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Re: F&C LV box car

Paul Doggett
 

Clark 

Another fine build  and the weathering looks great as well.

Paul Doggett.   England 


On 14 Apr 2020, at 17:36, Clark Propst <cepropst@q.com> wrote:


I’m out of Tamiya primer and Hobby Lobby’s closed so I’ve had to resort to Scalecoat II which takes days to dry...With Tamiya primer and Tru-color I’m able to prime, color and decal in a few hours...Oh well, like my wife says “What else you got to do?” I hate waiting...
Here are four photos of a F&C LV wrong way door box car. Love the little thing. The instructions say they sell kits of many of the cars variations, different roofs, doors, ends, if I were an Northeastern modeler I’d have a bunch of the variations. But, I’m not so one will do. I'm not a fan of the decals I think the Lehigh Valley is too large. Also used Ted's RMC essentials article as a guide when building.  I weathered the car with pencils and Pan Pastels. The four photos show that progress.
1, 2 – Just pencils. I used Prismacolor 30% and 70% cool gray on the running boards and a bit on the sides. Sienna brown to hi-lite details and a bit on the sides. Dark brown on the sides, plus a Pedigree medium looking brown on the sides.
3, 4 – After Pan Pastels. Neutral gray extra dark on the roof and underframe/trucks. Raw umber on the underframe trucks and wheel splash on the ends. I rubbed the whole car with a cosmetic sponge to blend all.
I’m beginning to think less is more when it comes to weathering.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa

Attachments:


Pacific Car & Foundry 1959 Annual Report - Photos

Bob Chaparro
 

Pacific Car & Foundry 1959 Annual Report - Photos

Photos and notes from University of Washington's Digital Archives:

1959 - Southern Pacific & Western Pacific Boxcars

https://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/digital/collection/reports/id/4051/rec/5

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


F&C LV box car

Clark Propst
 

I’m out of Tamiya primer and Hobby Lobby’s closed so I’ve had to resort to Scalecoat II which takes days to dry...With Tamiya primer and Tru-color I’m able to prime, color and decal in a few hours...Oh well, like my wife says “What else you got to do?” I hate waiting...
Here are four photos of a F&C LV wrong way door box car. Love the little thing. The instructions say they sell kits of many of the cars variations, different roofs, doors, ends, if I were an Northeastern modeler I’d have a bunch of the variations. But, I’m not so one will do. I'm not a fan of the decals I think the Lehigh Valley is too large. Also used Ted's RMC essentials article as a guide when building.  I weathered the car with pencils and Pan Pastels. The four photos show that progress.
1, 2 – Just pencils. I used Prismacolor 30% and 70% cool gray on the running boards and a bit on the sides. Sienna brown to hi-lite details and a bit on the sides. Dark brown on the sides, plus a Pedigree medium looking brown on the sides.
3, 4 – After Pan Pastels. Neutral gray extra dark on the roof and underframe/trucks. Raw umber on the underframe trucks and wheel splash on the ends. I rubbed the whole car with a cosmetic sponge to blend all.
I’m beginning to think less is more when it comes to weathering.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa


Re: Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

Nelson Moyer
 

I neglected to mention that I don’t use Dullcote or Model Master rattle cans for clear coats, either gloss or flat. My experience was similar to Eric’s. The nozzle of Model Master Cans is nowhere close putting out a fine spray as Tamiya cans. I always use an airbrush for clear coats (gloss, semi-gloss, or flat), but even then, If I get too close or stay in one place too long, I sometimes get the white powder effect of raised details. Instead of trying to cover every nook and cranny in one coat, it’s best to apply multiple coats as needed with drying in between. My current practice is to lightly spray the whole model with clear flat and let it dry. Then I look for shiny places, and selectively spray a little more clear flat on those spots. There should be no need to respray the whole model if the first application was properly applied.

 

The ONLY rattle cans I use now are Tamiya and Krylon. Yes, Krylon. I paint simulated stainless steel betterment passenger cars with Krylon Flat Aluminum. Until Tru Color came along, it was the best of the ‘silver/aluminum/steel’ [paints for passenger cars. I made color ships of the Tru Color steel/aluminum colors, and it has very fine pigment, sprays without clogging the airbrush, and levels to a smooth, thin finish. I haven’t painted a car with Tru Color yet, but I think it’s as good or better than Krylon.

