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Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

David Sieber
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Armand Premo" wrote: I have recently tried to upgrade an Accurail reefer. All went well until I tried to match the paint. I never knew there were so many different shades of yellow. What would you suggest that I use?
--- "Ken Olson" wrote: Doesn't their web site have a listing of which paint was used on which models? I seem to remember that all were Pollyscale, but that reefer yellow might not necessarily be what was used on a particular reefer.
--- "Armand Premo" wrote: Tried Five different brands of Reefer yellow without an acceptable match, Polly Scale included.

Gentlemen,

I suspect Ken was thinking of 5th Avenue Car Shops, who market excellent custom painted and lettered Accurail cars, and whose web site has a complete list of all current and previously issued cars by road number with Polly Scale references for matching the sides and ends of all their cars. I have not seen this on Accurail's web site for their own releases; note that on their Decal Renumber Set page, they advise that "There have been too many changes in paint formulation for us to be able to match the color of many of our older kits." I suspect that like many other manufacturers, Accurail uses commercial paint products rather than paint from any of the firms that market to modelers. Perhaps Dennis Storzek can comment on this.

When we modelers modify/upgrade cars to suit our needs, we can only try to match existing paint as best we can, then use weathering to blend the shades together. If you want to represent a newly delivered or repainted car, but you've replaced molded-on details, just bite the bullet and repaint and decal it. (Unless the car you want is available from 5th Avenue Car Shops, so you can get match the paint from Polly Scale per their paint reference ... until/unless Floquil changes the Polly Scale formulation.)

Good luck, Dave Sieber, Reno NV


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Benjamin Hom
 

Armand Premo wrote:
"Lack of slope sheet supports is also fixable..."

Know thy prototype - the USRA twins did not have slope sheet supports.  See the
linked photo in my previous post.


Ben Hom

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Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Armand Premo
 

Ray ,I do not consider myself as a "Rivet Counter",but some things about the Accurail Twin hopper really bother me:Some of the detail parts are grossly cast and out of scale,The brake lever is an easy fix.Lack of slope sheet supports is also fixable as is missing interior detail.The unloading mechanism is poorly presented.The car also looks a bit too narrow.Having said all that,I am very pleased with their new triple hopper and gondola.Armand premo

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Breyer
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs



>>How would you compare Accurail's twin hopper with
>>Tichy''s?Too much work needs to be done on Accurail's
>>car to make it an acceptable model IMHO.For those who
>>need large numbers of twin hoppers these are merely
>>stand ins.Armand Premo

Hi Armand,

Remember, the Tichy USRA twin hopper is almost 18" too long. Accurails, while having cast-on grabs, are the correct length. That in itself makes the Tichy (Gould) model much more of a foobie than the Accurail.

Accurail hoppers have VERY fine cast-on grabs. For those of us needing to assemble a FLEET of cars, they're pretty much good as-is out of the box. Add cut levers, maybe a few other SMALL free-standing details, and a quality weathering job, and they're done.

And remember: once the cars start rolling all those fine details disappear into a blur of browns and blacks. Superdetailing each and every car to super fine standards might be fun and earn brownie points, but it doesn't get the cars on a layout moving!

Regards,
Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL







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Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Benjamin Hom
 

Ray Breyer wrote:
"Remember, the Tichy USRA twin hopper is almost 18" too long. Accurails, while having cast-on grabs, are the correct length. That in itself makes the Tichy (Gould) model much more of a foobie than the Accurail."

Ray, where are you getting this? The length of the Tichy USRA twin is NOT the issue, and if you've got proof otherwise, I'd be happy to see your work.. The following side-by-side illustrates the issue with the Tichy model:
http://tinyurl.com/Prototype-Tichy-HO-USRA-Twin

The center two panels of the model are wider than prototype. Granted, it's not noticeable unless you look for it, but once you know it's there, it's like an itch you can't scratch.


Ben Hom


Re: Sale of Champ Decals

mforsyth127
 

Tim O'Connor wrote:

4/5/2010 Bill Pardie wrote

Is Champ still selling their decals? I placed an online order last
month and did not get a reply. I wasn't sure if it was them or my lack
of computer skills.

