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Thread: Building an HO "Central Valley Model Works" Stock Car Kit.

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    Default Building an HO "Central Valley Model Works" Stock Car Kit.

    I am in the process of building my 5th Central Valley Model Works Stock Car kit <http://www.shop.cvmw.com/StockCarKit-1001.htm>. This kit is a little different, as it actually takes some building to produce, unlike the typical "Shake the Box' type of kit. Central Valley Model Works has modeled this kit after a Northern Pacific Proto Type and this kit will look very different than your typical Stock Car. Many where built by the Northern Pacific Shops, Laurel Montana, Como Shops in St. Paul Minnesota; or, the Ryan Car CO. of Ill. The cars had road numbers from 81000 to 83499.

    What you will notice mostly is that the cars had round roofs and where totally of wood construction; but, had steel undersides. It appears that most where build in the 1930s. There is at least one of these cars still in existence at the lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. I have seen it with my own eyes.

    The kit is very highly detailed, the designer, Jack Parker, who had been the owner of Central Valley Model Works was a Northern Pacific Modeler himself, so he took care to give the model some very nice detail. If your an HO modeler and model from 1930 to the transition, this kit will work good for you. If you model the Northern Pacific, so much the better! I will be taking photos and describing the build as I go along; so, come along for the ride if you'd like!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    I don't know how much, if any real interest in this building thread exists. I guess I will act like everyone is interested until I have made a few posts here and if it's obvious there isn't any interest, I might just quit posting and build the car silently, done in my dungeon, quietly enjoying that part of the hobby that really trips my trigger, building models!

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    The first photo above shows the main parts of the car, previous to assembly. The second photo shows the rest of the kit with all the small plastic parts still in their parts trees and the assembly instructions.
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    Mark D.

    Opinions given are my own and not meant to ruffle any feathers.
    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    Re-posted with photos below at Post #9.
    Last edited by NP2626; 12-18-2017 at 05:19 PM.
    Mark D.

    Opinions given are my own and not meant to ruffle any feathers.
    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    The number of views indicates that there is interest even if there are no posts.

    Willie

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    I agree with Willie and that most viewers will not post a comment about a Thread about building rolling stock, but find the building process interesting. We realize that doing a post on building a car kit is time consuming and thanks for your Thread.

    We can always learn something new by watching others.

    Greg
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    For some reason, I don't consider views and really should. Thanks for the suggestion, Willie!
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    Mark D.

    Opinions given are my own and not meant to ruffle any feathers.
    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    Mark:

    I have an old La Belle Russell snow plow kit that I purchased in the late 70's or early 80's. I have never built a wooden car kit, but will do this kit at my cabin some summer and take my time. I enjoy seeing craftsmanship like rolling stock built in contests at shows and swap meets.

    A co-worker of mine started this kit just before I purchased mine and he never completed it. He collected hundreds of Blue Box kits and Athearn locomotives, but never had a layout.

    Greg
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    THE MILWAUKEE NORTHERN

    Transporters of Wood, Coal, Ore and Anything Else

    Est. 1983

    HO Scale

    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Where the SOO, Milwaukee Road, C&NW and Wisconsin Central Meet


    Charter Member of the Fallen Flags Model Railroad Club

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    Looks like a fun kit! Can't wait to see the finished product.
    Ian

    Modeling my own reality: Cole River...

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    Moving along, photos 1 and 2 show two of the other Central Valley Model Works Stock Cars I have built.

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    n the third photo, I am gluing one of the car ends to the roof. These Central Valley Model Works kits are slightly different than an Athearn Blue Box or Accurail kit, in that you need to glue the sides and ends to the roof, as opposed to the sides ends and roof all being one part. this means that you need to be careful gluing parts into their correct positions and that they are square. Here I have jigged some metal rectangle squares I made when I was a tool and die maker. Home made squares are not necessary and other things can be used to jig the parts while the glue sets.
    Mark D.

    Opinions given are my own and not meant to ruffle any feathers.
    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    I've only built a few car kits but it was last of fun. Looking forward to watching

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