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So this thing must be ancient cause I can't find it exactly on the web. It's a SP #340653 gondola. Once again this is either new or new but opened and fingered. I don't think it's used. Local HS for $30. It has the same problems or similar to the other one which was UP. On one side the "cut release" (?) is loose in the box. And now there are 2 half mooned shaped items the size of ants as well floating in the box. I have no idea where these go.

Finally along the top, either side are these wavy metal strips -- they are loose.

Other than this I think it's pretty nice overall. (finally found a pic)

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Definitely but I can hardly see the pieces and attachment points. I have no idea where the little half moon items go. I do have a magnifier with some alligator clips attached to metal stand... Which might help overall.
I think I need a better solution.
 

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Hey there's a picture there. Look more closely. In all semi-seriousness.... They are so tiny my camera can't pic them up with any fidelity to be useful. Maybe I can take a pic through a magnifying glass.
 

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I thought that but don't see an obvious mount pt on the trucks or chassis.
 

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Those appear to be pipe chocks, to prevent a long, large diameter pipe load from rolling side to side......similar to airplane wheel chocks to keep the plane from rolling......

Google "pipe chock" to see more examples....
 

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I've some new exactrail on the way, maybe it's changed but there's no diagram in these boxes. That'd be nice. I'll look more closely at them again tomorrow...
 

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And we have a winner, Cid is right -- brake shoes. It took me a long time to realize that there are these behind each wheel on each truck -- and two are missing. They are on the inside of each wheel. I'm not sure I can get these pieces back on without popping a wheel unit off. No pic, very hard to see.... maybe with the magnifier again later.
 

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Haha, it's amazing that they are separately applied detail parts!!
I don't own any, but I'm kind of impressed by ExactRail... (y)
 

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That's why i wanted to try them. i had heard about them and just happened to notice the local hobby store had a few (on their website since they are not open for walk in). Anyway just wanted to try it & send a little business to them. But then ordered 3 direct as the local store is not a regular stocker of such items -- coming i think by trained worm from wherever they source them out of -- which appears to be Utah.

What i see is a lot of small detail even in places you cannot see very well (one might argue -- what's the pt of that?!). The shoes appear as one piece on the bottom of the trucks but that's the paint doing that. Apparently they are placed by hand & separate -- or at least on this generation release which I think may be a little old.

I'll check the new ones when they arrive -- it's a small detail. Kind of interesting really but I have no sense at all about whether this is common on all types. To me some kind of hydraulic disc brake in the axle center would be a little more intuitive & easy to get to and service.

Another brand I'd like to see up close is Tangent. The Scaletrains rolling stock may be another.
 

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Tangent is indeed a very nice product, especially their tank cars, outstanding detail!

I like Tangent cars better that Exactrail, but both are great.....
 
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