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Tichy Train No. 3021 18″ straight grab irons were temporarily inserted in place. The heads were removed from Detail Associates No. 6603 n.b.w’s and attached with liquid cement next to each grab iron. Two Grandt Line No. 5098 n.b.w.’s were filed flat and mount- ed on the sides. Holes were drilled at a 45-degree angle with a No. 73 drill bit to attach the A Line 29000 style A stir- rup steps. The unique coupler lift bar was formed from Detail Associates .012″ brass wire. One of several links of Detail Associates 2210 safety chain was inserted before attaching the lift bar with three Detail Associates No. 2206 eye bolts.


Styrene strips were used to cover the frame ends and were drilled for the grab irons and nut-bolt-washers. The bottom mounted truck equalizer was made with .010″ styrene that was cut and formed. After they were test fitted, they were attached with cyanoacrylate.


the ends and two 13′-0″ pieces were used between them to form a box. After tacking the truck to the frame, Kadee No. 78 assembled scale coupler boxes were mounted to styrene pads using the provided screws. Eight 6″×12″ styrene segments were added around the cou- pler box and truck to complete the frame. After filing a half ounce flat weight to clear the wheels, it was mounted between the coupler boxes.


Detailing the frame


Strips of .010″ styrene sheet were cut to cover the frame ends and then the sides. Before being attached, they were marked and drilled for the side and end grab irons and the n.b.w. place- ments over the truck. Detail Associates No. 2930 .015″×.060″ flat bar was cut and shaped to form of truck reinforce-


ment bar. Six No. 67 holes were drilled in each piece to mount Grandt Line No. 5096 nut-bolt-washers. The bottom-mounted truck equalizer


bar was formed by tack gluing two rec- tangular pieces of .010″ styrene with Tamiya liquid cement. They were then cut and shaped to form the equalizer bar which was 6″ high on the top and 8″ high on the bottom. After test fitting, they were attached to the truck with cyanoacrylate and to the frame with liquid cement. Strips of styrene were cut and attached to the top inside edge to form a flat surface for attaching the springs. The S-132 truck springs from Finishes by Bob Rzasa were attached with cyanoacrylate to 00-90 brass washers, and then installed in place with more cyanoacrylate to complete the truck.


Weight box


The sides of the weight box were cut from .040″ styrene sheet. Three rectan- gular pieces were then tack glued to form the ends and center support. A 16′-6″ radius was marked along the top and filed down. After separating the pieces, the edges of the sides were beveled to form the corners and joined. The third piece was narrowed and placed to form the center support. The sides were marked and drilled for the vertical grab irons and n.b.w.’s at- tached as they were on the frame. The doors were cut from .005″ styrene sheet, the hinges and hasp formed from 1″×3″ strips and .025" rod, and the padlock from .008″ brass wire bent around a drill bit. A Precision Scale Company Ajax brake wheel and hous- ing were attached on one end. The roof was formed from .010″ sheet styrene cut with a 3″ overhang on each side. It was marked and drilled for the 14 Bowser hand rail posts. The railing was shaped from two pieces of .010″ brass wire which were cut so they joined in the top handrail post. Two ¹/₄- ounce weights were attached to the frame deck before cementing the weight box in place. The angle iron se- curing the ends of the box were formed from 1″×3″ and 1″×4″ strip styrene and four n.b.w.’s heads were cemented across the vertical strip.


Underbody


Styrene strips and body putty were used to fill in the underbody flush with the bottom of the bolster.


The


The weight box was made from .040″ styrene with the edges beveled. The doors were formed from thin styrene with the hinges and hasp made of strip styrene with brass rod for the lock. Bowser hand rail posts and brass wire were used for the top handrails.


RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN


airline was formed from .025″ brass wire. Unions were then cut from brass tubing and used to connect the wire to plastic air hose fittings left over from car kits. Brake shoes from a Central Valley End Beam & Brake Shoe kit were attached to the ends of .032″ brass wire 5′-4¹/₂″ long. This was at- tached using cyanoacrylate to a 4′-6″ length of No. 291 styrene angle. Two pieces of Detail Associates No. 2524


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