Caboose in Commissary

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Fri Jul 27 13:39:15 EDT 2018

Hi Eric. I used the recommended detail kit and trucks suggested in the instructions. I think both are noted in the forum thread I linked earlier. 

If I recall, I ended up significantly re-bending the grab irons supplied in the details kit - I may have used only the ladder as-is (other than cutting it to fit). 

Trucks were from Eastern Car Works - I’ve preordered new trucks from Spring Mills that I may eventually replace the ECW trucks with. 

Most of my grabs were formed from .0125” brass wire; a nice compromise between scale size forgiving “bendability” and ruggedness. I think phosphor bronze would have worked fine as well, though it is more brittle when making right-angle bends, and doesn’t put up with straightening/rebending.  I made the corner posts from music wire - I’ll have to check the thread to be sure, but memory says it was .032”. Brass would have been too soft for that span; PB wire would have worked. Wire for corner posts is supplied with the kit, but it’s not long enough to extend through the end sill to form the downspouts for all four corners. 

Make sure you weight the model before permanently attaching the body to the floor. I didn’t - and even with some retrofits, it’s still a bit too light. 

Matt Goodman
Columbus, Ohio

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On Jul 24, 2018, at 10:30 AM, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:

Could you make recommendations on the possible options of available trucks, hand rails, ladders, and couplers for the CF caboose kit.
Eric Raitch
Gainesville, Va

> On 2018-07-21 18:14, NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List wrote:
> Jack,
> I built one a while back and documented it on a forum I no longer
> frequent. You can find it here:
> [2]
> You can build up a functional, bare-bones model pretty easily - many
> of the things I noted in the thread above are *not* necessary (i.e.,
> the interior). Detail wise, you’ll want to add grabs to make it look
> not-naked (though you could leave that for later). The nice thing
> about bending grab irons is if you get it wrong, you re-bend it or
> throw it away and start again. Only when you are satisfied with the
> end result do you have to commit to gluing them.
> I was proud of how this model turned out, and it did well in NMRA
> contests. I learned a lot building it.
> Matt Goodman
> Columbus Ohio US
> On Jul 20, 2018, at 6:36 PM, NW Modeling List
> <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
> Larry, those cabs look very nice. What did you use for the roof? It
> resembles sand paper. Can you add something about this? Very nice.
> All the best, mike garber
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> On Friday, July 20, 2018, NW Modeling List
> <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
>> Hi Jack;
>> I have built three, although I am not a rivet counter I did add
>> detail and changed the end ladders. This is a laser cut wooden kit
>> is from American Model Builders, kit 864. I used Tahoe Model Works
>> Bttendorf Swing Motion caboose trucks TMW-104, or Barber-Bettendorf
>> swing Motion caboose trucks TMW-105. Thebkits can be challenging,
>> but if you take your time and keep with the instructions they build
>> up into a nice model. The picture is before the end ladders have
>> been added and roof grabs have been added to two.
>> Larry Brown
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>> On Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 4:14 PM NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List
>> <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
>> I see in the Commissary that a Model-CF Wood Caboose Kit is
>> available, but comes without trucks or couplers. I have never build
>> any rolling stock before. Is this difficult to build? What trucks
>> would I need for this caboose and where would I find them? Thanks
>> for your help.
>> Jack Fletcher ​
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