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eric Hansmann
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:43 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

 

I’ve had sputtering rattle cans of Dullcoat ruin freight car finishes. I swore those off many years ago. I had used rattle cans of Model Master Clear Flat with good success before I set up a spray booth.

 

I now prefer to use the airbrush to spray Model Master Flat Clear Acryl with a few drop of the appropriate freight car color to add a chalky appearance to start the weathering process. The flat + drops of color also cuts the whiteness of decals. You can compare the before and after on a boxcar in this blog post.

http://designbuildop.hansmanns.org/2017/04/21/southern-pacific-a-50-5-automobile-box-car/

 

YMMV.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Donald B. Valentine via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:27 AM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

 

Am I all wet or are those of us who have stuck with the tried and true flat and/or gloss finishes by

suppliers such as Scalecoat and Testors really missing something? From all the complaints viewed

herein over the past week I think most of these new flat and clear finishes leave A LOT to be desired.

I'll stick with the older ones. As we say here in New England, "If it ain't broke don't fix it"

 

Cordially, Don Valentine


Re: GM&O and A&WP colors

Todd Horton
 

Scott, I have a not so great photo of a C of G door and a half with Superior doors.  The photographer was shooting a locomotive and the boxcar just happened to get caught.    Todd Horton 


On Apr 14, 2020, at 11:51 AM, Steve and Barb Hile <shile@...> wrote:


At one time, Oddball's decals had a nice set of Farmall decals.
 
Steve Hile


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of D. Scott Chatfield
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:29 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] GM&O and A&WP colors

My friend Joe Sullivan asked me the following:


1.  What color were GM&O flat cars in 1952 - 1954 time period?  The 42' 50T "USRA-ish" ones.

2.  I am assuming that A&WP flat cars and GA RR gondolas (specifically the ones rebuilt from flat cars) of that period were freight car brown (Langley Jr., Hanson & Silcox won't argue) .  Does anyone here dissent?  Does anyone dissent from assumption that the GA/A&WP freight car brown resembled the L&N color, except maybe a bit more LIGHT brownish that pure oxide red?

3. Does anyone know or a photo of one of the few CofGa 40' 1937 door-and-a-half boxcars with SUPERIOR doors?

4.  There's an online rumor of the existence of HO scale Farmall tractor decals.  Does such a thing actually exist??

Thanks

Scott Chatfield


Re: Unusual trucks on gon in American Smelting photo

Dave Parker
 

On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 09:03 AM, spsalso wrote:
I thought sheet metal trucks were long gone by this time.  
To my knowledge, Fox trucks, and similar pressed steel (or built up) trucks were never banished from interchange.  They slowly disappeared, probably because they were all on older cars with K brakes for which railroads chose not to invest in any rebuilding. 
 
--
Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA


Re: Photo: Boiler Loads

Allen Cain
 

FYI Multiscale Digital tells me that they will have these boiler loads available on their site within a week.

Allen Cain


Re: Unusual trucks on gon in American Smelting photo

spsalso
 

Garth,

Thanks.  

I did look through my limited resources, but did not find anything that looked like "it".  Besides the apparent long wheelbase, it seems that the bottom edge of the sheet metal is lower than on other sheet metal trucks.

Two things, to me, are of interest:  what is this truck, and why is it running in 1938

This car appears to be being used in a train in mainline service.

I thought sheet metal trucks were long gone by this time.  


Ed

Edward Sutorik


Re: GM&O and A&WP colors

William Hirt
 

Yes. At one time Oddball Decals made them. He printed off an ALPS printer and sometimes you would need two sets to make sure they cover. Oddballs is out of business as far as I know and has been pursued by more than a few people (including the state of Kansas) for not sending decals after people playing for them. He also burned two Kansas City area hobby shops that handled mail orders for him.

Your best source would be to hope a set shows on eBay.

