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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 3

Jerry Hamsmith and his group share an alternative AB brake system installation for the Resin Car Works NYC gondola kit.

Two of the group members decided to do the extra work to follow the AB drawings that were part of the NYCHS shared material. See the Kit Extras instruction files on the RCW website for all of these drawings.

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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 2

Here’s part two from Jerry Hamsmith and his group building this recent Resin Car Works kit.

The AB brake system for this car is if nothing else, interesting. The drawings for the New York Central gondola, provided by the NYCHS, show a number of additions to the normal brake rod arrangement. The original drop doors required them to not be the normal straight line connections. Additionally, the reservoir and the control valve are next to each other on the same side of the car. This was likely due to the most convenient arrangement when converting from the original K brake system.

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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola

Jerry Hamsmith has been working with a group of modelers and each member is building a Resin Car Works NYC gondola kit. He sent notes and photos covering the work so far.

When Resin Car Works released this kit, I was intrigued by Frank Hodina’s comment of how easy the build was. I suggested to some friends that we all purchase the kit for a virtual group build. I had three takers, so four of us planned to build along with each other and share our progress via text and email. Group members had different levels of resin kit building experience and I had hoped everyone would work together and make the build enjoyable for all. I believe this happened.

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Meat reefers

Resin Car Works’ chief minion, Frank Hodina, was inspired to pull models from storage and snap a few photos. Here are Frank’s details.

Steve Hile tossed a shiny new object across my path. He’s working on a Swift reefers clinic. So, I pulled some of my models out for photos. And I kept pulling them out. Then Eric said this would make a cool blog post. All of these reefers are Sunshine Models resin kits. I did created the original patterns for Martin Lofton to cast.

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