NEW PRODUCTS: New Kit Producer in 1/48

Yarmouth Model Works has launched a new kit in 1/4″ scale.  They have released a urethane kit for a Pennsylvania Railroad X31f automobile car.   The prototype is a 40′ double door car modified by the railroad to raise the roof allowing cars or Jeeps to be stacked at an angle.

The kit is composed of an one piece body casting, with the iconic roof having been rendered in 3D.  You willl find laser-cut running boards, etched ladders along sill steps and other key details.  The brake equipment is from San Juan Model Company (former San Juan Car Comany) injection molded plastic.
Custom decals were produced by National Scale Car for this project.   National is now the producer of Speedwitch HO decal line.  The decals appear to be nicely done.

The link below will take you to the Yarmouth website.

http://www.yarmouthmodelworks.com/index.php/OScaleKits/Index

Future kits are possible if Yarmouth is successful with this launch.

The kit retails for $165.00 plus postage
Currently there are only 46 kits available

 

After a long delay, the Protocraft 50′ automobile cars are starting to arrive from Boo Rim.  COVID-induced labor shortages and shipping capacity has been frustrated Protocraft and their customers.  The model shown about is a Denver& Rio Grande Western composite 50′ car based upon an ARA design.  Like all of Protocraft’s products a great deal of research and effort has gone into producing an accurate rendering the prototype.

Till next time,

Gene

NEW STUFF: New Tool for my Bench and a Signal Bungalow is

Ross Dando showed me a picture of a tool maker vise that looked really useful.   I did a little searching and found the vise available from several sources such as Amazon.   They range from two inches up to six inches.  I purchased a  two inch remanufactured vise from Amazon.   The tool maker vise is different compared to my old Unimat vise.

The topside looks similar to a conventional vise.  The allen wrench tightens  the jaws over a limited range.  There is a mechanism on the underside that allows you to make large changes in jaw location.  A toggle engages a series of notches that the right jaw is moved to the closest notch.  You can tighten the jaws with great precision and power.  It is easy to flatten brass wire or hold a part firmly for fabrication work.

This vise a useful tool.  I really like it.  Thank you Ross.

Here is my old and trusty Unimat vise.  I purchased  an Unimat lathe in 1968 which came with this old vise.  Time to retire this old friend.

The Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA) commissioned a small company to produce a nifty signal bungalow that appeared along the railroad lines.  The prototype is based upon a General Railway Signal design that held relays and other electrical devices to support the railroad’s signal system.   The NPRHA developed the structure in HO and O (1/48).

  The picture shows the components that create the bungalow.  All are resin cast from 3D printed designs.  The building consist of a one-piece body, roof, concrete footings and two vents.  I just received the little kit and haven’t had a chance to finish it.  The picture below shows the bungalow near the baggage car.

They will be available shortly throught the society’s website. The expected price will be $22 for a pair of these nifty buildings.   I will let you know when they are available.  General Railway Signal products were used by a number of major railroads so the bungalow has many applications.

 

Thats all for this post.

Gene

 

NEW PRODUCTS: A Few New Things

Summer 2021 is the beginning to return to normalicy.   One sign was the O Scale National Convention that was held in Denver this past week.  An interesting note is that the San Juan standard gauge styrene boxcars are coming back to the market after a long time.

Right O’Way has developed a new joiner bars that are easier to use than the older style joiners which were cast as a pair with a spacer.  I have never liked this style but used them on my layouts.

The joiners are soldered to the rail for one side of the joint.  The new bars seem to fit the rail better.

The mating rail slides into the soldered joiners.

Jay Criswell is in the process of adding this new piece of jewelry to his website.

Here is an useful product for preserving CA and the container.  The caps are actually made from the silicon and used for powder coating metail. The silicon material will not stick or bond to CA.  It is perfect for use as a cap for the CA containers.  I have been using the caps for a while and they seal the spout tightly and keep it from hardening.  James Booth provided me the information on these silicon caps.  James suggested buying them on Amazon.  I did buy them on Amazon and were less than $8 for a lifetime supply.

Ammo has released a new range of colors in acrylic.  The Dry Brush paint is a thick and smooth finish.  I tried a sample application on a piece stripwood.  Dry brushing works best with a short and stiff bristle brush.  LIghtly dip the brush in the paint and wipe off excess on a paper towel.   Brush lightly onto the surface.  The effect is interesting but I must admit that more work is needed on my part.  You can find the paint in dealers who cater the armor and airplane modelers.