Bill Hirt

On 4/14/2020 10:29 AM, D. Scott Chatfield wrote:

4.  There's an online rumor of the existence of HO scale Farmall tractor decals.  Does such a thing actually exist??


Re: GM&O and A&WP colors

Steve and Barb Hile
 

At one time, Oddball's decals had a nice set of Farmall decals.
 
Steve Hile



From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of D. Scott Chatfield
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:29 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] GM&O and A&WP colors

My friend Joe Sullivan asked me the following:


1.  What color were GM&O flat cars in 1952 - 1954 time period?  The 42' 50T "USRA-ish" ones.

2.  I am assuming that A&WP flat cars and GA RR gondolas (specifically the ones rebuilt from flat cars) of that period were freight car brown (Langley Jr., Hanson & Silcox won't argue) .  Does anyone here dissent?  Does anyone dissent from assumption that the GA/A&WP freight car brown resembled the L&N color, except maybe a bit more LIGHT brownish that pure oxide red?

3. Does anyone know or a photo of one of the few CofGa 40' 1937 door-and-a-half boxcars with SUPERIOR doors?

4.  There's an online rumor of the existence of HO scale Farmall tractor decals.  Does such a thing actually exist??

Thanks

Scott Chatfield


Striker Castings

Brian Stokes
 

Getting into the weeds here but should be appreciated by the list I think: 

Were striker castings proprietary to a vendor or the car builder? I have found a couple of styles used on USRA gons, though most of the builder photos look to be a consistent style, and a bit different from the general arrangement drawings. 

If they were proprietary, are there any resources or articles covering different designs? I've been browsing CBCs and hobby press online with no luck. 

I'm working on a USRA 50-ton composite gon in proto:48 and trying to figure out the striker casting. The best photo I could find is attached (a detail of an image of a W&LE car pulled from Ted Culotta's 2018 St. Louis RPM presentation on his build of an L&M gon). I'm modelling an SP version (ex. El Paso & Southwestern). 

If I can find drawings, the plan is to build a master and cast the assemblies I need, then incorporate them into scratch-built draft gear to house the Protocraft scale couplers... Needless to say, the entire project has ground to halt trying to figure this part out!

--
Brian Stokes
https://northpoint48.blogspot.com/


GM&O and A&WP colors

D. Scott Chatfield
 

My friend Joe Sullivan asked me the following:


1.  What color were GM&O flat cars in 1952 - 1954 time period?  The 42' 50T "USRA-ish" ones.

2.  I am assuming that A&WP flat cars and GA RR gondolas (specifically the ones rebuilt from flat cars) of that period were freight car brown (Langley Jr., Hanson & Silcox won't argue) .  Does anyone here dissent?  Does anyone dissent from assumption that the GA/A&WP freight car brown resembled the L&N color, except maybe a bit more LIGHT brownish that pure oxide red?

3. Does anyone know or a photo of one of the few CofGa 40' 1937 door-and-a-half boxcars with SUPERIOR doors?

4.  There's an online rumor of the existence of HO scale Farmall tractor decals.  Does such a thing actually exist??

Thanks

Scott Chatfield


Re: Unusual trucks on gon in American Smelting photo

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
 

Edward,

There were other brands of pressed steel trucks besides Fox. Cloud comes to mind, and I think Pressed Steel Car Co. had a proprietary design (along with pressed steel archbars). IIRC, Fox trucks were actually an English invention (per Richard Hendrickson). Fox trucks with a wheelbase of about 3 1/2 feet were, and I believe still are, used under some Festiniog Railway passenger carriages.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff 🦆

On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 10:47 AM spsalso via groups.io <Edwardsutorik=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
In the first American Smelting photo, from the group that Paul Krueger so kindly posted (message #171547):

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14180/ 

there is a gon, three cars to the right of the KCS vinegar car.  It has sheet metal trucks.  I would call them Fox, but I see that they have a longish wheelbase.

It seems odd to me that sheet metal trucks would be running at this date.  The car appears to be Union Pacific.  To me.

I wonder at the thoughts in this group on the matter.


Ed

Edward Sutorik


Re: Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

Todd Sullivan
 

... And I keep shaking the cans throughout the painting process, whether I'm spraying clear or colors.

