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Posted by Bundy74 on Friday, March 10, 2017 7:32 AM

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I hate to tell you this but I'm not too keen on chopping up, stripping down, etcetera the brand new kit I just got. Also the UP being my FIRST KIT EVER!!! it has a lot of sentimental value. (Not that I wouldn't do basic upgrades like metal wheel sets, exact prototype weighting, and such)

For what it's worth, I still have my first kit, an Athearn CB&Q gondola.  It's been patched and re-weathered 3 times, but I still have her.  There's nothing wrong with keeping your first kit as-is for sentimental value.  

Modeling whatever I can make out of that stash of kits that takes up half my apartment's spare bedroom.

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Posted by NWP SWP on Friday, March 10, 2017 9:07 AM

I figured out the six foot door thing it's the one on the ATSF boxcar. (I just had to look at the two.) I think I'm going to get a data only car from Accurail.

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, March 13, 2017 11:36 AM

Here's kit  number 3! It was a little more involved than the others.

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Posted by tstage on Monday, March 13, 2017 12:24 PM

Now that you've tackled three Accurail kits, you might want to take a look at something that's a little more challenging/involved to help develop your modeling skills even further.  Below would be my list of progressively more and more difficult styrene kits:

  • Bowser - Similar to Accurail and marginally more challenging
  • Branchline "Yardmaster Series"
  • Red Caboose
  • Intermountain
  • Branchline "Blueprint Series"
  • Proto 2000 

All of these companies have pretty much ditched kits and gone the RTR route.  So, you'll need to find them either at a train show or through eBay.  $10-$15/kit would be a good price.  <$10 would be even better.

After two Accurail kits I tackled a Proto 2000 tank car; NOT a leap I would recommend for you.  As a novice it took me 8 hrs to assemble it and the parts were pretty delicate so you had to be VERY careful how you removed them from the sprue - especially the grabirons.  I would recommend two or three of the less difficult kits before taking a crack at a Proto 2000 kit.

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, March 13, 2017 12:31 PM

Ok thanks. By the by, I have been addmitted to the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders club as a probationary member and in three months I will be a full member!

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Posted by tstage on Monday, March 13, 2017 12:48 PM

Well, that's pretty exciting.  Now you can spend your probationary time building more kits and learning so that you'll be ready to contribute if and when they vote you into membership.

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, March 13, 2017 12:51 PM

Yes I will.

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Posted by BMMECNYC on Monday, March 13, 2017 5:18 PM

Tichy Train Group also makes kits.  They are on the more advanced side.  I have a tank car that I started about 2 years ago that has progressed to a stop when I broke one of the banding straps (styrene).  I have the replacement evergrene styrene somewhere.

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Posted by BMMECNYC on Monday, March 13, 2017 5:23 PM

The fourth kit I assembled was a Branchline Passenger car, at a train show.  I dont recommend this as a fourth kit.  Ive done 4 of them now, and have a fifth and sixth on the workbench, waiting for me to have the time/energy/place to run them, and couplers on them.  Ive been removing my Kadee's, Ive found something better.

As a side note:  Do not ever glue a coupler box shut.  Figure out how to use a screw of some sort.  I glued about 30 shut before I started using screws, because I though I would never change from Kadees.   I now have a 5lb bag of unused Kadees that I have been selling a small handful at a time.

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, March 13, 2017 5:28 PM

If you don't mind my asking what would be better than kadees?

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Posted by BMMECNYC on Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:12 PM

cascadenorthernrr

If you don't mind my asking what would be better than kadees? 

 

Sergent couplers.  Also every great once in a while a Kadee will get broken in some why (it does happen).  It is easier to unscrew and replace than to deal with having to break the coupler box.

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