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Thread: Athearn Blue BOX Tank Car Kits!

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    Default Athearn Blue BOX Tank Car Kits!

    I have added a few Athearn Blue Box Kits to my roster and have to say that these kits are very nicely done and build into great freight cars! However, they are almost 1/2 the weight that the NMRA recommends them to be. So, adding weight is paramount to there good running, as String Lining can occur with these cars if they are at the front of the train! Of all the Athearn Blue Box Cars that I have, I have to say I like the tank cars best! I have several petroleum single and triple dome tanks cars and several Chemical Tank Cars, which are my favorite!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    I don't think that there was a single Blue Box kit made that met NMRA weight standards. I glue pennies inside every one to bring it up to recommended standard. Pennies are a lot cheaper than the A-Line stick-on weights.

    Willie

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    Once I run out of shot gun BBs I will start using pennys, too!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    Here's a slightly modified 62' Athearn tank car.

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    Another work of art. Thanks Bob.
    Wayne

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    Bobby - Don't think that one needs any pennys added to it!
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    That is steeeeretched.
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    Bobby Pitts, Are you aware of the "NEW Rolling Stock: Kit, Kit Bash; or, Scratch Build Contest! " taking place here at the Model Railroad Forum, now? You have what would be a very nice entry, should you decide to enter!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    Thank you all for your nice comments. I'm not into contests, but thank you for mentioning it.

    Regards, Bobby

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    Quote Originally Posted by NP2626 View Post
    I have added a few Athearn Blue Box Kits to my roster and have to say that these kits are very nicely done and build into great freight cars! Of all the Athearn Blue Box Cars that I have, I have to say I like the tank cars best! I have several petroleum single and triple dome tanks cars and several Chemical Tank Cars, which are my favorite!
    I like the tank cars too, but have issues through time with the couplers "drooping". I don't think the coupler box cover was designed to handle the relatively heavy Kadee couplers. I've solved the issue in various ways, but don't really like any of those methods I've used. Has anyone else noticed this and if so how have you fixed it?

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