Jim Brewer recently shared photos of his latest resin kit builds on the Resin Freight Car Builders discussion list. Here’s Jim with details on his models.
I recently completed building two HO scale 40-foot, rebuilt steel boxcars that follow Georgia Railroad prototypes. These are old Sunshine Models kits. Georgia 39441 seen above is kit #64.83 with a diagonal panel roof.
The Sunshine Models Prototype Data Sheet, #64E indicated Georgia Railroad, together with Atlanta & West Point and the Western Railway of Alabama rebuilt these cars from Pratt truss boxcars in 1947-48.
I basically followed the standard assembly for a Sunshine resin kit. In viewing the only photograph of the prototype, I noted the right ladder stile on each ladder extended higher than the left stile, and there were rivets visible on the extended portion. Also, the brake step platform appeared to be held with inverted “L” brackets and not the traditional angle supports below the platform. I used MicroMark rivets on the stiles and inverted “L” brackets.
Two different sizes of chain were used on the models; 40 links per inch was used between the brake staff and brake housing, while 27 links per inch was used between the brake cylinder and brake rod. The Prototype Data Sheet indicated most of the rebuilt boxcars received Miner power hand brakes so I used a Kadee Miner brake wheel.
After completing the build, the models were washed with warm water and detergent, rinsed, and allowed to dry overnight. A primer was applied. For several years I have been using a ready-to-spray lacquer primer by Dupli-Color that I purchased at a local auto parts store. The models were painted with Scalecoat II Boxcar Red, S2013. Once dry, I was able to apply decals without need for a gloss coat. I did seal the decals with a gloss coat, followed by Dullcote. Weathering was done with india ink and shoe dye washes, as well as Pan Pastels.
I enjoyed building these cars. I have the Atlanta & West Point and Western Railway of Alabama kits in my stash and hopefully will complete them soon.
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