Finally available in N!

17fixer Mar 12, 2012

  1. 17fixer

    17fixer TrainBoard Member

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    After being available in HO for years, we N scalers finally have a model of our own. Elgin Locomotive Works has just released a resin kit for largest rail car in North America, CEBX 800. As of now there is only the basic empty car available in a kit of 47 pieces, two frets of etched brass details, and decals for three different versions. The two support cars and loads are in development and soon to come. For more info check out their website: http://www.elginlocomotiveworks.com

    Mine arrived this weekend. Holy Cow did I choose a great kit for my first resin project! From my first impressions this kit looks awesome. There's detail you have to get a magnifying glass to see!! I definitely applaud the long and hard work it took to bring this model to fruition. I only hope I can do this car justice with my humble skills. Here is a 3d rendering of the kit with a couple of pics of mine as I un-box and begin the project. Also, check out the video taken during development.

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  2. OC Engineer JD

    OC Engineer JD Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thats incredible! What a great looking kit! :) Post finished photos please.
     
  3. r_i_straw

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  4. CSX Robert

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    I have got to get me one of those. I have wanted a Schnabel car ever since I knew they existed. Trix made one in N-scale(a European prototype, of course), and I almost bought one on several occasions. I'm glad I resisted the urge now that I can get a U.S. prototype one.
     
  5. 17fixer

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    Progress continues. Tonight I finished all the cleaning and filing of the resin parts. All I can say is patients, patients, patients. Now to takle the brass railings.
    All cleaned up.jpg
     
  6. Keith

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    Are the parts pretty clean?
    Do they require filling of holes etc..?
    Or just careful removal of parting lines and such?
    Might have to look into getting one. An interesting car, to go
    along with my OMI Westinghouse car.
     
  7. 17fixer

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    This is my first experience with aresin kit. Though I have tried a little molding for my self withresin and hydrocal. Yes, each piece will need the parting lines cleaned off. Holes for pins and such will not be perfect and require drilling or filing for fit. As for bubble holes, there were a few to fill, not many. But I think that is typical of any resin casting. I'm pretty pleased with them. So far I think I have about 4 hours all together in trimming, drilling, filing, and washing. Nothing wasdifficult, just required taking it slow. The resin seems to me to be a little softer than styrene. So, a little more care is necessary as to not cut or file off to much at a time. For me, I think the hardest part will probably be painting and decaling. I'm still working on my airbrush techique.
     
  8. drgw12

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    Did you have any trouble getting in touch with Elgin Locomotive Works? I emailed them about the kit about a week ago and no response from them?????
     
  9. railnut49

    railnut49 TrainBoard Member

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    What does the model cost? Gotta be an arm and a leg? Sure is neat though.
     
  10. jpwisc

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    I thought it was going to be in the $160 range (no trucks or couplers). Not bad for what you get!
     
  11. 17fixer

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    The schnabel kit costs $165 (less trucks/couplers). The set of decals for the 5 different cabeese used is 6$. Shipping charge is $7. All together I paid $178 because I wanted both. Right now there is not an electronic means to place an order. But, it is in work to have something to that effect. Until then if you wish to place an order you have to send it in with a check by mail. If anyone is interested PM me and I'll let you know the address and all (I don't know if is ok to post). Or, check out the official announcement by Mark Runyan of Elgin Locomotive Works in a thread on The Railwire, post #53. If you order, I think you will be happy you did.
     
  12. drgw12

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    Ahh thank you very much. I have been looking forward to this car for quite a while!!! Can't wait to get it in and build it!!!
     
  13. bigford

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    i have the trix schnabel car and WILL be getting this one as well!!!
    now we need the reactor load !!!!
     
  14. 17fixer

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    Finally, the railings are done. Here it is temp fit together, just less trucks. It seems this car uses 125 ton trucks with 38" wheels, but there aren't any available in N. For me, the BLMA 100 ton/ 36" wheel trucks look close enough. So, I've put my order in for the 9 sets. Now, on to the Paint Shop before they arrive.
     

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  15. Keith

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    Already have mine!
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    But, I'm gonna have to consider getting the resin one as well.
    Very nice looking car.
     
  16. 17fixer

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    Well, here she is straight out of the paint booth. I decided to use Poly S Engine Black and Caboose Red. Though, I think the red is not quite right. It seems not to have turned out as deep a red as the paint chip in the store. But I think it turned out well none the less. Now on to the decals. For those of you with more practice than I, do you use a gloss coat before applying decals? I've read around that some use clear gloss coat and others use Future. Anyone with experience have advice for the technique with the best results?
     

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  17. drgw12

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    Nice looking unit there 17fixer. I sent my check in and can't wait to get going on my version. I have a train show in late May I'm looking forward to debuting it at! Whats the overall length?
     
  18. Keith

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    Wow!! Really turned out good!!
    Just needs the trucks and a load!
    If a load is made for this car at some point.
     
  19. mrlxhelper

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    Use gloss coat before you decal, at least that's what I do. A gloss will also probably make that red look just right, every current photo I've seen of the car it looks pretty shiney.

    I sent my order and check in, I hope that is responded to better than the email.
     
  20. 17fixer

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    The empty car measures out at 231', a little over 17" in N. The maximum loaded length is 345', almost 26" in N. That makes a 2 foot train not counting the buffer or support cars. Add a couple of 60' flats, the two 90' support flats, and a caboose or two and that could work out to about a 4 and a half feet! Quite a train itself in N scale.:shade:
     

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