While the blog has been quiet for a while, RCW honcho Frank Hodina has been busy working on masters for new resin freight car kits. It’s exciting to see these early development stages.
The masters are key to producing quality castings. All the details on each master are replicated in the mold and appear on the finish castings.
As the masters are created, other parts may need to be acquired to complete the kit. Wire, styrene strip, or etched metal parts are often included in many kits. Quantities of these items need to be coordinated with other vendors to arrive before the castings can be packed into kit boxes.
Each of these kits will need decal art that reflect prototype lettering characters and practices. The process has become easier using CAD software to modify fonts or trace specific details. Several artwork drafts are reviewed and approved before the art is sent to a decal printer.
When the castings arrive, it’s time for Frank to assemble a kit and document notes and photos for the instructions. These are formatted into a PDF and sent to a few RCW minions for review, comment, additions, and alterations. The draft is updated and reviewed again. While these review steps are happening, Frank fires up the paint booth to paint the completed model, or models, then applies the decals.
Photos of the final model appearances are snapped for use on the blog and web pages. Coincidental with these last steps, Frank and his family volunteers are carefully packing the castings, extra details, decals, and truck side frames into the Resin Car Works kit boxes.
That’s your look at the Man Behind the Curtain and the kit production steps. There isn’t a magic wand. It takes time and effort to bring you high quality kits of interesting railroad freight car prototypes. As shown with the photos in this blog post, several kits are coming soon, plus a couple interesting goodies.
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