It seems that the vast majority of craftsman/urethane kits have been focused on the steam era. Bill Yancey has changed that paradigm with the launch of his new 50 foot FMC boxcar kits. His company is Modern Era O Scale. He has invested a lot of time into making superb patterns and having them cast by the best foundry in the US. The result is a product that will grab your attention. This series of FMC cars are common in the modern railroad scene. The Western Pacifc car was assembled and finished by Bill.
He used a novel technique for finishing the car. Bill learned about using gouache at the Bridgetown RPM meet held in Portland,Oregon. Here are his words describing his method. Gouache is an opaque watercolor. It comes in tubes and available at your local art store or online. He used 4 colors: black; burnt umber; burnt sienna; and orange. To keep them from just beading up, you paint them on at full strength. Bill has had the best luck using an artist brush called a ‘filbert’. It is stiff bristled and rounded. Then you use a lint free cloth to start wiping the paint down until you have the weathering you like. The great thing about gouache is that it’s completely reversible. You can then overspray with Dullcoat. Then you can add more weathering if desired without disturbing the weathering already done. I have a tendency to accidentally over weather. Being so easily removed has been a big help in mastering the technique.
The kits can be puchased from his website and are sold less decals, couplers and trucks. There are different configurations available. The prices is $160 plus shipping.
Jimmy Booth tried his hand at the kit finishing it with an extreme weathering job. Paint failure was done with hairspray I believe.
Protocraft continues to bring new products to the market. Recently Boo Rim delivered a new Pennsylvania Railroad truck called the 2D-F12. Like all of his recent trucks, this type has ball bearings on the axles and ribbed backed metal wheels. The truck has a leaf spring which the prototype used to control oscillations in the coil springs. The PRR used this truck on the following car classess:
FM, F32, GLa, GS, K7a, XL and X23 through X36. In some cases these trucks replaced 2D-F8 trucks which had all coil springs.
The truck has a uniform bolster height which makes it easier to upgrade existing cars in your collection. It is a very clean set of brass castings assembled with care and mechanically sound.
The trucks sell for $52.95 plus postage. They can be ordered via the Protocraft website.
Speaking of Protocraft, Norm recently posted a bunch of new decal sets. There was a backup at Microscale due to a very large order of airplane decals for someone in the UK. Things are getting back to normal in terms of turnaround.
A new resin kit supplier has entered the scene. They are Twin Star Models. Their first offering will be a 53′ steel flatcar once owned by the Rock Island. The railroad spiced the cars to add length to fifty-three feet. Here is a sample of what Twin Star is doing.
This a shot of the uerthane deck for the kit. It is far and away the best “wood” deck I have ever seen. Can wait to throw some weathering on this beauty. You will be able to see the pilot model for this new kit.
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