Protocraft is expecting to receive the first shipment of their new 50′ automobile boxcars.  There were some quality problems on the initial samples.  Norm Buckhart returned them for correcting problems.  Anyone who is familiar with the brass importing game, will understand that it is a normal process.  Currently the production models are on their way to the US.  Norm kept a few of the models and had them finished.  The C&O car is shown on Norm’s railroad.

Hope that information is useful to followers of this blog.

Gene

NEW PRODUCTS: Resin Boxcar and 3D Printed Details

A surprise from a tradition HO producer of quality resin kits.   Yarmouth Model Works has posted a picture of a new project in 1/48.  It is a Pennsylvania X31f automobile car.  In the early 1940s the railroad rebuilt older X31a boxcars into a group of 690 automobile carriers (81200-81889).  The turtleback raised roof section allowed for the use of auto racks to increase the number of autos carried.   I have read that this group was also used to carry Jeep vehicles during WWII.

The model was developed using 3D design tools and printed on a high end machine.  I suspect the production cars will be resin cast. It will likely available with detail hardware such as ladders, brake equipment, sill steps running boards and an AB brake system.

The above prototype picture shows chain tubes  extending below the underframe.  The cars were equipped with a 2D-F12 truck like the one Protocraft has imported.   The photo shows the National B-1 used on these cars.  Protocraft imported these as well.

The prototype cars lasted for a long time with 680 still on the roster in 1963 and a significant drop in 1968 to 12.    The posting mention that the kit is targeted for fall release.

NEW 3D PARTS PROPOSED BY SMMW

Smoky Mountain Model Works has proposed a series of 3D printed details in 1/48.  Jim King circulated a list of possible details ranging from AB brake sets, new hand brake systems, ladders, and a bunch of other parts.  SMMW is using a new printing resin in their Form3 SLA machine that produces parts that are much more durable than tradition printed resins.

Here is an extract from an email sent by Smoky Mountain Model Works:

Below is a list of items I’m considering adding to my O scale freight car details line.  If you want something specific, just email me off-list with your suggestions and I’ll add them to the list.  No guarantee it/they will be made because market demand and available info (drawings/photos) drive new products.  All of these will start out as S scale items, then be upscaled and tweaked for O.

Keep in mind that these are highly detailed, printed parts in clear resin.  Detail is equal to injection molded parts but the material is more brittle so applications need to be scrutinized.  These are not “miracle” parts that survive rough handling.  The trade-off to availability of parts that otherwise would not be produced is greater brittleness which should not be an issue for most modelers.  Many suppliers have retired or the companies sold over the past decade, making their parts increasingly difficult to find and pricey if found.  3D printing addresses this and allows for new designs that cannot be justified using traditional manufacturing methods.

The ladder shown above is for S scale.  Jim has proposed a ladder design with .016″ rungs and .021″ wide stiles.  That would make them very close to scale.  Part of the discussion has been about making replacement parts for the old Intermountain freight ladders and bracketed grab irons.

Stirrup steps will not be produced … they are FAR too brittle to survive.  Flat wire, injection molded parts and brass castings are still the best options.

These brake wheel/housing designs come from the 1953 and 1961 CBCs; the Universal dates to 1940s AAR flat cars:

Superior brake wheel/housing

Ajax AB brake wheel/housing

Champion/Peacock brake wheel/housing

Klasing brake wheel/housing

Universal brake wheel + ratchet mechanism for flat cars

AB “complete” brake set (Apex platform, reservoir, cylinder, triple valve, at least 3 lengths of levers, phosphor bronze wire, chain, clevises, retainer valve, bell crank).  Everything you need to detail 1 car, regardless of car’s length.

Apex brake platform (grid) with angular supports (sold separately from AB set)

Retainer valve (sold separately from AB set)

Bell crank (set of 10 or so; sold separately from AB set)

“Grid pattern” roofwalks/end platforms (Ajax and Morton are main ones) for 40’ and 50’ cars

Draft gear (coupler) box and lid with screws to fit Kadee 740 (no drilling of box required)

Boxcar doors (not sure of designs yet … tell me what you want)

This is an exciting development which can add a range of details to our scale.   This is an important development since the previous line of Chooch Ultra Scale II plastic is not on the market with uncertainty on its return.  The former San Juan standard gauge parts are also currently unavailable so their AB brake system leaves a huge hole in model building.   The parts are critical for kit makers too.   The lack of details may cause kit makers to think twice about offering anything new.

