Well, the Wilson reefer is just about done. I only need to weather the car. These cars ran pretty dirty so I should have fun with this. The Protocraft decals are really beautiful. Norm did a super job with the artwork.
I dug out my Brommer Mack AC truck. My intent is to finish it up after 40 years sitting in a box. I started the truck when the kit first came out over 40 years ago. The original Brommer kits were cast in Cerro Bend, 158 degree melting point, white metal. The kit is beautiful and very accurate. Cerro Bend can’t support much weight so you need to support the leaf springs with block or they will collapse. In my youth, I remember seeing them monsters hauling coal or ice when I spent a summer in the Bronx. That was the 1950s.
It has been a while since we have seen photos of Jim Zwernemann’s work. He has been busy working on a new turntable for his railroad. Jim scratch built it using styrene for the bridge. The railing was built up using individual pipe fitting. He just about went crazy drilling the brass castings out. He found out that he could have purchased cored out castings for a little more money but with a lot less stress. It is a manual drive which eliminates the complexity of a motorized mechanism.
I am always amazed how Jim Zwernemann can take a kit like this Rails Unlimited urethane model and turn it into a really work of art. He added a few details such as the drop door hardware either side of the door. The faded color projects a feel of a car that has not seen any maintenance work in many years. The decals are from Rails Unlimited as well.
Till next time