I made an order last week from Champ, and got an automated reply, but
there has been no other email nor any charge to my credit card. Someone
posted that Champ was shutting down... perhaps they already have?

I placed an order online last Wednesday (9-9), money was transfered from PayPal on 9-11, decals arrived this AM in the mail.


Matt Forsyth

Modeling the D&H Penn Division
Erie Jefferson Division
In O Scale, Summer 1952

http://mattforsyth.com

Visit my D&H Steam Era Yahoo Group at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheDandHintheSteamEra/


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Armand Premo
 

Tried Five different brands of Reefer yellow without an acceptable match,Polly Scale included.Armand Premo

----- Original Message -----
From: ken_olson54022
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 9:53 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs





--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Armand Premo" <armprem2@...> wrote:
>
> I have recently tried to upgrade an Accurail reefer.All went well until I tried to match the paint.I never knew there were so many different shades of yellow.What would you suggest that I use? Armand Premo
> -----

Doesn't their web site have a listing of which paint was used on which models? I seem to remember that all were Pollyscale, but that reefer yellow might not necessarily be what was used on a particular reefer....

Ken Olson






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Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Ray Breyer
 

How would you compare Accurail's twin hopper with
Tichy''s?Too much work needs to be done on Accurail's
car to make it an acceptable model IMHO.For those who
need large numbers of  twin hoppers these are merely
stand ins.Armand Premo
Hi Armand,

Remember, the Tichy USRA twin hopper is almost 18" too long. Accurails, while having cast-on grabs, are the correct length. That in itself makes the Tichy (Gould) model much more of a foobie than the Accurail.

Accurail hoppers have VERY fine cast-on grabs. For those of us needing to assemble a FLEET of cars, they're pretty much good as-is out of the box. Add cut levers, maybe a few other SMALL free-standing details, and a quality weathering job, and they're done.

And remember: once the cars start rolling all those fine details disappear into a blur of browns and blacks. Superdetailing each and every car to super fine standards might be fun and earn brownie points, but it doesn't get the cars on a layout moving!

Regards,
Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL


Re: NC&StL (was G N) Flat Cars

Mitchell Mercante
 

Bob,
 
NC&StL #70229, Class FM-9, was built by ACF in July 1926.  This car was the prototype for the Gould pattern.    It used Dahlman trucks and had straight sidesills with a fish belly centersill.  I believe the cars were first painted black but sometime later were painted brown.  I'm sure others can supply the color changeover dates. The brown (iron  oxide) was the newer paint scheme.  Additional information/photos are in the 1931 Car Builders Cyc. or reprinted in the Train Shed Cyc. No. 46.

Hope this helps.
 
Regards,
 
Mitch Mercante

--- On Mon, 9/13/10, trolleycar68 <68trolley@attbi.com> wrote:


From: trolleycar68 <68trolley@attbi.com>
Subject: [STMFC] NC&StL (was G N) Flat Cars
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, September 13, 2010, 9:21 AM




--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "trolleycar68" <68trolley@...> wrote:
Stay tuned, I may come begging here yet again.


A friend (and member here) scanned the insert in the set of Champ decals that I have ordered.  The immediate question is do any of you know what color the TICHY flat car kits were painted for this road?  The info on the decal sheet suggests black or iron oxide, but not which one.  I could start painting now while waiting for the mail.

The sheet also suggests a number of 70229; do any of you know if this is a correct number or the series the cars may have had?

The kit in question is sold by TICHY as their Kit 4021 and is said to be a 40' fifty ton flat car and has straight side sills, not fishbelly.  The claim is that it was built by AC&F in 1928 for the NC&StL.

At this point it is obvious to me not to assume anything or to trust to how things might be described by someone selling that item.  The current example is the set of decals from Portland Car & Foundry cataloged as a GN set FOR THIS KIT, when I now find out the GN never had any such cars, and the decal sheet lettering is sized and arranged that it CANNOT be applied to the car.

I do not want to be a pest tying up the message board here so if this is too detailed a question or inappropriate please send an e mail response.

