Paint Shop N Scale Kits 48' Multipurpose SpineCarJun 10, 2021
Do you want to know more about the wear and tear and details of freight cars? I wanted to stay, look at the segments, how we do it in the mines, I have a weird mile, this side error, hello everyone, Joe from Central Jersey, Connor elements, Gail, welcome back to the
shop, so this time . in the
shopwe are going to work on a project that has also been on my bench for about a year and that is
kits, 48 foot
kitsthat I bought last October when it was my birthday, it was a gift birthday for my family so I haven't had a chance to sit down and take a look at them and start putting them together so those of you who don't know what a
scalekit is, it's a UK based company that makes really nice white metal kits to focus mainly on intermodal equipment and flatcars and specialty flatcars so they have a lot of nice kits so check them out and I'll put a link to the website in the comments of this video so you you can visit your site, don't like a flashy website with pictures and hear all that stuff, it's just kind of a catalog, you click on it and then you go into the project and you can see the photos of the projects, okay, now that you know I said what we're going to do, I'm not going to talk too much about it, let's go straight to the bank, you get to work and I'll talk.
Then, okay, so when you get your kids' forms in scale kits, these come in little packages like this, inside there's a sheet of paper and if you go in there's an instruction sheet. Now the instruction sheets aren't as detailed, um, it tells you. Pretty much the basics of putting the kit together, not a lot of extra words or things like that, so once you get the first steps done, because it's a repetitive process because this is a set of five units, so once you've finished the first car , you write likes are like oh, I get the instructions and then it goes a lot faster as you go through the process.
Well, I'll just walk you through it. I'm going to learn some of the tips I learned when putting together the first kit. to guide you and give you some hints and tips so that when you open the bag, inside are the five basic frames that are wrapped in this knitting material and then there are all these little pieces and they're all mixed together in one bag. We're not actually divided into sprues or assembly areas, so what I do is I lay out all the pieces on the bench like this and then separate all those little pieces so it's easier to find them when you're trying to put the kits together because here you go. the running boards, the brake valves and the brake air cylinders, the wheels and the retractable hitches and all the other parts associated with this, so the other thing to note is that on the bottom they have the letter inscribed of the Senate 5-unit unit is this is the letter B and then it goes e d c and then a, so keep that in mind because the B's and the A's are the two end points of the set of five units.
Okay, so what will you need to determine first? start assembling is what will you use each frame for, will you use it for a trailer of 48 feet or less or will you use it as a container, the reason is because if you use it for a container, then you have to put the fifth wheel on and they retract into one position So, if you're going to use a four-wheel trailer, you're going to use one of these fifth wheels that goes in like this, the other thing. You should keep in mind that with the Amb chassis they have a retractable foot that goes here and that is for a 20 foot chassis because the 20 feet go from here to here, so if you are going to use it for a 40 foot chassis. chassis, you also need to put these post extenders in here so the hood and bin are level from front to back, so I point all that out because it doesn't really come across from reading the instructions that you really have to pre-plan your unit 5 set of units. from what what's happening in what chassis the next thing I learned is that if you look to the side, they have these little indentations that are what they call pre-drilled holes.
I don't really call them drilled holes, I call them indentations. and that's where the Associated brake rating goes, the switch even goes on units a B and D. Now what I learned very quickly is that if you look at this brake cylinder, it has this really tall post. I was having a lot of trouble trying it. Glue it down because it kept swinging and falling, so what I do is cut the pole almost completely and just leave it on the two feet, set the chassis to the side and let it sit there for a while. I'll show you that when we get to shine, next up is this three way brake valve, it's a cool little detail and in some ways completes the whole car, however in this configuration the way they molded it is a pain that I could not.
I can't get it to mold correctly and if it looks like they end up crooked and looking horrible, then what I ended up doing and I think it looks good is with this set here, I just cut out all that extra stuff associated with it and just put it together. straight to the side because on the scale you won't notice that it's not sticking properly without just seeing the three way brake valve there and it gives you the idea that the associated equipment is there so the other thing is you realize that when you're putting these things together this side is where the reservoir goes and decides where the three way brake valve goes so with that being said let's put it together okay as you can see I've got the The circuit breaker is ending in the two games I'm working on.
I mounted the highway valve up here on the side by cutting it out and I think it looks a lot cleaner and easier to mount and the air cylinders are done so now what we need to do. Do we need to do this with the platform? So the mistake I made in the first game was that the platform I put too close there isn't much room. Now reading the instructions there is supposed to be more space so the problem is with the trailers the problem is when the covers so these trailers here the Atlas fit are fine the micro trains fit are fine but the train works these trailers UPS don't fit together well and that's because the boards aren't seated properly, so I have to make sure I pay attention to the boards in this set.
Each sign has this little hole that goes to the back of the car and sits there like this and there are two different styles. So this one goes this way, so I'm going to do a quick test fit with this train trailer. You can see if I space it correctly the trailer fits in there like this okay so I'm going to go in and put on all these platforms so now I'm going to fix the pedestals if you look at this when you install them when you look at this this little opening points towards the front of the car and this little button at the bottom goes in. the hole in the chassis okay now we're going to glue the platforms on these platforms they go to cores A and B okay these platforms are glued so now what we're going to do is just fold the edge down and there is. wow, I'll do the rest, here it goes, okay, so now we're going to run out of glue, these brake wheel supports are for the handbrake, okay everyone, so the project is progressing very well, you know it's taking a while.
