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    Default AT&SF Caswell gons

    Caswell gons were a large part of the Santa Fe's open car fleet. The construction of these drop bottom gons began in 1913 with the GA-X, a construction run of 900 cars and subsequent classes built through to 1926.

    I have 4 cars coming, but can't find decals that'd suit them. Does anyone know of a decal source for these cars?

    http://wig-wag-trains-cart.com/acces...om-gondola-kit

    http://old.atsfrr.org/Reviews/HO/Fre...rCas/Index.htm
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    When I bought some a couple of years ago from MB Klein the kits from Fine N Scale had decals with them. Very nice indeed, though funny smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon D. View Post
    Very nice indeed, though funny smell.
    The prototype was first used to move mountains of steer manure from the KC stockyards to a disposal point. I understand the manufacturer wanted the N scale models to be 100 accurate, right down to the last detail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon D. View Post
    When I bought some a couple of years ago from MB Klein the kits from Fine N Scale had decals with them.
    Oh ok. The store listing said decals not included. I'll wait and see when they arrive. I found some useful lettering on the ATSF waycar (caboose) decal sheet. I suppose any sheet for early GS gons will be close (for my purposes)... @simon D how did your kits go assembly wise and final result? And any tips you'd care to pass on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    The prototype was first used to move mountains of steer manure from the KC stockyards to a disposal point. I understand the manufacturer wanted the N scale models to be 100 accurate, right down to the last detail.
    And i bet they were loaded by hand. not something to add to the resume.....
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    The first 2 Caswell gons arrived today. Impressed with the castings, they are 1 piece bodies with etched parts for the end stirrup steps, dump levers and brake wheel. Also a decal sheet covering every series built and rebuilt. And a cast coal load for them too!!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/183062...posted-public/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/183062...posted-public/
    Last edited by mosslake; 31st Jul 2019 at 09:23 AM.
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    Attacked the 2 Caswell gons over the last two days. Starting on Friday evening, until 1am (we all work late when on a roll, right??)
    The dump levers, brake wheel and corner stirrups added
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/183062974@N02/48450873556/in/dateposted-public/
    Underbody details cast in place and corner stirrups added
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/183062...posted-public/
    Vallejo Surface primer 70.614 painted on both models followed by Concrete 71.131.
    Front car has the concrete added and the rear car in just in primer.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/183062...posted-public/
    The red coat -actually Cavalry Brown 70.982 added to the cars. This isn't 'Model Air' so I had to thin it out.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/183062...posted-public/

    And that's where I'm now at. Don't have any Solvaset so decalling will have to wait but might work on the interiors.
    Last edited by mosslake; 4th Aug 2019 at 03:42 AM.
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    Russ

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    Thanks for the photos and the painting tips. I have 9 of these cars to assemble, and have been putting it off.

    I notice that on your cars, as on mine, the top lip of the car sides is non-existent in places. Following a tip from Bruce Arbo (who did a post on assembling these models on one of the forums), I plan to sand off the top edge and then glue on a narrow strip of styrene.

    No doubt, by the time I've completed my models, I will have fulfilled the requirement for Atlas to release a model, including several in the road-numbers that I have used.

    Regards,
    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McF View Post
    I notice that on your cars, as on mine, the top lip of the car sides is non-existent in places. Following a tip from Bruce Arbo (who did a post on assembling these models on one of the forums), I plan to sand off the top edge and then glue on a narrow strip of styrene.
    I enjoyed working on these cars Ron. Your right in that the top lip is fine to non existant. I did the same thing, added styrene strip on one car, I'll post a photo shortly. Another thing is the parts are so tiny, working with them can be an issue. Use a clear space, not near the table edge, still didn't save some parts though lol....
    Cheers,

    Russ

    CEO of Devil's Gate Mining Co.



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