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Some more F&C boxcar tips

From Joseph P.
Wed, 27 Nov 1996

On Wed, 27 Nov 1996, Jorgen Rygh wrote:

> Joseph,
> What M-T couplers did you use on the F&C boxcars?
> Those I have handy seem either too low or to deep...

I simply filed the centerbeam to the correct height to accommadate the body mounted coupler. Now that I want to switch to all truck mounts I may need to file some more of the centerbeam to obtain the needed clearance.

> Also, what kind of glue did you use on these models - i tried CA on
> one. While the result was okay, I feel that it was too much of a
> gamble to get it correct.

Gap filling CA was my method, though I wasn’t overly thrilled with it, because it was what was recommended for resin kits so I just made due. I’m open to better suggestions if you know of any. Also I must admit I’m not in love with resin kits as a whole. There is much greater satisfaction for me from a wood kit or a scratch built project, and I don’t feel there is much labor saving from using the resin casting. As for price, well let’s just say that six month’s later I’m still recovering from the sticker shock of the resin passenger cars and am afraid to start them until I first hedge my bet by making a copy of the sucker.

> I ordered the Grant Line trucks with the NWSL wheels, and when
> properly fiddled, gauged, flash-removed and otherwise cared for, they
> look and run very well I think.

That seems to be the conventional wisdom, so maybe I’m just missing something, but the GL/NWSL combo never “buzzed” down the track for me. I’m now living with the 20% undersize profile of MT N scale trucks and am satisfied with their superior performance. Because it isn’t a scale solution I don’t advocate it, but I admit I’m fudging my own underbodies for the ease of the “drop in” performance enhancement from using MT’s.

- Joseph

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