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SP Woodchip Gondola
Jean-Marie Syx has been busy again, this time scratch-building woodchip gons. Also using the Rick Selby article described in the March ’92 MR for the ends and center sill. The car floor is constructed as a sandwich panel in which the lead weight is integrated. The sides are pretty straight forward, just a notch on one corner, glue on 4 plates and a long seam. Note the stiffeners addded in the car to avoid warping of the long car sides.
This is an attempt at a composite side woodchip gondola in 4 photos. This car used to be offered from Diamond Scale as a kit; but is as good as unfindable. So one has to build one from scratch. Luckily I had a little help from a friend of mine who owns such a car. Once again the car floor is a sandwich panel in which the lead weight is integrated. The sides are .010 styrene with .060 H columns glued on, a .060 channel at the top and a .080 L on the bottom.
Finally two photos of the above models side by side.
Model based on Rick Selby's article in the March 1992 issue of Model Railroader. I had bought enough Evergreen styrene strips to do 10 of these things, and had completed 4 of them, when E&C car shops brought out their kits. I still only have 4, but have 6 of the E&C kits.
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