RIGHT O’WAY

Jay Criswell is developing a new version of joiner bars that may be more appealing to many.  A nickel silver that can be soldered directly to the rail to capture the adjacent rail.

You only need to solder the joint bars to one side of the connection.  This will allow expansion and contraction of rail on your layout.   Jay will be offering the castings in Code 148, Code 125 and smaller rail heights.

The new parts should be available shortly.  Contact Jay for availability and pricing.

I have some new material from Lee Turner.  I thought I would share a view.   More material will be posted shortly.

Thank you for taking a look.

Gene

NEW PRODUCTS: Urethane Kits in 1/48

 A new offering from Southern Car & Foundry.
Jon Cagle has released his latest kit for the American Railway Association Standard Boxcar of 1932.   These cars were built in large numbers and owned by a large variety of railroads.  It seems that each railroad opted for different appliances like door designs, hand brake types, roof and even ends. This particular version has Square Corner 4/4 Dreadnaught Ends and a Murphy Panel Roof.  Road names associated with this version are the MP, MEC, Clinchfield, Central of Georgia, Western Maryland ( one lot was built with square corner ends ), and the Union Pacific, which had 1.
The kit comprises  the typical components you expect from SC&F;  one piece body/roof combination and one piece floor castings. Etched ladder stiles, stirrup steps, etc., laser cut templates and jigs, laser cut running boards, and the usual injection plastic brake and door hardware from Ultra Scale and San Juan Car Co.  Seven pages of written instructions with over 40 images of the  kit build are also included.
Price of this new kit is $165.00 plus 13.50 shipping, lower US 48.  Southern Car & Foundry will ship world wide as well, contact them for details.  Jon will be updating the website this coming week, but if you want to place an order asap, you can contact Jon thru jscagle@msn.com  and we can arrange an electronic invoice as well.
Decals are available from Protocraft  
Jon has a couple new kits in the works that will  be announced when they are available for sale.
PACIFIC NORTWEST MINIATURES
Pacific Northwest Miniatures is a new supplier of high quality printed resin parts and kits in 1/48.  They have a wonderful selection of Model T Ford parts and a wide range of details for doing interiors of building.   I have borrowed several pictures from their website to illustrate the range of products being offered.
The Model T chassis is very complete.  They sell a fixture to hold parts in-place during assembly.  That is a fantastic idea to help models.  The vehicles come with headlight that are hollow so they can be illuminated with LEDs is so choose.
Here are some of their neat details to complete a scene or building interior.
You can review their product line by clicking on the link below.
Hope that the information is useful.
Gene

NEW PRODUCTS: New Hand Brake Sets and Switch Kits

 

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MODEL WORKS PRINTED DETAILS

You probably noticed that detail parts are sometimes harder to find these days.  Changes in ownership and other circumstances have contributed to this scarcity.  Jim King, owner of Smoky Mountain Model Works has decided to take a new approach to the traditional methods for manufacturing detail parts.  Manufacturers have been using white metal, plastic, brass and even resin to make the parts.  Their methods are expensive to tool and produce quantities.  Jim King’s approach is  to use 3D design and a high resolution Form3 SLA printer to make production parts.  His first releases are three different hand brake sets for house cars (box, stock and reefers)  Jim is a first rate designer and has produced some very nice kits in S and O using a combination of printed parts that were molded in resin.  For detail parts he has decided to go straight to a clear printed resin.

Here photos of two of the three sets.

As you can see the quality is equal to injection molded styrene parts.  The price for each of the hand brake package is $15 which includes three complete hand brake sets.

You will be amazed at the number of models out there with the wrong hand brake.  Spend some time researching your equipment and you will see the need is there to improve the accuracy of your models.

RIGHT O’WAY SWITCH KITS COMING

Jau Criswell is going to try out a new kit to build switches intially in P48 and hopefully in O Standard.  The concept is to offer various options for the kit ranging from the assembled rail with lost wax frogs, points and guardrails to a “Full Monty” with tie plates, pre-cut ties and neat plexiglass jig to hold the ties in-place while spiking the rail.  Development is still going on so the options are still fluid.  Once the kit is ready for prime time it will be announced on social media and other outlets.

This likely to be the configuration of the “delux”  version of the Right O’Way #6 switch kit

This is a very useful product for those who are building layouts and need P48 switches.

Gene

NEW PRODUCTS: ‘This the Season for Modeling

It is the end of October and modeling building may be on your horizon.  I have a few new items to temp you with.  We only have a few suppliers in our scale these days so we need to support them by purchasing their wares.

