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which each chain gets glued together in two halves with 32 halves per side. The thing is, this is the key detail on this car. It’s the bit that makes the car cool, and again, they didn’t quite look like the photo. Where the kit allowed for a chunky chain on some sort of spool, my prototype had a lighter chain and lower, wider spool, so I cut 32 tiny pieces of hypodermic tubing to fit over the kit’s rods, then fabricated 32 little pieces of “chain.” I wrapped the chain around the hypodermic tub- ing and threaded everything onto the rod as it passed through the various frame members from one end of the car to the other. The chain is not actu- ally chain, but fine copper wire twist- ed loosely. It looks a little more like the chain on the prototype than the


The Detail Associates brake set (top) in- cludes fabulous cored clevises on all the levers. Note the rippled side panels (above) on GN 75733. This is an effect pro- duced with paint, but isn’t desirable. The ends (left) were flipped over from the kit’s parts. The brake platform was made from a Kadee roof walk, while the bracket was put together from styrene scraps.


finest real chain I could find. I spent a few weeks casting about


for suitable corner steps, and finally gave up and made my own. I’m sure people who regularly build this sort of car would have identified the perfect casting, but I couldn’t find it. Once I got going, they were relatively easy to do, and I made a few extra in case I lost some, or was seized by a mania for gondolas.


I did the brakes more or less exactly as suggested in the kit, not having any better information to go by. The brake


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