|A new addition to the WRD fleet.|
The sides are painted Floquil red-orange mix. 80% caboose red and 20% CN orange. The roof is grimy black as is the trucks and under-frame. Reefer white is used on the handrails and old silver on the stack. This caboose has truss rods already included and installed when I purchased the kit. I used a tool box that I had on hand but added the hinges and trim. A bleed rod is also added from bent wire. The trucks are caboose trucks by Tichy.
I ran into a problems since the sides of the body bowed out. The roof had a bit of a twist to it also. I did not notice this till I started working on the model. If I had seen this before I purchased it I would have passed on the model. I really should have left this model and looked for a better Roundhouse kit. I did glue and clamp braces which seemed to hold but when it was all said and done they let go. The caboose was finished by this time and all I could do was find a cosmetic option. I decided to add onto the side edges of the caboose roof. I only had wood strips that was the same thickness. These I glued on and sanded to match the roofing. All is good although if you look really close to the end area one can notice the bow a bit. I ran into the same problem with the roof. Between the wall bowing out and a bit of a twist in the roof the cupola's joint was now gapping a lot on the sides which looked like crap. I used Canopy cement to fill the joint as best I could and then touched up the wall colour and roof colour. It all looks pretty good now, but lesson learned, don't try to fix a messed up kit...George Dutka
|Most of what I used is included in this photo.|
|The Juneco ends are added and the steps are being worked on.|
|The ends are glued on the base and the see through steps are applied. These parts are included in the Juneco kit I used. My finished model built years ago is seen in the background. I used this one as a guide.|
|The scratch-built ends and F&C sides are glued together. The stack if from the Juneco kit.|
|Most of the details are added although not attached yet. The running boards and cupola roof need to be built.|