 

GLACIER PARK MODELS

Glacier Park offers a few really nice kits for 1/4″ scale modelers.  Their original Southern Pacific G-50-23 composite gondola has been joined by two new adaptations.  The first is the G-50-22 all steel gondola and the G-50-23 extended height G-50-23 gondola.   All three kits offer an entertaining build that will result in an exquisite scale model of real prototype cars.

G-50-23

EXTENDED HEIGHT G-50-23

G-50-22

The much needed all-steel drop bottom gondola kit is now available.

This version is equipped with the Miner hand brake system.  The other cars come with the Klasing style hand brake.  This version of the kit is similar to many modern general service cars used by other railroads.

 

The price for the kits is $99.95 each and $14.95 shipping. An optional precision cut lead weight set is $9.95.  The weight is designed to fit in the centersill.  Trucks, couplers and decals are not included but can be purchased from Protocraft.

Glacier Park can be contacted via email rocky@glacierparkmodels.com

TWIN STAR CARS

Ross Dando has a few more of his exquisite flat car kits available.  Don’t delay as they will go quickly.

This is a superb kit with an incredible amount of detail top and bottom.  Hope that Ross does another kit one day.

SOUTHERN CAR & FOUNDRY

Jon Cagle has recently moved into his new building in Sanford, FL.  His building provides space for Jon’s business and several leased spaces.  He is in the process of getting back into the Southern Car & Foundry resin car kit business.  Jon has been casting for a number of suppliers in the hobby for their kit line.    His first offereing is an absolutely super kit for a 1932 ARA boxcar just about ready for release.  It will feature a one-piece body with a seperate floor.  High quality resin, etched metail parts, wood running boards and the usual details needed to outfit the brake system and such.

The kit isn’t quite ready so don’t start bugging Jon quite yet.  He (we) will announce when it will be available to order.

Well as Bugs Bunny once said:

Gene

 

NEW PRODUCTS: New Kits

Modern O Scale has released their Thrall gondola kit.   It is a 52′ model which features a single piece body and a mix of plastic, urethane and brass parts to detail the body casting.   A custom sprue of ABS parts were made for this kit.    Like all of the Modern O Scale kits, trucks, couplers and decals are separate.  This is an excellent first kit the get your feet wet with building an urethane model.   The price is $160 plus shipping.  A second batch is already in the works based upon the customer response.  Use the link above to obtain ordering information and availability.

 

Glacier Park Models has both the all-steel G-50-22 and the sugar beet version of the original Southern Pacific G-50-23.   The kits are injection molded ABS and do require some patience in the assembly process.

Southern Pacific G-50-22 Gondola kit retails for $99.95 plus shipping.

 

The G-50-23 gondola with side extensions for hauling sugar beets retails for $135.00 plus shipping.

Twin Star Cars released a Rock Island flat car kit for a rebuilt 53-foot car. Ross Dando is the owner of Twin Star and pattern maker for this exquisite kit.

Robert Leners tried his hand at building the kit version and scratch building the original design which was 47′.

EYE CANDY by Erik Lingren

The master artist, photographer and modeler strikes again.  This time he has taken a Protocraft 1937 AAR boxcar and finished it with paint and Protocraft decals.  The model is interesting that it was built with a Duryea underframe which Protocraft did a great job on.

Eruk makes excellent use of the Colorado sky and small diorama to captue these realistic photos.   I “borrowed” the pictures from FaceBook.

Thanks for taking a look at this posting.  Hope you enjoy with has been presented.

Gene

NEW PRODUCTS: Fifty Foot Boxcars from Protocraft

 

Protocraft is working on a new release of brass freight built by Boo Rim. I have included a message that Norm posted a while back. The project is will cover a number of important prototypes.

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From Norm Buckhart, Protocraft:

