Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Finding Kitbashing Opportunities in Freight Cars (beta release)

I presented the linked clinic at the RPM-East meet in Greensburgh, Pennsylvania, 24-25 March 2017. It is a first draft of what will be an evolving clinic over the coming year, with updated presentations at Enfield, CT (New England/Northeast RPM, 02-03 June 2017), Collinsville, IL (St. Louis RPM, 23-24 June 2017), Lisle, IL (Chicagoland RPM, 26-28 October 2017), and Cocoa Beach, FL (Prototype Rails, January 2018).

For those who saw the clinic at RPM-East, I made a couple edits to the file, although the only one you might notice is that the CNW PS-1 auto car is a more complicated beast than I initially thought. It was a taller car than standard, at an inside height of 10'8". This manifests itself in a few ways, with the biggest being the doors were one "rib" taller than the doors offered in styrene. I have already begun the work of cutting and splicing Branchline doors for the project. They'll be duped and will be available as resin parts this year. I also have ordered photos from the Haskell & Barker Collection at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) that illustrate the interior of the car prior to the addition of the floor boards, providing some good data points about the arrangement of the underframe, as drawings were not available from the Pullman Library at the Illinois Railway Museum.

The direction of the clinic will evolve over the year also, as I act on these projects and actually build the models that I have only hinted at in many cases. The amended file will be updated here as it is presented according to the schedule noted above. A number of these projects will be profiled as full-blown articles in Prototype Railroad Modeling, as I plan at least two volumes of the journal this year.

Without further ado, here is the link to the file:

Speedwitch Files