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David Hickox’s GN Color Guide to Freight and Passenger


Equipment.


They had similar dimensions, same number of stakes, and generally the right shape, but that’s more or less when the project fell apart. I was no longer shaking a box to get a nice model. I was inextricably en- twined in prototype modeling again. Yes, they have the right number of stakes, but they are the wrong shape, and where the castings allowed for lad- ders, the GN cars have individual grabs. The list went on. “Well,” I contemplated, “I’ll just clean up the sides a little and fix the stakes and ladders.” I fashioned a little jig to enable me to chisel off the tapered out- er faces of the stakes without marring the nice riveted flanges. While I was in there with a chisel, I took off all the ex-


In order to turn the end upside down (top), the ends of the underframe must come off. A razor saw makes quick work of it. The busy looking underframe (middle) is seen before painting. Note the scratchbuilt center sill, which replaced a damaged one from the kit. The screw holes in the bolsters are bushed with styrene and the new door mechanisms have lighter chain than provided. The chain is made from copper wire pairs twisted and wrapped around pieces of hypodermic tubing. The finished underframe (below) has the lead weight hidden above the trucks and between the center sills.


RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN


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