Thanks again

Bob Kutella



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Re: NC&StL (was GN) Flat Cars

Benjamin Hom
 

Bob Kutella asked:
“A friend (and member here) scanned the insert in the set of Champ decals that I
have ordered. The immediate question is do any of you know what color the TICHY
flat car kits were painted for this road? The info on the decal sheet suggests
black or iron oxide, but not which one.”
 
Brian Carlson posted the same question earlier last week.  To date, nobody has
posted an answer.  If you have two Tichy kits (or have one of the Ertl models on
hand that models the same prototype), you can paint one black and the other red!
 
“The sheet also suggests a number of 70229; do any of you know if this is a
correct number or the series the cars may have had?  The kit in question is sold
by TICHY as their Kit 4021 and is said to be a 40' fifty ton flat car and has
straight side sills, not fishbelly. The claim is that it was built by AC&F in
1928 for the NC&StL.”
 
NC&StL bought these cars in two batches:
NC&StL 70100-70199, 1923
NC&StL 70200-70299, 1926
 
A builder’s photo of NC&StL 70229 was published in the 1928 and 1931 issues of
the Car Builders Cyclopedia.
 
See Richard Hendrickson’s article in the June 1993 issue of Railmodel Journal
for more information on this and other potential prototypes for this kit.
 
 
Ben Hom


NC&StL (was G N) Flat Cars

Bob Kutella
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "trolleycar68" <68trolley@...> wrote:
Stay tuned, I may come begging here yet again.


A friend (and member here) scanned the insert in the set of Champ decals that I have ordered. The immediate question is do any of you know what color the TICHY flat car kits were painted for this road? The info on the decal sheet suggests black or iron oxide, but not which one. I could start painting now while waiting for the mail.

The sheet also suggests a number of 70229; do any of you know if this is a correct number or the series the cars may have had?

The kit in question is sold by TICHY as their Kit 4021 and is said to be a 40' fifty ton flat car and has straight side sills, not fishbelly. The claim is that it was built by AC&F in 1928 for the NC&StL.

At this point it is obvious to me not to assume anything or to trust to how things might be described by someone selling that item. The current example is the set of decals from Portland Car & Foundry cataloged as a GN set FOR THIS KIT, when I now find out the GN never had any such cars, and the decal sheet lettering is sized and arranged that it CANNOT be applied to the car.

I do not want to be a pest tying up the message board here so if this is too detailed a question or inappropriate please send an e mail response.

Thanks again

Bob Kutella


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

ken_olson54022 <kwolson@...>
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Armand Premo" <armprem2@...> wrote:

I have recently tried to upgrade an Accurail reefer.All went well until I tried to match the paint.I never knew there were so many different shades of yellow.What would you suggest that I use? Armand Premo
-----
Doesn't their web site have a listing of which paint was used on which models? I seem to remember that all were Pollyscale, but that reefer yellow might not necessarily be what was used on a particular reefer....

Ken Olson


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Armand Premo
 

I have recently tried to upgrade an Accurail reefer.All went well until I tried to match the paint.I never knew there were so many different shades of yellow.What would you suggest that I use? Armand Premo
-----




Bill and All,

Off line I sent Wayne a couple of photos of the Shake N Take Accurail
Reefer we did in the past and one that was done later representing the Needham
Packing/Sioux City Dressed Beef car that I did and have had at Cocoa Beach.
These cars are simple (currently have four underframes nearly completed on
the bench) and the results are better than average. Never having built a
resin kit I have finished I suffer from a comparison issue. I nearly finished
a Roller Bearing Models resin Troop Sleeper but gave it to a friend
before it was finished. Shame on me, well perhaps.

I will likely never finish all the styrene kits that I have in my "stash".

Greg Martin









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Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Armand Premo
 

Tim,How would you compare Accurail's twin hopper with Tichy''s?Too much work needs to be done on Accurail's car to make it an acceptable model IMHO.For those who need large numbers of twin hoppers these are merely stand ins.Armand Premo

----- Original Message -----
From: Tim O'Connor
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:52 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs




Accurail is not in the "hi fidelity" business (like Sunshine)
but they aim to provide products to a wider market at a much
lower price. Accurail makes many very useful products to scale
modelers (esp scale size draft gear & couplers, and underframes).
Most of their models represent specific prototype cars. Some are
not available in correct form in HO scale from anyone else e.g.
USRA twin hoppers, and some others are better than anyone else's
e.g. AAR offset-side triple hoppers. The Accurail Bettendorf truck
may be the second most widely used HO scale truck behind Athearn's
ASF A-3.

