Frank Hodina sent details on new etched metal ladders. Plano Model Products will be introducing these soon with more on the way. A set will be included with the upcoming Resin Car Works Soo automobile boxcar kit.
The images show Plano’s tall etched freight car ladder with an 18-inch width and seven rungs at 18-inch spacing. It makes a fine replacement for some plastic details that are no longer available any more.
Frank installed them on a Sunshine NP double-sheathed car as a test. These are pre-production samples as the finished ones have more connections to create the side angles.
Plano has also done ladders for early steel cars, like the NKP automobile boxcar. The end ladders have the correct 16-inch width.
A bending tool such as those available from The Small Shop is a requirement to form these photo etched ladders. Don’t even try to bend them with pliers as it can’t be done.
If you’re crazy enough you could use Archer rivets to detail the rungs.
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