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Silver Streak Freight Car Kits

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Silver Streak Freight Car Kits
Posted by Run Eight on Sunday, September 10, 2017 4:25 PM

A old name....which some remember as the first craftsman freight car kit, along with Ulrich, that they had built.

I understand, the the current owner of Silver Streak kit name, has suspended operations, which he and his wife operated as a part-time business.

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Posted by DSchmitt on Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:26 PM

Business "temporarily closed until further notice"

http://www.yeoldehuffnpuff.com/

 

I tried to sell my two cents worth, but no one would give me a plug nickel for it.

I don't have a leg to stand on.

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Posted by 7j43k on Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:48 PM

Run Eight

A old name....which some remember as the first craftsman freight car kit, along with Ulrich, that they had built.

 

True enough. Mine was a 40' red M&StL box.  I was already rebelling against cast-on ladders.

I'm not sure I'd call them craftsman kits.  Nor the Ulrich.  They occupied a space between the almost one piece plastic kits and the true craftsman kits, which were a box of stripwood, wire, and a couple of castings.  Oh, yeah, maybe decals.

Ed

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Posted by dknelson on Sunday, September 10, 2017 9:02 PM

7j43k
    I'm not sure I'd call them craftsman kits.  Ed  

Good and valid point but when they were new they were regarded as easy, if perhaps time consuming, to build, but by the time Walthers acquired the line, their catalog termed them "craft train kits."  They used the same phrase to describe the Ulrich line which they had also acquired, as well as the lines which we would all agree are craftsman kits.  With time the very notion of "time consuming" came to equal craftsman level.

Nothing had changed about the kits.  I would say that the Silver Streak plastic reefer kits were in my view considerably more challenging than their wood and white metal kits in terms of arriving at a nice looking finished product.  

All of them are missed.  

Dave Nelson

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Posted by tankertoad70 on Monday, September 11, 2017 2:17 PM

Here is a Silver Streak kit I completed around 2001 or so.  It was a fun project.  I scribed each of the wood pieces on the sides to give them a bit more detail.  The roof was covered with 600 grit sandpaper to simulate the tar paper roof.  Shoulda used a finer grade, but am satisfied with the look.  I also added Gould's doors as they had better definition than the SS puppies.  A shot of Floquil Boxcar red and Champ decals completed the project.Cowboy

Don in 'Orygun' City

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