Tim O'Connor






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Re: The Atlas USRA steel rebuild. Again.

Benjamin Hom
 

Ed Sutorik asked:
"Anyway, Atlas has announced another run of their USRA rebuilds. I did a search of this list, and it appears the cars MIGHT work for ACL and/or Frisco. But those list-comments appeared before the car was widely available.

So, I'm asking if there are any new comments about these cars. I note that Atlas is supplying them with two kinds of ends and two kinds of underframes, so at least they're trying."

OK, I now see the release that Ed was referring to:
http://www.atlasrr.com/HOFreight/hosteelrebuilt1.htm
and it's "good" that the 8-panel cars are available.

Unfortunately, my comments in post numbers 83458 and 23214 still stand. In this case of these models, the big stumbling points are the roofs, ends, and IH of these prototypes:

Roofs: All prototypes had the original roof replaced - Viking (CMO), Murphy rectangular panel (AA, EJ&E, RI), or railroad specific design (DT&I).

Ends/IH: The DT&I, EJ&E, and AA retained their original ends and received only a marginal increase in IH at most (2"). (The ends on the AA model on the webpage are incorrect - they should be 7/8.) The CMO and RI cars were 10 ft IH cars, and a blank splice panel was used on the ends to increase their height.

I don't have information on the CN rebuilds handy to make a call on their accuracy.

These are very frustrating models. It looks as if Atlas is trying to capitalize on their approach on the 1932 ARA boxcars by tooling up different variations, but in the case of these rebuilds, the combination of variations are very railroad specific, and the end result are akin to the Train-Miniature SS and DS boxcars: variations of the same tooling that in the end produce models that aren't accurate for anything out of the box.


Ben Hom


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Greg Martin
 

Bill and All,

Off line I sent Wayne a couple of photos of the Shake N Take Accurail
Reefer we did in the past and one that was done later representing the Needham
Packing/Sioux City Dressed Beef car that I did and have had at Cocoa Beach.
These cars are simple (currently have four underframes nearly completed on
the bench) and the results are better than average. Never having built a
resin kit I have finished I suffer from a comparison issue. I nearly finished
a Roller Bearing Models resin Troop Sleeper but gave it to a friend
before it was finished. Shame on me, well perhaps.

I will likely never finish all the styrene kits that I have in my "stash".

Greg Martin

In a message dated 9/12/2010 5:51:45 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
fgexbill@tampabay.rr.com writes:

I "feel you" Greg in terms of upgrading. I am resigned to the fact it
seems to take me the same amount of time to do build, paint and decal a styrene
kit, no matter whether it is RC, IM, Accurail, Tichy, BL, etc as it does
to build, paint and decal a resin kit. (And I am not Jack Spencer)

Bill Welch


Re: The Atlas USRA steel rebuild. Again.

spsalso
 

While the first batch of these Atlas cars were 10 panel, the current run appears to be 8 panel.


Ed

Edward Sutorik


Re: The Atlas USRA steel rebuild. Again.

Benjamin Hom
 

Ed Sutorik asked:
"Anyway, Atlas has announced another run of their USRA rebuilds. I did a search of this list, and it appears the cars MIGHT work for ACL and/or Frisco. But those list-comments appeared before the car was widely available.

So, I'm asking if there are any new comments about these cars. I note that Atlas is supplying them with two kinds of ends and two kinds of underframes, so at least they're trying."

As luck would have it, I picked up #6400-4, an undec 7/8 Murphy end straight center sill car.

Goods:
- Compared to some of Atlas' earlier releases, the model is actually nicely tooled. The overall appearance is nicer than that of the Atlas N-scale model.
- While the body, running boards, underframe, and end details have been pre-assembled, grab irons, doors and door tracks, and ladders have not been assembled and a provided in a small bag.
- The end and side sill indents are more pronouced than earlier versions of this model in N and S scale and give this model a better appearance.

