One of the beautiful things about the times in which we live is the speed at which information can be shared.
Earlier today, I blogged about the NYC 86′ auto parts boxcar that I’m building. Yesterday, I posted on the PCModeler yahoo group about the fact that there are no commercially available decals for this car. A discussion ensued, and within a day, the various resourceful people on that group suggested that this represents a void in the market that someone might benefit from filling. Scott Pandorf (whom I’ve never met) posted on that group indicating that Hubert Mask of Mask Island Decals has expressed interest in producing these decals.
That was fast!
So, now Hubert needs lettering diagrams and/or quality photos of NYC 86′ boxcars.
I sent Hubert an email this evening, and he made a point of assuring me that the information he gets is used only for the purposes of creating decals. I’m going to dig through my slides, but I doubt that I have any such photos in my collection. The readers of this blog have proven to be very resourceful in the past, so if you or anyone you know has photos or diagrams that could help with this project, please contact Hubert Mask directly at MaskIsland@hotmail.com
Over the past week, I’ve made some progress on a number of projects that I currently have on the go. My NYC 86′ auto parts boxcar is a step closer to completion.
I don’t have studio lights, so I posed the model in the afternoon sunbeam shining into my livingroom. Don’t be fooled though, it’s -11 degrees Celcius outside.
Since my last post on this car, I’ve come up with a number for the car (NYC 67208) that falls within a block of cars that were equipped with Hydra Cushion draft gear. Here’s an outline of the work that was required to bring this $5 model up to its current condition:
carved off all of the molded-on details, which included reshaping the ribs in the ends
weighted the car to NMRA specifications
reconfigured the floor/frame/coupler mounting system
body-mounted Kadee couplers in Cal-Scale cushion draft gear
reshaped the body bolster
installed Kadee trucks
added Hydra-Cushion detail parts underneath (only what can be seen when the car is sitting on the rails)
reshaped the top and bottom side sill beams at either end of the car to more closely represent a Greenville car (see my previous post on this car for more details on this)
added grabs on sides and ends
added crossover platforms to each end (cut from Plano roofwalk etchings)
added brake details to b-end.
repainted the entire car with Polly Scale NYC Jade (Century) Green
Still to do: paint the trucks, couplers, draft gear, and the whole underbody in a grime/rust combination, shoot some gloss coat on the car and then decal-bash the lettering from a number of different Microscale sets. Of course, it will have to be weathered like a ten year-old car to be appropriate for my layout. I’ll post again when there’s more to report.
Here’s a shot of the A-end of the car, just to be thorough.