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BUILDING: LaBelle Box Car
JPTRR
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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 10:53 AM UTC
Ferroequineologists,

I am building the HO mixed-media (mainly wood) kit of an HO box car. It has been reviewed here: Box Car Craftsman Kit

Come along and watch!









First, the underbody and frame.









Most of the wood pieces are attached to each other with remaining Uhu brand glue left over from building the NOCH Victoria mine kits. Superglue (CA) works well to hold things to the wood although it takes a minute or so before the wood absorbs enough glue for the rest to set. I attached the two cast metal 4-truss queenposts to the underbody with CA.

The 'string' you see is the nylon cord used to simulate the truss rods. It is held in place with CA. Plastic turnbuckles will be attached over these later.

The instruction sheet features a basic diagram of the KC air brake system piping and rod configuration. Study it well before trying to attach it! The plastic parts are very detailed and what little flash they have is almost imperceptible. Again, these were attached with CA. You may note the bronze grab irons over the brake levers. I did this so that the levers would not have to rest on the underframe. Finally, I started to attach the air lines. I decided not to super-detail the kit with after-market pipe fittings. If you are interested, here's a link to a PDF of Cal-Scale freight car parts, the first 3 being air brake sets and components: http://modelrailroader.net/pdf/cal_scale_frt_cars.pdf

Check back again for more installments!
Illini
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 12:45 PM UTC
I'd suggest applying sanding sealer to that "fuzzy" base. That should lock all that loose stuff and allow it to be sanded to a crisp finish. It will also keep the CA from sinking in, allowing a lot less to be used.

Looking forward to the rest of the build. I'm considering getting back in to MRR after a 50 year break. I used to love building this kind of kit, and buildings for my basement HO layout.

No basements in CA though.

Are kits like this available in "braille scale"? I guess that's N?
JPTRR
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 07:48 AM UTC

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I'd suggest applying sanding sealer to that "fuzzy" base. That should lock all that loose stuff and allow it to be sanded to a crisp finish. It will also keep the CA from sinking in, allowing a lot less to be used.



Thanks Dave. Good tip!

I don't know if they are available in N. I'll check.
JPTRR
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 07:48 AM UTC
Me again! I received a new underbody and resumed the build. Enjoy!

Matching underbody components to the schematic


Brake detailing


Securing end blocks




Lining everything up


Underside complete (almost!)


Roofing the 'house car'


Cutting the end letter board


Making the lower corners fit nicely


Ensuring a flat tight bond for the side paneling




Trimming excess siding


Wittling away for the door track


Test fitting roofing paneles


Almost ready for hardware
Illini
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 01:45 PM UTC
I just purchased a couple of their kits to get back into it, and I have a couple of questions.

What is a good source for the trucks and couplers that they don't supply also maybe decals and such.

I also need references for what's correct.

Speaking of references, they don't supply the layout for the under carriage bits. Do you have a plan you're following?

Thanks for any help, Dave

I do reviews over on Armorama, would you like reviews of these for here? I'm also thinking of getting a building kit or two from Noch.
JPTRR
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 03:20 PM UTC
Hi Dave,

Yes, reviews will be greatly appreciated!

LaBelle really strives for customer service. Call them and ask for Rick -- great guy. Very helpful. Until you contact him:

A good source for the trucks and couplers is LaBelle's own site; they sell Kaydee products. Or Kadee or Walthers direct, or your LHS. Depending on your tastes and expected model train running, Kadee metal couplers are what most model RRers consider the standard. Some I know like McHenry and Accumate, yet tell me that long trains will sometimes pull them apart. I run ops on a couple big layouts occassionally, pulling 30+ cars behind 2-3 locos; the layout owners use Kadee only! I like the way McHenrys look and will probably never have a train so long as to test that.

LaBelle includes decals. Otherwise, it would depend on what you want to model. MicroScale still has a lot of decals. There's another, Oddball Decals http://mopac1.tripod.com/oddballs.htm Thet work great!


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I also need references for what's correct.


I really like Rensselaer Railroad Heritage Website. Written by a guy who's been around and built many models. However, full access is a $5/month charge.


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Speaking of references, they don't supply the layout for the under carriage bits. Do you have a plan you're following?


If you want some outstanding how-to references, look here:
Scratchbuilding Trussrod Cars
Building Trussrod Cars


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I'm also thinking of getting a building kit or two from Noch.

I have been very impressed with the mine I built and featured here. I have Tannau station waiting for some other projects to finish up. They've been very satisfying and fun!
JPTRR
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 03:01 PM UTC
Hi Everyone,

Well, the carpenter's strike ended and progress resumes on the box car! I trimmed the roof panel overhangs.

Tricky. Use the sharpest blade you can. The milling of the roof is so fine that some slats came off. Well, it just looks like some rot damage - more realistic weathering!



I must admit I am enjoying this model! Soon I plan to start the LaBelle tank car. More soon!:-H