not-PFE Mechanical Reefer Model Project

Tim O'Connor

LOL -- anyone notice in Dennis's model photo the use of the rooftop exhaust stack is now
attached to the side sill ?

These old kits contain some very nice metal castings, such as a Royal F brake regulator
and a very decent AB brake valve as I recall...

Better roofs would be either the Branchline or Moloco ZU eave roofs. I used a Branchline
roof and modified end.

The exact same HO scale model by the way was also offered in resin castings from Wright Trak.
I wish he'd done the NYMX car instead ! :-)

On 12/8/2022 12:38 AM, Scott H. Haycock wrote:

I have 3 of these kits that I found when packing for a move. I remember buying them back when they came out in the 60s or 70s. 

Are the ends and roof on these worth saving?

Scott Haycock

On 12/07/2022 9:52 PM Andy Carlson <midcentury@...> wrote:

I judge rivets on HO cars via two methods: one is te total vertical count of rivets along panel seems, and the other is an objective determination of rivet size. Most house cars of around 10'0" or so have about 50 rivets in the vertical seems. I counted the rivets on the pictured Golden Spike car and came up with around 50 rivets, which is good. The objective size evaluation however fails. These oversized rivets are so large that the flat area between rivets is truncated to where the rivets appear to be super close to each other, not the broader areas in the actual cars. Less rivets would kind of correct this spacing problem a little bit, but is making the rivet count too low. What is there to do? How about scale rivets such as my favorite; the Branchline Blueprint rivets.... When Bill Welch was talking to me about harvested Athearn BB rivets i challenged him to do Branchline rivet harvesting. He then said that harvested rivets were better for spot riveting such as underframes and dreadnaught end side rivets all which is served well with the BB rivets. The BL rivets are pretty much un-harvestable. Sort of like glueing grains of fine salt.

-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 07:53:28 PM PST, Dennis Storzek via <soolinehistory@...> wrote:

On Wed, Dec 7, 2022 at 09:03 PM, B.L. Griffith wrote:
 So, the Golden Spike cars CAN be made into credible NYMX mechanical cars with a scraper and resin rivets, or not?  
Here is a clip of a pic from e-bay, you be the judge.
Dennis Storzek


Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts