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    • July 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT
    • Ted Brito said:

      I’ll spray it with satin spar varnish after anyway to help with the UV and seal it better.

      I think you will find that spar varnish will not hold up that well outside, I'd use a good exterior paint of a high quality, why not protect what you have built with quality materials.



    • July 12, 2020 11:22 PM EDT
    • Glad you found them.  Each time I have been there the interior was off-limits. I think I missed the Fall Festival that they did interior tours.

    • July 12, 2020 10:52 PM EDT
    • I went on Cama’s website and saw the restoration thread of 111. I think there’s enough there for me to make an interior.

    • July 12, 2020 8:38 PM EDT
    • Jon, do you have pictures of the inside?

    • July 11, 2020 8:35 PM EDT
    • I’ll spray it with satin spar varnish after anyway to help with the UV and seal it better.

    • July 11, 2020 3:44 PM EDT
    • Ted Brito said:

      That’s great, than for the picture. Now I know how to paint it up. It actually looks like gloss red almost.

      Might be a satin.  I have no idea if this is an accurate color, or what they liked at CAMA.  This caboose is kinda like Grandfather's Axe. I'm not sure how much they actually salvaged from the original.  I know the cupola and entire frame where complete re-builds. Somewhere I have pictures early on in the process.

    • July 11, 2020 3:37 PM EDT
    • Ted Brito said:

      That’s great, than for the picture. Now I know how to paint it up. It actually looks like gloss red almost.

      I think the gloss wouldn't last long out in the real world.

      Nice model, Ted. I just received a couple of NENG kits made by Ted Stinson after he drew the plans for GR. I don't think he ever made a kit for that caboose.

    • July 11, 2020 3:28 PM EDT
    • That’s great, than for the picture. Now I know how to paint it up. It actually looks like gloss red almost.

    • July 11, 2020 3:12 PM EDT
    • Looking Good. The restored original lives near me in Kent, Connecticut at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association. It still sits on Shop trucks as they look for something suitable....

    • July 11, 2020 2:27 PM EDT
    • Always nice to see modelers building, it's just the best part of the hobby for me, great job.


    • July 11, 2020 1:48 PM EDT
    • From my gondola and flat car building project, I had one more frame and deck made up so I decided to make up a caboose to go with the flat cars. I found a set of Ted Stinson drawings and started building it up. I have an extreme amount of balsa wood from my RC plane hobby as through the years as older enthusiasts have passed, ive ended up with their balsa collections. I easily have over $2000 in balsa if you went to purchase it new today and it’s probably more like $3-5000 retail so I am trying to use it to build things for the RR and this particular set of plans calls for the primary wood as balsa. Along with all the balsa I’ve collected, there’s been plenty of other dimensional woods like bass, popular, teak, and cedar as some guys also built model boats. In one box, there were lots of hard wood strips for planking and scribed wood for decking so while it’s not quite as wide as called for, I used the decking for the outside walls of the caboose. This is how much I’ve gotten done so far and will be making up the railings and ladders out of soldered brass. I also intend to have the side door slide in brass 3/16” channel imbedded into the deck and fastened inside the top edge of the door opening. I realize that the truss rod layout isn’t the same but that’s ok.  More to come.

    • July 12, 2020 11:53 AM EDT
    • Back in the day, say 20-25 years ago there was a local guy (DFW area) that did beautiful metal trucks and under carriage parts in G Scale. I thought he manufactured them under the name, Shortline Foundry, but I could not fine anything on this, his product was just what you have, in other words it was all NG and rolling stock of your type of cars. If I remember he could have had some kits, but mainly he just sold the parts to build the cars, you cut your wood, etc. His product would have sold much better today as G Scale was just not that popular at the time for scale modelers and there was no such thing as Fn3. I do remember purchasing a few detail parts from him back then and him telling me that due to lack of sales he would be shutting down production, I don't know if someone else purchase his molds and it is done under another name. Trackside Detail has a lot of parts, the owner does do all the casting and is a very nice person to talk with, my orders were all processed quickly,



    • July 11, 2020 8:41 PM EDT
    • Great. Thanks for that info. I’ve seen that flat with the logging winch but never noticed the similarities. The caboose is definitely lionel as it says it on the bottom of the floor.

    • July 11, 2020 3:38 PM EDT
    • Not absolutely sure, but several of those cars resemble the 20 foot cars Bachmann touted as 1:20.3 a bit over ten years ago.  They had a shorter archbar truck with the smaller diameter wheels.  I'm pretty sure there was a flat car, a box car, and a low side gondola.  Other types could have been bashed from those original three offerings.


      Going waaaaaaaay out here, and don't think this is likely.  BUT Lionel LS had Carter Brothers flat cars back in the day.  I bashed a couple of them into supply gondolas, and they turned out pretty nice.  Still really not sure there is any Lionel LS in the lineage of the cars in question. 



      Regards, David Meashey

    • July 11, 2020 3:25 PM EDT
    • Went downstairs and took one of the trucks off the bolster.on the bolster is “Bachmann, made in China. Trucks are all one piece molded and the sides don’t flex much for wheel removal so that probably explains the notches. The caboose is a Lionel as I found that on the bottom but it too also has some nice detailing which surprised me for Lionel. The brake lines, tank, and brake wheel shaft are all brass painted of course. These cars are too detailed for the average Bachmann so I’m curious if there was a higher end car like spectrum as you suggested. I really like the look of them and the caboose too. Should look good going back and forth to the logging camp rotating on the loop with my shay and log cars.

    • July 11, 2020 3:08 PM EDT
    • The frames are all one piece molded plastic with wood grain even underneath. All the trucks are plastic with the grooves cut as you see except the caboose which are altogether different. All the detail parts are also plastic so that rules out Ozark white metal castings (not sure on the brake can). I might try and disassemble one to see if I can find any printing. There no typical “made in China “ that I can find as of yet. I’m curious because I’ve not seen plastic cars with this much molded in detail. I realize the work car has been bashed and the dog house scratch built but the flat car itself matches the other exactly. The tools on the work car seem to be what car originally with the climax and all appear to be Bachmann accessories. The caboose has a large side door that opens also and I’ll get a picture of that as it might help identify the maker.

    • July 11, 2020 2:45 PM EDT
    • In the second pic, the frame looks like it was milled from one piece.

      I'm thinking home brewed with Ozark or another's details such as trucks and wheels, tanks and such. Notching the lower arch bar to access the wheels, seems truly a home solution.

    • July 11, 2020 1:41 PM EDT
    • They might be bashes.  The truck mounting looks like Bachmann Spectrum, but the cars don't.

    • July 11, 2020 3:59 PM EDT
    • Almost done. Just had the windows to clean - see page 1 for the saga of the experiments. This time I resolved to follow the directions on the can of Poly S Decal Remover. They tell you to apply liberally, wait until the paint crinkles as it looses its grip on the surface, and then brush it off.  Works like a charm.



      The nylon brush I found in my tool box. In this next pic, I have wiped the 3 cleared windows with a paper towel to confirm the PollyS hadn't damaged them. After brushing the white paint off all the windows, I dropped it in the soapy water in the sink.



      All told, it took about 30 minutes.  So, time to start painting and get this coach done!