Workbench Wednesday

Frank wanted to offer an update on this Milwaukee gondola kit as we have teased this before. Are there any Milwaukee Road fans out there?

These images illustrate the beginnings of a Milwaukee composite gon and future RCW kit. These first two images show you the 3D artwork that will be used to print a master to be used in the resin casting process.

Prototype photo from Mike Skibbe collection.

The prototype cars had an inside length of 48-feet, 7-inches with a 5-foot interior height and 70-ton capacity. They also had eight drop doors hinged at the centersill. These were big cars when they were built in 1937.

What’s on your workbench?

10 thoughts on “Workbench Wednesday

  1. Looks really good. I will need several for my Milwaukee Road IM&D Division at Sioux City. Keep us posted on when they will be ready for sale.

  2. Looks great. Any plans for the similar CB&Q 48’6 composit gon? I have need for three of those.

  3. I am a fan of The Milwaukee Road, from the old Iowa and Dakota Division (later the Iowa, Minnesota and Dakota Division on the Chicago-Mitchell main line

  4. I would definitely be interested in this Milwaukee Road gondola. Any idea when it will be released? Thank you.

    Rich Tawrel
    Modeling the MILW Washington Division circa 1978-79

  5. Looks good. The diagonal braces are supposed to pinch in and down on the bottoms – the vertical braces don’t. On the ends, the horizontal brace isn’t flush with the bottom of the sides but rather drops another 6″ or so.

    I’m super excited about this kit, can’t wait for them to come out!!

  6. Will there be decals included to appropriately decorate these cars for the fifties? I’m assuming these cars made it into the early diesel era. Also, is there a rough timetable for release? Thanks to everyone involved with the RCW projects!

  7. Will these drop bottoms be usable for the longer D&RG gondolas used for coal
    loads? I’m not that knowledgeable, but I think they were 46 feet long?

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