We must have waffles forthwith!
is a line from a Tom Hanks movie that was not one
of his best (but that was actually the funniest part) however, that line has
just stuck with me for many years. If I say “forthwith” to my wife she knows
that I mean real waffles. Ironically that line from that movie made me think
about wanting 1 of these waffle boxcars. Don’t question where my mind goes!
“new to me” S Scale trains that I don’t already have is getting to be a
challenge. I got off onto a Southern Railway diversion in about 2020. I went
fishing for 1 of the Smokey Mountain Model Works urethane 50’ Southern
“waffle side” boxcars in August 2020. I got a reply for a new kit then
another reply for a DEAL for 5 more cars that were started but needed repairs
so I went from 0 to 6 cars in a week.
seem to want things once they are discontinued for a long time. SMMW has not
had these cars for sale for a while.
course the good intentions that I was going to build them did not happen. I
just seem to not get around to building urethane cars when they are really not
much different than a plastic kit. So I sent them with a few other languishing
unfinished cars to my friend Bob Hogan aka Bob the Boxcar Builder. He got them
done in a WEEK.
is by far not a best waffle boxcar collection in existence. I did not count waffle bumps to see if the
other car schemes I picked where really for THIS car. I was just going for
is prototype info and a review of an HO plastic car here.
This is what the 5 fixer upper cars looked like when I got them. There was a little bowl included of the detail parts that might have been on the cars at 1 time but fell off again. These cars are a bit fragile with all the details that are on them.
of the procrastination for finishing the cars was there was not enough decals
included to finish the 5 car lot. Some had been used. I knew I had to get some
remade. Jim King of Smokey Mountain Model Works helped me out and sent me the
original artwork which was a start. This side scan of the car at 100% with a
ruler is how I have made MANY custom decal sets. All have fit very well. I
contacted Circus City decals and got all of them made. I thought about getting
Norfolk Southern and Conrail made. But Conrail had nothing even close to these
cars so I switched 1car to CSX. Circus City was very easy to work with
especially given the very limited data and photos given to get the sets made. I
would highly recommend them. My one concern that turned out to be mostly true
was just the physics of trying to get the decal film to stretch and conform to
the extreme contour of the car sides. You are asking a lot of the decal film
doing all that stretching. In HO it is the same decal film but less distance
has to be covered. So short of cutting the decals into an insane number of
small pieces to place them individually on the ribs and waffles the decals have
some cracks and air bubbles. You mostly cannot get around it. Bob did a good
job getting the decals in place.
paint is Tru Color. 5 cars are TCP-224 Southern Freight Car Red 1940s -50s. Tru
Color has about 100 shades of boxcar red – like it really matters and for me it
did not. The CSX car is TCP-105 Grand Trunk Western Blue. Anything Tru Color B&O
or Chessie Blue I saw looked much too dark to me. I did not want to mix paint.
The last time I tried to custom mix B&O blue it went really wrong and cost
me a LOT of money to fix. I think the GTW looks pretty good in my basement fluorescent
lighting compared to real CSX Blue cars I have seen recently.
only “build” involvement in these cars was adding the stirrup steps once the
cars were finished and returned. Bob felt that they would not survive the
return trip if he installed them. After some deep thought I decided to use my
brass stirrup steps. They are a bit thick and not the correct shape at least
for the Southern cars that have another horizontal step in the loop. But they
are STRONG and will not break off.
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