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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?
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
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 07:53:28 PM PST, Dennis
Storzek via groups.io
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.