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GATX Type 30 Special Edition Kit Announcement

Resin Cars Works is pleased to announce the release of our seventh kit; GATX Type 30 Class 103/203 tank cars! These are Special Edition releases with production limited to a few dozen kits.

This kit is different from previously released Resin Car Works GATX tank cars as it lacks all the small typical parts like brake components, grabs and wire. Please note there are rumors of a plastic version of this car is in the works. We have no knowledge as to when the plastic product will be released. We’ve been messing with this GATX tank car kit for years and have accumulated enough casting sets for this Special Edition. Two paint and lettering schemes are available.

The kit consists of two-piece resin tank casting, one piece frame casting, and resin detail sheet. Also included are decals, Precision Scale Company brass handrail stanchions, pipe “T” and air hoses, Elgin Car Works etched tank bands and GATX tank car stirrups, and Plano Models etched tank car placard boards. The kit lacks all the small typical parts like brake components, grabs and wire.

These Special Edition releases are limited to a few dozen kits. These kits are $50 each, plus shipping and Illinois sales tax if you live in the state. Check the Kits page on the Resin Car Works website for prototype photos, model-specific details, and an order form.


Frank’s Models, pt 1

Resin Car Works Chief Frank Hodina was recently trackside and grabbed a batch of photos to share on the blog. Here are his notes. Click on any image here to review a larger size.

I hadn’t taken any model photos recently and thought I should document some of my HO scale fleet on a sceniced portion of the layout. I had installed new LED lights on a portion of the layout and I wanted to see how these look under 6500 Kelvin lights. We lead off with Illinois Central 8976, an old, out-of-the-box Life-Like P2K GP-7. Extras details include MU receptacles, speed recorder, air lines to the truck brake cylinders, a new brass horn, cloth sunshades, and Chet French positioned as the engineer. Chet’s a longtime friend and a retired IC engineer. Chet also knows just about everything and anything you could want to know about the IC.

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Illinois Central Enterprise offset hoppers

Matt Smith sent photos and notes on his recent IC hopper builds. Here’s his info on the models. Click on any image here to review a larger size.

I picked up a pair of Resin Car Works Illinois Central Enterprise hoppers during last year’s Chicagoland RPM. I had a chance to meet Frank Hodina and Eric Hansmann. It’s neat to meet to folks behind these great kits. I had never built a complete rail car model in resin and I wanted a new challenge. I had dealt with resin years ago during my scale modeling days, back then the pieces were crude and needed a lot of work. Boy have times changed. I was very impressed with the quality and fidelity of castings. The fine detail is amazing!

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