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raybaumill-
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Posts: 396
Post Re: updating old kits
on: July 15, 2018,
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Hi,
Got a piece of brass to support the caboose ends on the box to caboose project. Should I run it the whole 46' from caboose end to caboose end inserting it in the fish belly frame?? Any suggestions will be helpful.
Tks RAy

Charlie

Posts: 249
Post Re: updating old kits
on: July 17, 2018,
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Before you attach the brass to the model, think about mounting couplers. Drill and tap the brass for the coupler mounting is easier now then later.

Charlie

raybaumill-
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Posts: 396
Post Re: updating old kits
on: November 8, 2018,
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Hi,
Never did that before. Project is getting deeper all the time (HAHA).
Tks RAy

raybaumill-
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Posts: 396
Post Re: updating old kits
on: November 8, 2018,
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Hi,
Finally got an atlas 70's boxcar to look at and compare with the intermountain ones and to view side by side with the one pola max car I have. Pola max cars compared to the atlas cars, old and new seems a bit undersized. Guess for sure that the reporting marks are inaccurate. The IM cars are way nice but will be dropping parts for sure with use. The atlas 70's cars look fit for operational duty. Not so fragile.
A second atlas 70's car is missing the truck and push pin to attach it to the bolster. What is available for replacement bolster holder uppers?? Athearn trucks a reasonably priced replacement??
Tks RAy

Martin
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Posts: 866
Post Re: updating old kits
on: November 17, 2018,
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A second atlas 70's car is missing the truck and push pin to attach it to the bolster. What is available for replacement bolster holder uppers?? Athearn trucks a reasonably priced replacement??

Just fill the holes with styrene rod, and then drill and tap the rod for 4/40.

Athearn trucks are what I use 95+% of the time for all my cars. They will be far better than the old Atlas trucks of that era. They will be even better yet is you replace the plastic wheelsets with IM metal wheelsets.

Reasonable price is up to the individual - that should be ~$20 at the most; you could get a set of Yoder or Davis trucks for $45-60.

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raybaumill-
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Posts: 396
Post Re: updating old kits
on: October 7, 2019,
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Hi,
To all atlas car users old and new. It is ignorant and arrogant of atlas not to provide replacement bolster pins as a spare part. While some of u go the drill and tap route, it would just be nice of atlas to provide them. We are doing them a service by purchasing their products. A return service would be welcome also. I think an email campaign to secure bolster pins might get their attention. Also snail mails of the same kind also might be useful. Several times last year I inquired after said pins and got form emails telling me they would get back with me. Suffice it to be said that I never heard from them. Ignorant and arrogant is 2rails biggest supplier.
RAy

Ed Bommer

Posts: 427
Post Re: updating old kits
on: October 8, 2019,
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The plastic pins to fill the old Atlas bolster holes so that Athearn or other NMRA standard trucks could be attached, were made by an aftermarket maker, not Altas.

They were simply pushed into the hole having a snug fit and they were drilled and tapped for 2-56 screws. Sadly, that hole was not always on center!

I still have some but the label from the package they were in is long gone. I can't say where they came from, other than I had bought them through a model rail magazine ad in the late 1970's.

Ed Bommer

Tom-
Dempsey

Posts: 108
Post Re: updating old kits
on: October 9, 2019,
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Petersen's maybe??

Martin
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Posts: 866
Post Re: updating old kits
on: October 9, 2019,
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Expecting today's Atlas to support parts for cars from the 70's is pretty unrealistic. As for modern Atlas cars, I'm unaware of there being any problems mounting trucks.

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raybaumill-
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Posts: 396
Post Re: updating old kits
on: October 12, 2019,
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EdB,
Dont know if u look at the o scale resource but in the sept/October 2018 issue on pg 34 to 36 George Podas has some nice looking B&O steam locos. Take a look and tell us what u think as a B&O guy.
RAy

raybaumill-
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Posts: 396
Post Re: updating old kits
on: October 13, 2019,
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EdB,
In regard to atlas a fount of info as usual. Seems it's worse than first thought.

Imagine fridgidare building a refrigerator where a vital component isn't available as a spare part from them. U would have to go to some chicom garage shop on the mainland of red China for this part or ur fridgidare refrigerator would be a fridgidare hunk of junk. Just plain ignorant and arrogant not to supply this vital part.

I tried to post this yesterday but encountered a malfunction. I did want to look to see what the current cars are using to hold the trucks on but forgot.

But I reiterate, an email and snail mail campaign to remedy this situation until they relent and show a bit of respect for those buying their chicom stuff is in order.
RAy.

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