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    Default Question - Replacement Stirrups for Bi-Level Gallery Cars

    I bought a lot of undecorated Con-Cor Bi-Level Gallery Car Bodies.

    Some broken stirrups / steps in the lot (most was disclosed although a few more broke en-route because of poor packing).

    Question -- does anyone know good replacement double-step stirrups that I could use to upgrade some of these cars? For the cars w/ the broken steps I am thinking about cutting the remaining steps off so I can just replace all 4 and have them match.

    Thanks in advance everyone!

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    Several Photoetch companies make replacement/upgrade stirrups for locos and cars in general. They will be fine.

    The replacements will be sturdier and more realistically sized.

    Painting the Gallery cars in Pullman Green, kinda reminds me of the single level cars the Rock Island ran before they acquired their Gallery cars.

    Have you done a sketch of the final paint scheme?
    Lighting the cars is not tough. Just make sure your resistors are away from the wall, roof and floor. They can get quite hot. I destroyed one car that way.

    The big open interior of the cab/coach makes it perfect, for a live video camera and it's electronics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Several Photoetch companies make replacement/upgrade stirrups for locos and cars in general. They will be fine. The replacements will be sturdier and more realistically sized.
    Thanks @ChicagoNW - I was looking at the replacement steps but was having trouble finding a double-step like that. I guess I do not know all the detail companies so may not be looking in the correct place.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Painting the Gallery cars in Pullman Green, kinda reminds me of the single level cars the Rock Island ran before they acquired their Gallery cars.

    Have you done a sketch of the final paint scheme?
    These are the "undecorated" color I got them in. I was thinking of doing Southern since I can do that paint scheme (i.e., all gray) but also came across these Alaska bi-levels -- https://www.alaskarails.org/fp/passe...vel/index.html -- either of those paint schemes would be pretty unique (I definitely prefer the yellow and blue but the other one with the big W's would also standout).

    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Lighting the cars is not tough. Just make sure your resistors are away from the wall, roof and floor. They can get quite hot. I destroyed one car that way.

    The big open interior of the cab/coach makes it perfect, for a live video camera and it's electronics.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/album.php?albumid=1292
    I did want to light the ones with the light holes in the same way as the Arnolds are lit w/ the directional lighting. Had not thought about a camera or anything but I guess I might get interior chairs, etc... at some point

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    Check out Gold Medal Models. They make a bunch of etched stirrups. Can't advise on specific part number so search for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Check out Gold Medal Models. They make a bunch of etched stirrups. Can't advise on specific part number so search for them.
    Cool -- seems like their Kato Smoothside Passenger Car Details would work well for this. Thank you!


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    I am having the same problem looking for passenger car stirrups - a lot of single freight car stirrups. Perhaps some cut down ladders?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    http://fiferhobbysu770.corecommerce....ds-p14917.html
    That would definitely make a ton of stirrups...

    p.s.,I had a similar thought about using ladders if I could not find another option...

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