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Box Car Kits – F&C

From Gerry Hopkins
Mon, 12 Jan 1998

F&C Box Car Kits (2 cars per box)

I put these cars together as per the instructions with the slight variation of mounting the trucks (KD archbar trucks with low profile wheels) and fitting KD 1027 couplers.

The method of mounting the trucks is the same as for the Chris Cardinal cars but with a thinner wash (as supplied with the archbar trucks) and using the KD kingpin instead of a screw.

The under frame and end wall were recessed for the KD 1027 couplers. Why 1027? – I have a number of sets bought at a very reasonable price at a used train stand a few years ago.

The under frame has a tendency to flex (arch) when the truss rods are fitted, I would advise gluing a piece of brass down the middle before tightening the turnbuckles on the middle of each rod.


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