The 50’ automobile/50’ express boxcars from Protocraft have been listed a bit prematurely. I had asked the webmaster to hold these until the end of January, but they went up anyway.  The necessary pilot models are being shipped for my inspection and hopefully will have few corrections, as the builder package picked up here by Boo Rim was very comprehensive: real builder plans and hundreds of 8×10 photos plus 200 pages of instructions.  If this proves to be the case I can give the go-ahead for production.  Then if all this goes according to plan, the actual models may be in stock by April or May or June.  There is no invoice yet so I can’t comment on the list price.  However with the economy and cost of Korean goods increasing year to year these models will be in the $350+ range, and a Protocraft we cut it very fine indeed.  However with Boo Rim’s fine and detailed, accurate model building, these will once again be exceptional brass models.  And I am almost sure will never be done again.
NOTE: This is a pilot model of the Rio Grande Double Sheathed Automobile Car.  The heavy wire you see on the hand brake system is going to be changed to a smalled diameter wire. 
This has been a two year undertaking.  It is a project of 24 different models of 50’ freight cars undertaken, because, with the exception of PCS’s two or three single-sheathed SP automobile/furniture cars, there has not been any brass models of the 50’ auto car, let alone an accurate one.  PCS did bring out a rather generic version years ago but not that great a model nor does it seem to have any specific prototype, although what was close to it in real life was a car having a 10’-6” inside height and PCS’s is 6” too short – so didn’t exist in the first place.  The model sold well, as it was about the only brass 50’ O scale autocar out there, and can be found on many O scale layouts – and at the time built with craftsmanship that is now 30 years old, and of course no end doors, a familiar item on automobile cars.
Many of the prototype cars were built with end doors.  After much discussion with Boo Rim it was decided to have the models with non-operating end doors.  As it was explained to me, to operate, hinges would have to be oversize for strength with oversize hinge pins, and the tall vertical locking bar would be subject to loose operation and probably scratching paint and lettering.  A one piece non-operating end door would then have the high detail it deserves.  In this project here are 3 different end doors.
In selecting these 24 different models, I have tried to find interesting and different prototypes to put in the project, even some perhaps a bit obscure, but never the less, interesting, and usually with some great lettering variations – many for the same car but different throughout the car’s life.  Santa Fe was the most difficult, the Fe-24 having displayed 17 different lettering schemes.  In all this project will feature over 60 different decal sets.  Many of the prototype cars selected represented the various road’s first investment in an all-steel automobile/furniture car, such as ERIE and C&O in the 1930’s.  Yet these cars survived in revenue service into the late 1950’s, going from first Furniture to Automobiles, to Autoparts, and finally into general freight service.  The modeler can choose 3 different eras of modeling with most of these cars and respective lettering sets.  And remember, even obscure cars could be found at one end of the Country to the other from time to time, and would fit in any consist.
Besides 3 different end doors, following the prototype, the models are built with Viking roofs, Climax-Cleveland Radial roof, Murphy Raised panels roofs, Pullman patented flat panel roofs, double-edged roofs for the NYC; 6 different ends, both square corner and the newer round (W) corner ends, specific underframes, and almost each side are unique according to rivets and panel widths and sill tabs, with WABASH side sills going the entire length of the car. Many have auto tie-down chain storage pipes beneath the floor and roping staples. Running boards are wood, Apex Tri-Lok and Morton. Brake assemblies from tall staff hand brakes, end-mounted Ajax, Klasing, Miner, Equipco, Universal and Champion.  Throughout the project, over 350 different parts make up the construction of these models.
Here we are doing our best to build fantastic models with a great selection.
More to come.  Norm Buckhart
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This project promises to be a significant offering of much needed models.
Gene

NEW PRODUCTS: Two Interesting Products

From time to time I try to show a few new materials and tools on my blog.  The items shown below are new to me even if they have been around for a while.

First up is a new flush cutter that works for brass or phos bronze small gauge wire and plastic sprues.  The tool is being offered by P-B-L and is identified as P-B-L-843ex.  The tool is Swiss made and modified at P-B-L.  The tool is expensive at $44.95 but really is  beautifully crafted with comfortable padded handles.  I tried it out on a few tasks and found that it cut wire smoothly with a lot of control.  I recommend you try this wonderful cutter.

 

The tool can be purchased direct from P-B-L at their online catalog.

 

 

 

 

The next item is an acrylic paste made by Ammo MIG.  It is intended to simulate concrete for various projects on your layout.

I purchased a container on eBay from Burbank Hobbies.  The product is a thick liquid with the consistency of thick pancake syrup.  I tried it out on a mockup of a concrete wall section.  The material was applied with a wide brush follwed with a metal rod that allowed me to level the surface.  The Ammo MIG concrete dries fairly quickly in an hour or so.  The texture turned out the somewhat coarse but it might be a good material to create a stucco surface.  I like the texture for this application.  I tried to to float a thin coat of the material on the surface.  It did fill in some of the irregularities from the original application.

I will try sanding the material to see what happens.  Being an acrylic material, it can be tinted with an acrylic paint to create the look of older concrete.  I will continue to play around with this product to what can be done.  The large container sells for $12.95 plus shipping.  There are a number of online sources for AMMO Mig products.

That’s all for now.

Gene