Caboose in Commissary

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Fri Aug 3 12:02:25 EDT 2018

sorry for the late reply, been on travel.
Thank you for your update and comments.
Eric Raitch

On 2018-07-27 13:39, NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List wrote:
> 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
> Sent from my mobile
> On Jul 24, 2018, at 10:30 AM, NW Modeling List
> <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
> Gentlemen:
> Could you make recommendations on the possible options of available
> trucks, hand rails, ladders, and couplers for the CF caboose kit.
> thanks
> Eric Raitch
> Gainesville, Va

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