Others:
Unfortunately, for the HO scale car, Atlas chose to change the design of the model, replacing the 8-panel sides with 10-panel sides. As a result, I'm at a loss as to what if any prototype can be modeled from these cars (and this is in addition to my previous comments based on the pre-production annoucement). Consider the following:
- The two models represent 9 ft IH cars with 10-panel sides, the original USRA steel sheathed roof with the options 7/8 or 5/5/5 Murphy ends and fishbelly or straight center sills. These are very problematic combinations for the following reasons:
- The prototypes that I know of for 9 ft IH cars with 5/5/5 (ACL, SL-SF) and 7/8 Murphy ends (several groups of WAB rebuilds) are all 8-panel cars.
- The prototypes that I know of for 10-panel cars (ex: ATSF, RI, PRR) are all taller cars with different ends (modified original ends) and replacement roofs.

See the group files section for my spreadsheet documenting rebuilt double-sheathed boxcars prototypes.

Bottom line: The 10-panel sides of this model takes the ACL and SL-SF prototypes off the table. If anyone knows of any prototype matching either model, I'd love to hear details.


Ben Hom


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Tim O'Connor
 

Hear hear Bill! Sometimes it feels like it takes me just as long
to finish an "RTR" model as a resin kit (tank cars excepted) ;-)

Tim O'Connor

At 9/12/2010 08:51 PM Sunday, you wrote:
I "feel you" Greg in terms of upgrading. I am resigned to the fact it seems to take me the same amount of time to do build, paint and decal a styrene kit, no matter whether it is RC, IM, Accurail, Tichy, BL, etc as it does to build, paint and decal a resin kit. (And I am not Jack Spencer)

Bill Welch


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Tim O'Connor
 

Accurail is not in the "hi fidelity" business (like Sunshine)
but they aim to provide products to a wider market at a much
lower price. Accurail makes many very useful products to scale
modelers (esp scale size draft gear & couplers, and underframes).
Most of their models represent specific prototype cars. Some are
not available in correct form in HO scale from anyone else e.g.
USRA twin hoppers, and some others are better than anyone else's
e.g. AAR offset-side triple hoppers. The Accurail Bettendorf truck
may be the second most widely used HO scale truck behind Athearn's
ASF A-3.

Tim O'Connor


Re: ACCURAIL separate ladders & grabs

Bill Welch
 

I "feel you" Greg in terms of upgrading. I am resigned to the fact it seems to take me the same amount of time to do build, paint and decal a styrene kit, no matter whether it is RC, IM, Accurail, Tichy, BL, etc as it does to build, paint and decal a resin kit. (And I am not Jack Spencer)

Bill Welch

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "lifeisgood_u2" <goodheart05@...> wrote:

Hi Greg--

Tx to you and the rest for your comments. I too like Accurail,very much. Otherwise the subject would not have come up and I hope that nobody is taking offense at the question. I've been looking for a modest temporary upgrade for an even more modest amount of time away from getting the new roadbed & such in. It started as a casual comment on my part, "gee, it sure would be nice...." and I was startled by the dealer's response, like he hears that a lot. If he's accurate I thought, no use sending yet another email. But the point is well taken, ought to do it anyhow.

I also enjoy upgrading cars, but for me at least its a slippery slope: "Oh, I'll just do this" quickly turns into a major diversion.

Tx for your replies, no offense intended

Wayen O'Hern

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, tgregmrtn@ wrote:

Wayne,

Can you tell me why you would ask us to comment on ACCURAIL's position when
you could email them at _dennis@_ (mailto:dennis@)
.

It is funny you didn't ask for comments on our personal opinions of
ACCURAIL kits. Mine is I have used them extensively in upgrading and kit
conversions with great success and shared them with others. The time spent is as
rewarding as laying track or doing scenery in my opinion, I find all of this
to be essential.

Greg Martin


In a message dated 9/11/2010 9:51:54 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
goodheart05@ writes:

Can anyone comment on Accurail's position on the topic?





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