It’s been hot and humid in middle Tennessee, plus I’ve been in and out of town. I haven’t done much modeling but a couple of tasks were completed. The lead photo shows the M-15 boxcar trucks. Of course, the B&O couldn’t use the same type of trucks on different car sub-classes. It’s just another detail to work through as the models await a decent day for the spray booth.
The completed trucks in the back are PSC arch bar trucks, available from Bethlehem Model Works (part #135). These are metal castings but seem to roll well. These will be installed under the M-15E car. The other trucks are Kadee arch bars in the new HGC material. The B&O used some sort of cover on the bolster ends, which is the light color material. These castings came with the Westerfield kits to modify the Kadee trucks. I need to paint these sideframes with a similar color as the other trucks before reassembling them. The wheelsets at the left have been hand painted with Polly-S rail brown.
I’ve also returned to this Accurail boxcar upgrade. The lettering is proper for the B&O M-23 cars of my 1926 era but a few details needed to be installed. The prototype cars had ladders, so the cast-on grab irons were removed. A set of Yarmouth Model Works ladders awaits the moment of installation.
The prototype also had C-channel steel end sills. I installed a 1 x 8 added styrene strips to on the bottom of the sill. The strip above is from the Evergreen metal seam roofing pack and is smaller than a 1 x 4. I cut down the poling pockets to better represent the prototype hardware.
Another distinctive detail are the metal strips along the bottom of the side and end sheathing. These were installed to keep the wood sheathing in place. I spent about 30 minutes measuring, cutting, and applying strips of K-Tape to the model. Dave Parker demonstrated several uses for the tape in a February blog post. My first time working with the material was a bit tedious but I became used to the properties. Installation of the last couple pieces went smoothly.
There’s more work ahead on the brake platform and running board supports. I hope to add these details so it looks good displayed at the St Louis RPM.
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