shop assembly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@...
Publishers of books on railroad history
Tony,
My thinking was brass for the span bolster. As far as it being merely a stand-in model, you are probably right but the project seems manageable except for the short wheelbase Dalman trucks I just discovered moments ago.
Gene Green


Re: heavy duty flat was Athearn Blue Box kits discontinued

Gene <bierglaeser@...>
 

--- In STMFC@..., "Bruce Smith" <smithbf@...> wrote:

"Gene" <bierglaeser@...> 10/18/09 12:23 PM >>>
Perhaps in defense of Athearn Blue-Box I'd like to point out another kit
that was at least a model of an actual prototype and letter (pretty
much) correctly; their "Heavy Duty Flat" with four trucks lettered for
C&NW #48053. The kit requires some work to get a nice model but it is
better than scratch-building IMHO.

Gene Green

Gene,

It was actually a GSC "kit" that a number of railroads including C&NW,
PRR and IRRC, SP purchased and assembled. However, the Athearn car is
fundamentally flawed with a body that is far to tall, requiring major
surgery to create a realistic car. This is one car that screams for a
resin/etch metal version (etched metal for the deck).

Regards
Bruce

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL
Thanks for the additional info, Bruce. I have a poor photo of the C&NW car, the photo in the Car Bldr Cyc and the C&NW's equipment diagram. Looks like I put two and two together and got three.

I pulled out the equipment diagram. Top of rail to top of deck should be 4'-1 5/8" so I'll have to dig out the model and have look at that. The Dalman trucks on the C&NW version had a 5'-0" wheelbase. That'll be hard to find. Challenges are easy to find; solutions a bit harder.
Gene Green


Answers, more or less instantly!

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Thanks to multiple people, I have answers to questions inside five minutes. Amazing. Thanks to all
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Re: Hypodermic tubing

Schuyler Larrabee
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Schuyler Larrabee

Ted Culotta refers to hypodermic tubing in his articles. I have come
across an application that may
make sense. OK, so where does one find this stuff? I believe that ownership
of hypodermic syringes
is still illegal in Massachusetts . . .
----- Original Message -----

http://www.smallparts.com/b/700776011?searchRank=salesrank
<http://www.smallparts.com/b/700776011?searchRank=salesrank>

I think they have assortment packs.

I would hate to have to live my live based on what's legal to own in the
PRM.

KL
Thanks, Kurt. What an amazing array of sizes and lengths, and not very expensive either! The
comment about illegality was based on the idea that obtaining them by means of getting syringes is a
non-starter here. Alternate sources is what I was looking for.

OK, the next question is, how does one cut off very short lengths of this without crushing it?

SGL





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Re: Hypodermic tubing

Paul Lyons
 

Schuyler-Small Parts-Miami, FL



Paul Lyons

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Try a local home medical supply firm. Some deal with insulin and similar products. If its the flexible tubing you are referring to they should have that as well. There are various sizes of flexible tubing used for oxygen systems and breathing treatment machines for in home use. If its the syringe bodies you need, they may be allowed to sell those to you without the needles (maybe).

Robert Federle
---- Schuyler Larrabee <schuyler.larrabee@...> wrote:
Ted Culotta refers to hypodermic tubing in his articles. I have come across an application that may
make sense. OK, so where does one find this stuff? I believe that ownership of hypodermic syringes
is still illegal in Massachusetts . . .



SGL
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Re: Tank car handrail stanchions

Jim & Lisa Hayes <jimandlisa97225@...>
 

PSC 32110

Jim Hayes
Portland Oregon
www.sunshinekits.com

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Schuyler Larrabee
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Subject: [STMFC] Tank car handrail stanchions

During the last few months, I noted (but not well enough) someone mentioning
that Precision Scale
has brass handrail stanchions for tank cars. I've wandered around in
various PSC catalogs I have
here, and done a little on-line searching, but have not found them. Can
someone direct me to the
appropriate listing?

TIA

SGL
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Re: Hypodermic tubing

rfederle@...
 

Try a local home medical supply firm. Some deal with insulin and similar products. If its the flexible tubing you are referring to they should have that as well. There are various sizes of flexible tubing used for oxygen systems and breathing treatment machines for in home use. If its the syringe bodies you need, they may be allowed to sell those to you without the needles (maybe).

