G Scale Model Train Forum banner
1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Senior JOAT
Joined
·
736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Phil recently started shipping his Drop Bottom Gondola.

I just finished the model and it's ready for the paint shop.







I weathered the boards with an alcohol/India ink mixture prior to assembly. I will leave the inside as is and only paint the outside.

Phil's kits are well engineered and sturdy enough even for an oaf like me to operate in the garden. While his instructions are always first rate, he has REALLY outdone himself this time with lots of pictures to accompany the step by step directions. The castings are clean and only require minimal clean up. While it's definitely not a shake the box kit, it goes together very nicely. I sure had fun putting this one together.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
687 Posts
Very nice Bruce ... the Northland RR can sure use a few of the drop bottom gons.

Many of Phil's kits duplicate cars offered by AMS in rtr platic or by Hartford in their superb quality kits. I can well agree with Bruce, Phil puts together a very solid kit that builds to a car that will withstand day to day use. His kits are laser cut so the wood parts go together precisely and there is no frustration at all. i have enjoyed the kits I have built.

Regards ... Doug
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,746 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
117 Posts
Posted By NTCGRR on 06/08/2008 6:25 PM
I've herad of drop end, but how does an old wood drop bottom work??




As you can see in the photos of the model, there were six sections on each side of the car. Six doors on each side were hinged along the center sill of the car and raised and lowered by chains attached to the side of the door opposite the hinge. The chains wound around a shaft on the outside of the car and were controled by the rachet handles on the end. Three doors were ganged together so there were four separately operable sets of doors.

I've got Phil's kit, and while I haven't had time yet to build it, it looks to be another superbly engineered kit. I also have (and built) one of Don Winter's drop bottom gons that could best be described as the inspiration for Phil's kit as he has improved greatly on the fidelity of the kit to the prototype. His new castings also are much better detailed than Don's which had some ingenious touches (laminated plastic rachet handles), but wasn't as sturdy as Phil's.
 

·
Senior JOAT
Joined
·
736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Very solid, Chuck. Nothing moves, which is the way I prefer. I'm amazed at how well engineered the kit is.

I built one of Don's kits.

They were nice and solid as well, but Phil has really outdone it this time.
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top