Todd Sullivan


Re: MP USRA gon, was FSA/OWI photos

Brian Stokes
 

Bob, 

Are these scans of the detail drawings readily available somewhere? I'm presently working on one of these using the O scale Intermountain kit and would like to add these other details. 
--
Brian Stokes
https://northpoint48.blogspot.com/


Re: Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

Todd Sullivan
 

My experience is consistent with Nelson's, with various flat finishes.  I recall one situation where I experienced the 'frosting' of the flat coat, and I let it dry for 20 minutes and resprayed with a light coat of lacquer thinner (probably automotive grade, it's what I generally use) and the frosting disappeared.

I have also found that, when spraying Tamiya rattle can acrylic lacquer paint, you do need to spray on successive light coats and let each one dry.  I have to spray on our apartment balcony, since I  have no paint booth, where it is breezy, and I've gotten impatient and not waited until the wetness is gone, and also sprayed too close to the model.  A couple of times, the paint produced small 'bubbles' of paint that do not dry flat.  Those were my mistakes, and other that that, Tamiya paint in spray cans is amazing and easy to use. 

BTW, every brand of paint I've used has its own characteristics, and we, as modelers, need to experiment and learn their peculiarities.  Going from Floquil lacquer to AccuPaint was one of my biggest leaps.

Keep staying healthy and safe!

Todd Sullivan


Re: MP USRA gon, was FSA/OWI photos

Bob Webber
 

The USRA Gondolas in 1918 H&B Lots 5176, 5180, 5183 had pin & chains for both side & end doors.  Alternative mechanisms, panels and other details were made for the SSC 1932 USRA alternate.  I haven't yet run into the General Arrangement drawings, they are most likely there as well.  The butt plate & hinges, pin & chains, brake details and other drawings have been scanned. 

The door mechanism drawings for drop bottom gons usually are vendor drawings, not manufacturer drawings.  While a general arrangement drawing will show some information, the URE (or other vendor) drawings are referenced, though rarely copied for such.

At 08:53 AM 4/14/2020, David via groups.io wrote:
The original USRA gons used a windup shaft mechanism for the doors. Wine door locks were used on a number of copies built in the 1920s, and sometimes retrofitted to the originals.

David Thompson



Bob Webber


Unusual trucks on gon in American Smelting photo

spsalso
 

In the first American Smelting photo, from the group that Paul Krueger so kindly posted (message #171547):

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14180/ 

there is a gon, three cars to the right of the KCS vinegar car.  It has sheet metal trucks.  I would call them Fox, but I see that they have a longish wheelbase.

It seems odd to me that sheet metal trucks would be running at this date.  The car appears to be Union Pacific.  To me.

I wonder at the thoughts in this group on the matter.


Ed

Edward Sutorik


Re: Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

Eric Hansmann
 

I’ve had sputtering rattle cans of Dullcoat ruin freight car finishes. I swore those off many years ago. I had used rattle cans of Model Master Clear Flat with good success before I set up a spray booth.

 

I now prefer to use the airbrush to spray Model Master Flat Clear Acryl with a few drop of the appropriate freight car color to add a chalky appearance to start the weathering process. The flat + drops of color also cuts the whiteness of decals. You can compare the before and after on a boxcar in this blog post.

http://designbuildop.hansmanns.org/2017/04/21/southern-pacific-a-50-5-automobile-box-car/

 

YMMV.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Donald B. Valentine via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:27 AM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

 

Am I all wet or are those of us who have stuck with the tried and true flat and/or gloss finishes by

suppliers such as Scalecoat and Testors really missing something? From all the complaints viewed

herein over the past week I think most of these new flat and clear finishes leave A LOT to be desired.

I'll stick with the older ones. As we say here in New England, "If it ain't broke don't fix it"

 

Cordially, Don Valentine


Re: Tamiya Flat Clear TS-80 spray can

Donald B. Valentine <riverman_vt@...>
 

Am I all wet or are those of us who have stuck with the tried and true flat and/or gloss finishes by
suppliers such as Scalecoat and Testors really missing something? From all the complaints viewed
herein over the past week I think most of these new flat and clear finishes leave A LOT to be desired.
I'll stick with the older ones. As we say here in New England, "If it ain't broke don't fix it"

Cordially, Don Valentine

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