Robert Federle
---- Schuyler Larrabee <schuyler.larrabee@...> wrote:

Ted Culotta refers to hypodermic tubing in his articles. I have come across an application that may
make sense. OK, so where does one find this stuff? I believe that ownership of hypodermic syringes
is still illegal in Massachusetts . . .



SGL
La vita e breve, mangiate prima il dolce!






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Re: Hypodermic tubing

Kurt Laughlin <fleeta@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Schuyler Larrabee

Ted Culotta refers to hypodermic tubing in his articles. I have come across an application that may
make sense. OK, so where does one find this stuff? I believe that ownership of hypodermic syringes
is still illegal in Massachusetts . . .
----- Original Message -----

http://www.smallparts.com/b/700776011?searchRank=salesrank

I think they have assorment packs.

I would hate to have to live my live based on what's legal to own in the PRM.

KL


Re: Tank car handrail stanchions

Brian Carlson
 

Page 68 in my HO and HOn3 passenger and Freight car parts catalog No. 4
Listed for HOn3 but work for HO also.



Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga NY



From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
Schuyler Larrabee
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 10:35 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Tank car handrail stanchions





During the last few months, I noted (but not well enough) someone mentioning
that Precision Scale
has brass handrail stanchions for tank cars. I've wandered around in various
PSC catalogs I have
here, and done a little on-line searching, but have not found them. Can
someone direct me to the
appropriate listing?

TIA

SGL
La vita e breve, mangiate prima il dolce!

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Re: LV Wellhole Flatcar

al_brown03
 

There's a builder's photo of LV 9952 in Train Shed Cyc #35, p328, and drawings on p329. These are reprinted from the 1919 Car Builder's Dictionary; the car is also pictured in the 1922 Car Builder's Cyc, though I don't know the page offhand.

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.

--- In STMFC@..., "Ed" <lehighman@...> wrote:

I would like to model this car and have the Red Ball kit as a starting point. Does anyone have a source for pictures of this car? Also interested in types of trucks (buckeye?) and wheel size plus any good sources to purchase. Finally, need info on the brake system layout.

Ed Robinson


Tank car handrail stanchions

Schuyler Larrabee
 

During the last few months, I noted (but not well enough) someone mentioning that Precision Scale
has brass handrail stanchions for tank cars. I've wandered around in various PSC catalogs I have
here, and done a little on-line searching, but have not found them. Can someone direct me to the
appropriate listing?

TIA

SGL
La vita e breve, mangiate prima il dolce!







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Hypodermic tubing

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Ted Culotta refers to hypodermic tubing in his articles. I have come across an application that may
make sense. OK, so where does one find this stuff? I believe that ownership of hypodermic syringes
is still illegal in Massachusetts . . .



SGL
La vita e breve, mangiate prima il dolce!






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LV Wellhole Flatcar

Ed
 

I would like to model this car and have the Red Ball kit as a starting point. Does anyone have a source for pictures of this car? Also interested in types of trucks (buckeye?) and wheel size plus any good sources to purchase. Finally, need info on the brake system layout.

Ed Robinson


SOLD -- Brand new Digitrax Super Chief

Jim King
 

My Digitrax system has been sold. Thanks for the responses.



Jim King

Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc.

<http://www.smokymountainmodelworks.com>



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Subject: Brand new Digitrax Super Chief for sale



I've decided to sell my new "duplex" Digitrax Super Chief equipment and move
to NCE. I've used this system to program only 1 engine and it has less than
2 hours use. I got this from a local dealer at his cost and will pass this
on to the first person interested ($446 + shipping).



The system is composed of DCS100 command station/5 amp booster, DT402D
LocoNet radio throttle, UR92 Loconet transceiver panel, PS14 DC power supply
for use w/ UR92, 2 ft of cable, LT1 test kit, Super Chief Xtra manual and
Digitrax decoder manual. All original bags and system box included.



Contact me off list with questions or your confirmation to purchase. Thanks
for help me transition to NCE.



Jim King

Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc.

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Re: Athearn's loss others gain

David North <davenorth@...>
 

Athearn didn't say they weren't going to produce these models any longer.

They said the KITS were no longer going to be produced.

Their RTR line will, I'm sure continue, using the same tooling that they
have used to produce the kits for the last umpteen years.

