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STRATTON AND GILLETTE Modeling Practices 1: How to Assemble an Athearn Blue Box Boxcar

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Posted by FJX2000 on Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:15 AM

Harrison

I wrote an article of how to do this(much more simple) on my blog.

 

 

Nice, I just built 3 of these kits last night, and I have 3 more to build. I need to go get some #5 couplers and add them like you did though, that seems nice. And I need to get them some metal wheels and then they will be ready to go on my club layout! (We have rules about metal couplers and metal wheels)

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Posted by mvlandsw on Saturday, February 29, 2020 5:28 PM

I like to use the floor upside down. The underframe can be glued securely to the flat side of the plastic floor instead of to the metal weight. This gives a better surface for any detailing and has a better appearance. The tab on the floor that goes in the slot at the door to retain the floor must be cut off. I usually glue the floor in but a friction fit works if you want to be able to remove the floor.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, February 29, 2020 5:30 PM

mvlandsw
I like to use the floor upside down.

That was a very useful technique championed by the club that built the New England Bershire And Western.

I have built a few with the floor upside down, but ultimately decided to develop my own set of improvements.

-Kevin

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Posted by PC101 on Sunday, March 1, 2020 12:29 AM

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       Having owned some BB boxcars, I found that reducing the width of the portion of the car door that engaged the upper door guide eliminated the problem of door bowing.  A few strokes of a file was all it took.

 

I would do the door scraping thing as SOP on all my BB box cars just so my door would slide open and close as well. Never saw a bowed out door yet. Also bending the front edge slightly down before install and the catch ears inward on the metal coupler box cover after it was installed. I use to eye up and drill by sight for a screw in the coupler post. Then I found a drill jig (A-Line ?) to drill and tap the coupler center post and install a brass screw. Do not know if this screw was needed but I figured it could not hurt.       

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:01 AM

PC101
Then I found a drill jig (A-Line ?) to drill and tap the coupler center post and install a brass screw.

If anyone can find me a part number for this drilling jig, I would love to have it. For Athearn Tank Cars and Cabooses this would be very helpful.

-Kevin

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 5:42 AM

SeeYou190
If anyone can find me a part number for this drilling jig, I would love to have it. For Athearn Tank Cars and Cabooses this would be very helpful.

https://ppw-aline.com/search?q=jig

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 4:52 PM

Henry, Thank you! I am ordering one, and it looks like it will make a difficult task much easier.

-Kevin

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Posted by 1971_Z28 on Friday, September 17, 2021 12:43 PM

There was a lot of good information in this artical and I think it has helped me a lot with how to fix my busted up freight cars I have.

I will stop by Colonial Hobbies tonight and get some supplies and try to fix the broken knuckles I have and get some more train cars onto the tracks tonight.

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