Comet Car Kits


Richard Wilkens
 

From the "While looking for something else" department I came across these cardboard car sides that were part of kits made by Comet that I understand are from the 1930's. Just thought it was interesting how the model railroad world has evolved.

Rich Wilkens


Charlie Duckworth
 

I was thinking the same yesterday; I was doing an eBay search on Missouri Pacific and a Comet built up car came up.  
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Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


O Fenton Wells
 

Yessir when I switched interests from Lionel to HO in 1956 AHC used to run full page ads in MR and I think those kits were about $0.98 per kit or $1.25 with Silver Streak metal trucks. Those were available up through the late 60’s if I remember correctly 
Fenton 


On Jun 24, 2022, at 12:48 PM, Charlie Duckworth via groups.io <Worth51@...> wrote:

I was thinking the same yesterday; I was doing an eBay search on Missouri Pacific and a Comet built up car came up.  
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Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


Bruce Hendrick
 

If I remember correctly, years ago I read an article about a modeler who glued similar old cardboard sides onto plastic box cars after sanding off rivets and such. Doors, grabs, and ladders were then added on. The graphics on these sides look remarkably good.

Bruce Hendrick
Brea, California


Philip Dove
 

I inherited a few unbuilt and built Comet car kits when my Dad died in 2014. He had a few T&P double door box cars, two Milwaukee flats, and a pair of Green Bay and Western reefer. The first car l ever built was one of his GBW reefer l got it into running order painted the roof and wooden blocks that represented hatches and ran it. It ran very well on the plastic trucks provided. I was too impatient to install all the grab irons brakes and ladders so ran it minus these details. With care and assuming the dimensions and livery were OK it would be possible to make a fine model. Card is a very underrated modelling material. Computer art and printing permit the manufacture of fleets of cars with more elaborate liveries without the hassle of painting and decalling each one. I know l've done it on British models in 7mm 0 gage. 



-------- Original message --------
From: Bruce Hendrick <brucehendrick@...>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022, 22:10
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Comet Car Kits
If I remember correctly, years ago I read an article about a modeler who glued similar old  cardboard sides onto plastic box cars after sanding off rivets and such. Doors, grabs, and ladders were then added on. The graphics on these sides look remarkably good.

Bruce Hendrick
Brea, California