I do the 15 cars with all those decals, but we have them on, now they're all sealed with the flex clear flat model and I use the brush to seal them so they don't get ruined, you know, I have to admit. I've been driving the cars between shoots and they're working great, so now we're going to move on to the outdoors. What I have decided is that for the last few days I have been doing a lot of venting on the rails. Do your research online and you know that TTX yellow gets very dirty after a long period of time and I realized that Rail Brown looks like it's going to be the best mask to try to emulate that so what I did was I set up Route Brown on my airbrush and I diluted it with three drops of isopropyl alcohol just to give it a little sheer effect, so we're not doing full coverage, so let's go.
I have 15 cars in the weather, so sit back and watch and we'll talk together, okay? Everyone, so why now that all the cars are worn out do they look super good? The brown rail was exactly what I was looking for. The effect. I also took the opportunity to go ahead and wear out some of these trailers because I just didn't want to. They look shiny and new right out of the box because you know you look at intermodal trailers even though they look clean on the surface but when you look at them up close they have a lot of road grime on them especially on the tires and undercarriage . and stuff, so I went ahead and used some sand with three drops of isopropyl alcohol and just quickly sprinkled all of the trailers, so now what we need to do is mount all of these trailers on these um, these chassis, now I want to mount them permanently because I'm not going to download or upload them.
I want them to be reliable. I don't want the trailers to fall off because they're running, so I'm just going to use some CA glue and glue them together now. In my testing, what I have determined is that when you use these trailers, this is a 45 foot Atlas, they fit fine, but the problem I have is that this pin on the front of the trailer causes it to lift up too much and is kind. of unproductive pain, so what I have decided is that I am going to cut those pins because I don't need them. I will never use them to connect two tractors on the layout because they are permanently mounted, so I'm just going to take a pair of pliers to cut off this little protrusion and then when you put the trailer in there, it will sit on the boards and lay nice and flat on the hitch assembly, as it should be.
It won't appear in the air, so I'll go ahead and paste it. Okay, everyone, there you have it. There are the scale car kits with 48-foot backbones. Yes, I love the way they turned out, perfect, just what I was looking for. So a lot of you are probably watching the videos and a lot of you probably thought, “That was a lot of work.” I could have bought something. Yes, you know, BLM offers 53-foot backbone cars and I know that too. that Walters did make a production run of the fuel foilers, however, you know, I think the 53 foot was really for the modern era, where you know the 48 foot was kind of a mistake before, I would say in the mid '90s, that before '53- The foot really came into his being so he was looking for something that fit that era and I think the 48 foot spy cars were perfect, however in terms of production it's a little hard to find someone that does it in scale kits, was the only one. another option, so some variations that you could have done while you're building, you know, I went all plastic trailers.
I'm just that kind of modeler where I know digital calm makes all kinds of paper models for trailers, you know, but you know, it just doesn't sit right with me, it's just my personal preference. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with anyone who does it. It's a lot cheaper, but you know, I just like the plastic models, that's why. I went ahead and bought all of those. I used the trailer combination so I chose Atlas. I did a couple of 48 feet and 45 feet mostly and then I had a couple of micro trains there 45 and 48 and then the Train works for UPS. trailers that are great looking trailers uh very happy to have gotten them the biggest obstacle in this whole project was the decals.
I wasn't expecting the large amount of stickers that the microscale gave us. I gave them little detailed inscriptions that go on the side of the cars you know, lower the pedestal before lifting the trailers and all these kinds of warnings and cautions that are on all these cars, the only problem is that number one that they are drawing it doesn't really give you that much description so you have to rely on the photos to prototype and you know how to find the deep cows in that sheet because there's no legend or anything like that that's become a real problem.
You also know that when you're doing historical research and your prototypical research for these cars, the problem is when you go out, they get really dirty and a lot of things go dark, so it's very difficult to find what templates go where, so you know you can look at some of my cars closely and they may not be there. Prototypically accurate, but you know what I understand and then after they were all assembled, then I put the trailers on and they were worn out, there's a lot of detail, you don't notice all the warnings and cautions that I put in. the hitch assembly you can't even see it because it's under the trailer but it's there but yeah it was kind of a learning curve as we went along and towards the end of the process I was getting really fast with the decal so Another One thing I'm going to warn you about when you make the scale kits is to make sure you go over those chassis with a fine tooth comb because I missed some flashes, especially on the A units, and there are no flaws in the scale tech kits. , You know?
They did a really good job and produce a really good product but it seems like there was too much flash in the kit and I lost it when I was putting it together and I'm embarrassed for not paying attention because theflicker was rubbing against the wheelsets and was actually causing the derailment, so after my first few initial tests I thought, oh, what's that noise? Then I perceived it and I was able to just cut it out so you can build these, just keep that in mind, so now we have a really nice truck train here. I think we'll call it male 3 or male 7.
I haven't done my research for sure yet to find out, but it may be male 3.mare 7 um and the best thing about this is that now I can mix and match with Walthers for unit sets and these five sets of units. I can mix them up and put a couple of stacks in there and in the fast trailers or vice versa. vice versa, so yes, it offers a lot of versatility to my intermodal operations here and one last note on scale kits. I do not receive any type of support. I paid for all this myself. I'll tell you that I'm going to throw away the link. in the comments section so you can click there and check out their stuff, they have a ton of Kitt's and to be honest what you see is how well they matched and how good they look.
I'll buy some more. In the future, well, yeah, go over there and check it out in the comments section, and with that we'll close this paint shop, so if you've seen this video for the first time, you like what you're seeing, please. please subscribe to the channel because we would love for you to follow and I always get a lot of free content like this and if you haven't already check out our Facebook page and our Instagram account because I am always posting daily updates and everyone's status the projects I'm doing like this and that's all I have for this time thanks for watching, see you later, bye.
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