St Louis RPM 2021

The St Louis RPM is this weekend in Collinsville, IL. Resin Car Works will be there with our web guy Eric Hansmann staffing the sales table. He will have a handful of the L&N gondola kits and the last couple IC and SOO/DSS&A square corner boxcar kits.

As a bonus, a brand new kit will debut at the event! It’s so new that the instructions aren’t finished. It’s a UTLX Class X-3 tank car of 6,500 gallon capacity on the 1937 underframe.

A formal announcement for the new kit will appear on our blog after Eric recovers from the RPM.


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Illinois Central Square Corner Boxcar

Jerry Hamsmith shared an activity report on a group boxcar kit build. One of the final products is being switched on Jerry’s layout in the lead photo. Here’s Jerry with the details.

A few friends and I just completed the group building of Resin Car Works Kit #8.02. I thought I’d share the results. Each of us have different modeling eras, which affects the final outcome of our builds.

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Carbon Black hopper

I noticed Jay Styron’s carbon black hopper car model progress on a Facebook group and asked if he would share his build. Here’s Jay with the details.

After taking a long pause from model building, in the spring of 2020 when Covid hit, I opened the kit closet and started building again. I did a few plastic model builds and kitbashes, and when I felt my modeling chops were good enough, I started in on some resin kits. I told myself I would build in whatever order they came off the stack.

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RPM event update

Resin Car Works honcho, Frank Hodina, had been working on the RPM Chicagoland event for several months. He had found a great new venue at a reasonable cost. But the site has not relaxed their COVID-19 policies. Sadly, we must announce the cancellation of the 2021 RPM Chicagoland event. We hope to bring it back in 2022.

Several face-to-face Railroad Prototype Modeler events are planned for the months ahead in Texas, St. Louis, Baltimore, and other locations. The RPM calendar is up-to-date through 2021.

We have also heard that Prototype Rails 2022 at Cocoa Beach is set for January 6-8 and planning is underway. We look forward to seeing many of you and your models at upcoming RPM meets.


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