Many freight car kits include a parts fret for brake hardware. Resin kits often include a Tichy Train Group parts fret seen in the above image. After I use the KC brake component and a couple other pieces, the fret becomes extra stuff. Once you have gone through several of these, they start taking up space.
Not only do they take up space, but I forget what parts remain on each fret.
I had an extra plastic multi-compartment storage case and decided to use it for these small parts. I trimmed them off of the frets and sorted them into the various compartments here. It’s much easier to find brake levers, platforms, retainer valves, and other ephemera from those Tichy frets.
Some may say just throw away those parts frets after you use what you need. These words are an affront to many hobbyists! Throwing stuff away is NOT part of our language! I built a resin hopper kit recently and needed to create a longer brake platform. The extra stuff came into play!
The brake platform is longer than the parts on the fret, so I shave off what is needed.
By applying steady pressure with a fresh single-edge razor blade, the gears on the part are ready for a new application. If the slicing effort fails, there’s another brake platform ready in the box of extra stuff. And I must remind you to be careful using sharp blades. Keep a few band aids on the workbench in case you need them.
I’ve glued the gears onto a styrene 2 x 8 and drilled a hole for the 0.020-inch diameter wire I use for the vertical brake staff. The next step is to trim the platform to length and install it on the car end.
Here’s the end result on a Reading HTf class hopper. The three grey parts here also came from the extra stuff. The kit did not have many parts supplied beyond the basic resin castings.
Save and organize those extra parts as many will come in handy on future projects.
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