Clear Resin Castings


Paul Hillman
 

I'm assembling some Walthers Santa Fe 1300 class cabooses (way cars) and find the clear, cupola side-window castings to be rather poor. The back part of the casting stops in the middle of the 2 windows and leaves a vertical "post" looking thing instead of being just a clear looking window.

I could correct this by making a new mold & casting of the clear part using the original as a pattern & adding some styrene strips over the offending areas.

I have some "Easy Cast" - "Clear Casting Epoxy" that I bought awhile back, but upon reading the instructions it turns out that the complete curing time is 72 hours (3 days).

Anyone know of a clear casting material for this purpose that cures faster than 72 hours?


Thanks, Paul Hillman


Charles Hladik
 

Paul,

    Without actually seeing the piece, I suggest that you paint "the post" the caboose color and trim it to look as though it's open.

    By the way, is this Santa Fe some sort of short line or a narrow gauge?

Chuck Hladik
Rutland Railroad
Virginia Division



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I'm assembling some Walthers Santa Fe 1300 class cabooses (way cars) and find the clear, cupola side-window castings to be rather poor. The back part of the casting stops in the middle of the 2 windows and leaves a vertical "post" looking thing instead of being just a clear looking window.
I could correct this by making a new mold & casting of the clear part using the original as a pattern & adding some styrene strips over the offending areas.
I have some "Easy Cast" - "Clear Casting Epoxy" that I bought awhile back, but upon reading the instructions it turns out that the complete curing time is 72 hours (3 days).
Anyone know of a clear casting material for this purpose that cures faster than 72 hours?

Thanks, Paul Hillman


Paul Hillman
 

Chuck, I thought of doing something like that but I'd rather have full windows.

I think the Santa Fe was actually considered a "short-line" the first day their construction started, but it didn't end up that way after time. Don't actually know if it ever had any narrow-gauge. Interesting question.

Paul Hillman




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Paul,

    Without actually seeing the piece, I suggest that you paint "the post" the caboose color and trim it to look as though it's open.

    By the way, is this Santa Fe some sort of short line or a narrow gauge?

Chuck Hladik
Rutland Railroad
Virginia Division




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From: chris_hillman@... [STMFC]
To: STMFC
Sent: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 8:28 pm
Subject: [STMFC] Clear Resin Castings

 
I'm assembling some Walthers Santa Fe 1300 class cabooses (way cars) and find the clear, cupola side-window castings to be rather poor. The back part of the casting stops in the middle of the 2 windows and leaves a vertical "post" looking thing instead of being just a clear looking window.
I could correct this by making a new mold & casting of the clear part using the original as a pattern & adding some styrene strips over the offending areas.
I have some "Easy Cast" - "Clear Casting Epoxy" that I bought awhile back, but upon reading the instructions it turns out that the complete curing time is 72 hours (3 days).
Anyone know of a clear casting material for this purpose that cures faster than 72 hours?

Thanks, Paul Hillman


Thomas Birkett
 

I think they owned the Colorado Midland for awhile

Tom Birkett, Bartlesville, ok



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Chuck, I thought of doing something like that but I'd rather have full
windows.

I think the Santa Fe was actually considered a "short-line" the first day
their construction started, but it didn't end up that way after time. Don't
actually know if it ever had any narrow-gauge. Interesting question.

Paul Hillman



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Paul,

Without actually seeing the piece, I suggest that you paint "the post"
the caboose color and trim it to look as though it's open.

By the way, is this Santa Fe some sort of short line or a narrow gauge?

Chuck Hladik
Rutland Railroad
Virginia Division







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Subject: [STMFC] Clear Resin Castings



I'm assembling some Walthers Santa Fe 1300 class cabooses (way cars) and
find the clear, cupola side-window castings to be rather poor. The back part
of the casting stops in the middle of the 2 windows and leaves a vertical
"post" looking thing instead of being just a clear looking window.

I could correct this by making a new mold & casting of the clear part using
the original as a pattern & adding some styrene strips over the offending
areas.

I have some "Easy Cast" - "Clear Casting Epoxy" that I bought awhile back,
but upon reading the instructions it turns out that the complete curing time
is 72 hours (3 days).

Anyone know of a clear casting material for this purpose that cures faster
than 72 hours?



Thanks, Paul Hillman


Jack Burgess
 

Paul...

