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Funaro & Camerlengo Jones & Laughlin 20,000 Gallon Tank Car

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Funaro & Camerlengo Jones & Laughlin 20,000 Gallon Tank Car
Posted by Rod Carr on Friday, June 4, 2021 1:05 PM

I am assembling the resin kit for the J&L 20,000 Gallon Tank car.  The directions say: "Cement the cast tank cradle brackets (Part #2 - 5 castings) to the sides of the frame.  The center of the of the bracket should be 0.710" from the end of the frame."  There is no illustration of the castings attached to the sides of the frame, and since there is an odd number of them, I suspect that what is meant is to place them on the top of the frame along the centerline.  This would put a point load on the bottom of the tank at 5 places along the center, so I'm wondering if my suspicion is correct.  If you have built this kit can you clear up my befuddlement?  

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, June 4, 2021 2:38 PM

If this is the #6970 coal-tar tank, LMH has one for sale on eBay that has a legible (albeit fuzzy) copy of the instructions, and model and prototype photos.

The instructions as I read them say to put two of the part #2 brackets each end so they are centered on 0.710 from the ends of the car.  You only use four.  It also seems clear from both the model and prototype pictures that there are four supports, not five, supporting the tank bottom -- these are different parts.

I do not believe you use 'all five brackets provided' on this tank.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, June 4, 2021 3:55 PM

Rod Carr
I suspect that what is meant is to place them on the top of the frame along the centerline.

Hello.

It took me a little bit of head scratching to figure out what the F&C instructions were refering to. Then one of these lit up... Idea

Those castings go toward the ends of the truck bolsters which are also the centers of the tank cradles:

 FnC_10K-tank_NWSL by Edmund, on Flickr

They show up on the drawing like thus:

 

 FnC_10K-tank_edited-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

 FnC_10K-tank_NWSL-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

My F & C kit is still in the box but I have a pair of the NWSL brass ones that I used for reference.

You "might" find it better to locate the four tank saddles first, THEN place the four cast "cradle brackets" on afterward?

F&C instructions are a bit puzzling, to say the least. Why they give you five of these sturdy parts but no extras of the very fragile parts is also quite perplexing.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by Rod Carr on Friday, June 4, 2021 6:14 PM
Thanks for your insight. I think you've hit the nail on the head and I appreciate your attention to my confusion. Rod
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Posted by banjobenne1 on Sunday, June 12, 2022 3:13 PM

Hello could you please provide a photograph of the underside of this tank car? Thank you for your time.

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:10 PM

banjobenne1
Hello could you please provide a photograph

Who are you asking?

banjobenne1
of the underside of this tank car?

"This" tank car as in the NWSL model or the F&C model?

Regards, Ed

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