I would assume for them this is a simple financial decision.

Let's say the kit costs $3 to mould and pack the parts, and retails for $10.

And the RTR costs $5 to mould, assemble and pack, and retails for $16.

(I actually think the cost would be about the same for either option)

Which would you prefer to sell, if you owned the company?

Cheers

Dave North


Re: heavy duty flat was Athearn Blue Box kits discontinued

Brian Carlson
 

FWIW Railworks did the Pennsy version of this car about ten years ago.



Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga NY



From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
Anthony Thompson
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 8:16 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] heavy duty flat was Athearn Blue Box kits discontinued





Bruce Smith wrote:
It was actually a GSC "kit" that a number of railroads including
C&NW, PRR and IRRC, SP purchased and assembled. However, the
Athearn car is fundamentally flawed with a body that is far to tall,
requiring major surgery to create a realistic car. This is one car
that screams for a resin/etch metal version (etched metal for the
deck).
Full agreement. The Athearn span bolster is immensely thick, and
thinning it about 80 per cent (or making a new styrene piece) is the
first essential step to keep the body from riding many feet above the
trucks (or at least that's how it looks). I sincerely doubt the C&NW
or anyone else's car was remotely that high. But more difficult is
fixing the body thickness itself, as Bruce says. You'd have to saw off
the deck, sand down the body and re-install the deck--and again, as
Bruce says, the deck is no prize anyway.
If you thin the span bolster sufficiently, the car can be a
stand-in, but no more. BTW, I think Erie was also among those buying
the GSC kit for home shop assembly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@...
<mailto:thompson%40signaturepress.com>
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Brand new Digitrax Super Chief for sale

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Dan Stainton wrote:
Sorry you feel that way, but having used both systems, I feel that Digitrax is superior.
This thread is of course off-topic, but I've had the same experience, Dan, and reached the opposite conclusion.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: heavy duty flat was Athearn Blue Box kits discontinued

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Bruce Smith wrote:
It was actually a GSC "kit" that a number of railroads including C&NW, PRR and IRRC, SP purchased and assembled. However, the Athearn car is fundamentally flawed with a body that is far to tall, requiring major surgery to create a realistic car. This is one car that screams for a resin/etch metal version (etched metal for the deck).
Full agreement. The Athearn span bolster is immensely thick, and thinning it about 80 per cent (or making a new styrene piece) is the first essential step to keep the body from riding many feet above the trucks (or at least that's how it looks). I sincerely doubt the C&NW or anyone else's car was remotely that high. But more difficult is fixing the body thickness itself, as Bruce says. You'd have to saw off the deck, sand down the body and re-install the deck--and again, as Bruce says, the deck is no prize anyway.
If you thin the span bolster sufficiently, the car can be a stand-in, but no more. BTW, I think Erie was also among those buying the GSC kit for home shop assembly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Brand new Digitrax Super Chief for sale

Dan Stainton
 

Sorry you feel that way, but having used both systems, I feel that Digitrax is superior. Dan Stainton


Re: Athearn Blue Box kit usefulness

Mark
 

Just saw some undec. Athearn at Model Railroad Scene @ Mansfield Ohio 419 529 5959
I have a forty foot boxcar which will become a DSSA boxcar someday! 
Mark Morgan

--- On Sun, 10/18/09, Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:

From: Bill Welch <fgexbill@...>
Subject: [STMFC] Athearn Blue Box kit usefulness
To: STMFC@...
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 6:04 PM













 





I would take exception that none of the Blue Box Athearn offerings

are useful anymore. Their panel side twin hopper, probably intended

to represent the USRA twin but because it was designed to fit one

mold base, does not, is a pretty good representation of a steel

hooper owned by the Southern to the tune of 5000 cars. Aside from the

usual cast on grabs, there is a flange across the bottom sill of the

side. Otherwise it fits the height and length of these cars nicely



Their offset twin hopper does come with angled heap shields and is

the only example of this offered in 1/87th. One more reason for a

more modern approach to these cars.



Then there is their 40 foot steel boxcar. While I know some modelers

prefer their gondola as a source for rivets, I prefer the boxcar for

harvesting rivets. I need to check w/my hobby shop and double or

triple my order for some more undecs!



Bill Welch

107981 - 108000 of 193519