Micro scale has a product called Kristal Klerk which call be used to create clear windows and it dries clear in an hour or so. The first time that you try it, it can be frustrating but practice first. Basically, you dip a toothpick it the jar, transfer the material to all inside edges of the window, and then get some more on the toothpick and "pull" the material across the window to completely fill it. Once you successfully master that step, it works like a charm.

Jack Burgess 





On Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 8:28 PM -0500, "chris_hillman@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:

I'm assembling some Walthers Santa Fe 1300 class cabooses (way cars) and find the clear, cupola side-window castings to be rather poor. The back part of the casting stops in the middle of the 2 windows and leaves a vertical "post" looking thing instead of being just a clear looking window.

I could correct this by making a new mold & casting of the clear part using the original as a pattern & adding some styrene strips over the offending areas.

I have some "Easy Cast" - "Clear Casting Epoxy" that I bought awhile back, but upon reading the instructions it turns out that the complete curing time is 72 hours (3 days).

Anyone know of a clear casting material for this purpose that cures faster than 72 hours?


Thanks, Paul Hillman


Paul Hillman
 

Hello Jack, 

I've tried that before & still have some, but the windows have come out "wavy" & not flat & perfectly clear like "acetate" does/is. Unless I didn't do it properly enough. Guess I might not have  "mastered that step" yet.

Paul Hillman




From: STMFC@... on behalf of Jack Burgess jack@... [STMFC]
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2017 8:59 PM
To: stmfc@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Clear Resin Castings
 
 

Paul...

Micro scale has a product called Kristal Klerk which call be used to create clear windows and it dries clear in an hour or so. The first time that you try it, it can be frustrating but practice first. Basically, you dip a toothpick it the jar, transfer the material to all inside edges of the window, and then get some more on the toothpick and "pull" the material across the window to completely fill it. Once you successfully master that step, it works like a charm.

Jack Burgess 





On Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 8:28 PM -0500, "chris_hillman@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:

I'm assembling some Walthers Santa Fe 1300 class cabooses (way cars) and find the clear, cupola side-window castings to be rather poor. The back part of the casting stops in the middle of the 2 windows and leaves a vertical "post" looking thing instead of being just a clear looking window.

I could correct this by making a new mold & casting of the clear part using the original as a pattern & adding some styrene strips over the offending areas.

I have some "Easy Cast" - "Clear Casting Epoxy" that I bought awhile back, but upon reading the instructions it turns out that the complete curing time is 72 hours (3 days).

Anyone know of a clear casting material for this purpose that cures faster than 72 hours?


Thanks, Paul Hillman


Tim O'Connor
 


I agree, not "optical quality" - However, I wonder if I had a fine window
mesh (perhaps N scale?) if it would make a nice "glass brick" window - not
clear, but definitely translucent. I may try it...

Tim O'Connor



I've tried that before & still have some, but the windows have come out "wavy" & not flat & perfectly clear like "acetate" does/is. Unless I didn't do it properly enough. Guess I might not have  "mastered that step" yet.

Paul Hillman



Paul...

Micro scale has a product called Kristal Klerk which call be used to create clear windows and it dries clear in an hour or so. The first time that you try it, it can be frustrating but practice first. Basically, you dip a toothpick it the jar, transfer the material to all inside edges of the window, and then get some more on the toothpick and "pull" the material across the window to completely fill it. Once you successfully master that step, it works like a charm.

Jack Burgess


earlyrail
 


Sun Jan 8, 2017 6:19 pm (PST) . Posted by:
"Tom Birkett" tnbirke@sbcglobal.net
I think they owned the Colorado Midland for awhile

Tom Birkett, Bartlesville, o

But the Colorado Midland was always a standard gauge railroad.

Howard Garner


Bill Daniels <billinsf@...>
 

The Santa Fe acquired controlling interest in the D&RG (later the D&RGW) for a short period of time in the late 19th Century. 
 
Bill Daniels
San Francisco, CA


On Monday, January 9, 2017 3:23 AM, "Howard R Garner cascaderail@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
>
> Sun Jan 8, 2017 6:19 pm (PST) . Posted by:
> "Tom Birkett" tnbirke@...
> I think they owned the Colorado Midland for awhile
>
> Tom Birkett, Bartlesville, o

But the Colorado Midland was always a standard gauge railroad.

Howard Garner

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