Milwaukee 40-foot, ribbed-side automobile boxcar,
George Toman shared an update on a June Workbench Wednesday post. Here’s George with the scoop.
Progress has been made on my Rib Side Cars Milwaukee Road automobile boxcar. I had the car mostly complete at St Louis RPM and since have primed and painted as MILW 6582. The lead image shows the model in primer and paint.
Here’s the B end of the car showing the custom photo etched Milwaukee Road Ladders. Note the stiles have the “L” facing out. Other details include a Precision Scale retainer valve and Kadee brake housing with wheel. Custom bent brass brake step and brackets were installed. Holders for the retainer valve line were made from 0.020 x 0.005-inch brass, drilled and pinned to the car with 0.008-inch wire. The top ends of roof were simulated with 0.005-inch styrene and carefully sanded to represent the sheet metal folded over the ends.
Here’s a look at the scratchbuilt underframe. The slack adjustor was scratchbuilt from styrene and attached to rear of brake cylinder. The air line is using a 3D printed Tee and unions from Tom Madden’s design and printed at Shapeways.
Paint was a custom mix of Modelers Decals and Paint mixing six parts Aged Mineral Red, one part Caboose Red, two parts Tuscan and half a part Black. Decals are from Speedwitch Media set D174. The model was lightly weathered.
Here’s a look at the A end of the car. I installed custom Milwaukee Road style photo etched side grabs and brackets.
This has been a fun project. It took much longer than I anticipated, but kept finding differences between the Rib Side Cars model and #6582 I was building that needed correcting. Overall the Rib Side Cars model was a good starting point for this project.
NOTE: The Rib Side Cars line is currently unavailable. Accurail has bought the tooling and plans to release a number of these kits.
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