May 31, 2018
Well - I decided what my next project will be:
Easy to assemble kit.
The 1956 Lark.
Easy to assemble??? I can barely put my cars on the track!
I'll be watching, good luck!
Not quite "shake the box" is it?
Is this the lark in Kato's poll that will be announced just as soon as you finish your "kit?"
Not sure what version Kato would do -- if at all. But, yeah - this is it. That's why I've decided to finally get started. Sorry, 20th Century fans. I've just doomed ya. -- LOL
Looks like fun. One of these days I need to get back to finishing up my latest "kit" train. All the cars are assembled but they need paint and decals. Looking forward to following your adventure.
funny you should say that LOL
Yea, we're getting a Kato Lark! Thanks Wolf (as soon as you finish, that is)
Thank you for letting everyone else get a factory Kato Lark. Looking forward to your build.
Gentlemen -- the pleasure is all mine!! LOL
I will ABSOLUTELY be following this one! Looks VERY promising.....
The first two cars - ready for primer then paint:
The head end cars.
My plan is/was to build the cars in their order in the train.
I am skipping over a coffee shop car and a 66ACM/ACW-1 articulated chair car -- as I need the correct sides for them. (What I need is now on order)
The next car:
A Pullman plan 4122B 22 roomette
AHHH! The elusive WOT #118 and #119! Any issues working with resin kits? The look good so far. You mention AC Cars; I had to pull out my "Night Trains" book and take a look. You are correct sir (for 1956)! The train was head end, Pullmans and the "Lark Club" in 1953 (when I model). Do you have the sides for the "Lark Club"????.....
Did you get a hold of Roberto recently?
No issues -- so far. They cleaned up great. Very little flash and air holes. He did an awesome job on the castings. (Would be cool if he injected molded them)
Besides the above (pun intended) -- I have the sides for: Plan 4140C (10-6 sleeper) 4 cars, plan 4071D (13 bedroom) 3 cars, plans: 7452,7453 and 7454 (Lounge-diner-kitchen), Plan 4069G (4-4-2 sleeper) 1 car and - I am going to use a round end observation instead of them being rebuilt into blunt ends - plan 4082 (2-1-1 buffet-lounge)- as Kato's car is pretty darn close.
I have just ordered the sides for the class 7402 (snack lounge) and just the fluting to kind of back date a Kato articulated chair set. I miss wrote the SP class above- I need a 64ACM/ACW-1 -- not a 66ACM/ACW-1. The cars will be closer to what I need (I must remove the baggage elevators - and there is a bathroom window that is incorrect -- I'll live with that).
Hey Ghengis -- sorry, I have not. I purchased all of the sides many many years ago.
I will reply here just so I get notifications on this thread. I haven’t seen a heavy duty build thread around here in a while. I am an HO guy, but N scale building is pretty much the same. Is this a kit or just a car taken apart with new sides? It is good to see that custom building isn’t dead.
To answer your question -- For the entire train - it will be both. Most of the cars are in kit form. The head end cars are resin. The articulated chair car, the snack lounge and the 3 unit Lark club will be modified from Kato cars. The car above is made from M&R brass sides with American Limited core kits (There are 7 cars like this) 2 of teh cars of from Des Plaines Hobbies kits.