I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The holidays have slowed progress on the tank car. However, I did manage to finish the frame and prime it. Most of the time was spent with the little details like installing the staff and ratchet for the hand brake, retainer valve, retainer airline and the tank support that sits on the frame at midpoint.
I also built four stirrups for mounting on the frame. These were formed out of .010″ x.040″ brass strip. They are mounted to the side channel with short lengths of wire to simulate bolts. They look delicate and hopefully will survive layout use. I have found that using a small vise to hold the partially completed stirrup allows me to make the last bend ensure same length of either side of the stirrup.
The next installment will cover decal rivet installation and final tank finishing. Hopefully it will be wrapped up by 1 January.