Jay Criswell is likely one of the most productive manufacturer working in 1/48 scale these. He is a key supplier to many aspects of our hobby.
UPDATED CHOOCH BRASS TRUCKS FROM RIGHT-O’-WAY
First of all, a posting by David Woodhead on FaceBook caught my eye. He purchased a pair of wood beam archbar trucks from Right-O’-Way and added wood brake beams. The truck is of a very old design but suprisingly lasted in service into the 1970s on cabooses. The truck was originally developed by Mike O’Connell at Chooch Enterprises. I believe the pattern was done by the late Oscar Neubert in the 1970s. Chooch sold it in a delux version which was extremely challenging to assemble and get it to track (my own experience). Jay has invested time and money in the old Chooch trucks bringing them back to life with improvements.
As you can see, the truck is a set of brass castings with Protocraft steel wheels. This is the Nova version which is very simple to assemble. The sideframe has a button cast on the back that fits in a slot in the bolster. This is similar except for the fact that the bolster is all new based upon a 3D design by Terry Van Winkle. The truck is now held in-place by two small screws that hold the cover plate to the bolster capturing the button.
David Woodhead set up a simple fixture to attach the brake beam using .020″ phos bronze wire. He soldered the wires to the coverplate and bent the wire to go around the axle. The brake beams were drilled out to accept these support wires. This is a technique that has been used by narrow gauge modelers since the early days. It is much easier than suspending the beams from the car body as on the prototype.
Here is David’s truck assembled and painted ready for operation.
The Soo caboose shows the road’s use of wood beam trucks well into the 1970s.
NEW P48 BOLSTER CONVERSION
Right-O’-Way came up with a very useful part to convert Intermountain and Athearn trucks to Proto48 using a brass bolster and wheelsets with the proper axle length. It allows you to quickly reuse your Intermountain and Athearn trucks for P48 operation.
Here is the bolster installed in an Intermountain truck along with P48 NWSL custom wheels.
Jay ordered a custom run of new wheels, axles and insulators. The latest owners are producing very finely machined products. Look at the smoothness of the wheels shown below.
The new axles were cut to fit the Intermountain sideframes.
The new bolsters sell for $8.00 per pair plus shipping. With the new wheels the package sells for $30. Right-O’-Way also has new P48 wheelsets available for $22.00 (4 axles).
Right-O’-Way will be supplying new cast frogs in O and P48 based upon 3D CAD work by Rick Leach and printed by Terry Van Winkle. Jay should be announcing the release soon.
NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
I have started to build or more properly rebuild a Lionel PS-1 boxcar. So stay tuned.