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Hey guys. Thought Id start a build thread for this. Im not sure if this is the best forum to post this but if it isnt the staff is welcome to move it.

Going to build this GN HO caboose for my future layout. With any luck at all its going to have working lights too. Everythings here but the decals. Aiming for a mid to late 30s version so it will have to be modded somewhat and will have paint adjustments made.

No guarantees how fast or slow this happens but Ill check in with progress from time to time.



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Ive decided I will build the 1940 version after all just because I prefer the look of it.
Thats what the kit is so it wont require the mods. Just the proper combo of decals (which im accidentally going to have 3 sheets to use from now!) Itll be left with fresh paint and little weathering, like it practically just left the shop with its updates.

Couple more things on the way for this project. Im replacing the metal trucks with nice plastic ones to avoid the risk of electrical shorts. I also have some wheel wiper pickups shipping at this time. I like these because of the perfectly sized insulators which allow for power off of all wheels instead of only using one side on each truck. Should work real well.
Have an interior kit and reference sheets ordered from GNRHS and on the way. Should have some time next week. Hope to hit the ground running. Will likely be modeling x582 but not in stone yet.

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Ive decided I will build the 1940 version after all just because I prefer the look of it.
Thats what the kit is so it wont require the mods. Just the proper combo of decals (which im accidentally going to have 3 sheets to use from now!) Itll be left with fresh paint and little weathering, like it practically just left the shop with its updates.

Couple more things on the way for this project. Im replacing the metal trucks with nice plastic ones to avoid the risk of electrical shorts. I also have some wheel wiper pickups shipping at this time. I like these because of the perfectly sized insulators which allow for power off of all wheels instead of only using one side on each truck. Should work real well.
Have an interior kit and reference sheets ordered from GNRHS and on the way. Should have some time next week. Hope to hit the ground running. Will likely be modeling x582 but not in stone yet.

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maybe i did not read it right but how do you get electric from the tracks with wipes off plastic wheels???
 

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maybe i did not read it right but how do you get electric from the tracks with wipes off plastic wheels???
The new trucks are plastic. I installed metal wheels into them.

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Well its underway. I cut out the subwalls for it tonight and glued them together. (Then it officialy hit me how small a 25' HO caboose is. )





After a dry fit, I used Titebond original wood glue. Its good stuff but you dont have alot of working time with it. Especially when applying it thin.

I applied glue with a toothpick to the tabs and slapped the walls together quickly. Good tight fit. Was careful not to glue the walls to the floor so the body can lift off later. I then applied some extra glue to the corners inside to beef it up a bit.

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Then I cut out the roof formers and glued them in place. Everything is so smooth and flush so far I dont think Im going to bother sanding the joints.





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Next, the laser etched balsa side panels are cut out. They have an adhesive backing.





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First the ends. You can lay it down lightly to get things lined up and then final press in across surface. The ends required very minor sanding at a couple locations to get them flush.
Then I blew it off with a can of air and applied the sides.





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Looking good. Thanks for taking the time to post progress pictures.
Thanks! Yeah its real easy snapping pics with my phone and posting them using tapatalk along the way. Dont have to move from the bench. Its interesting for my own reference too. Hopefully it ends up being a decent review of the products involved.
So far this Laserkit is awesome. The parts are cut to extremely close tolerances considering the materials.

Back at it soon.....

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Ok, cupola sides are cut out. They get pressed together as well. Heres one side installed and the rest waiting to be joined.



Then the ends slide in real nice against the side windows.





While trying to get that last shot in good light it fell off the bench and bounced on the floor! It was only a matter of time. Managed to bend and nearly break 3 out of the 4 roof braces sticking out at the corners. We'll see how this screw up plays out.

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Cupola installed. Did what I could to glue the thin side ends sticking out. The adhesive backing they have saved them for the most part.



As things get added I continue to think about at what point would be best to start priming and painting. Im going to do it before windows are added.

May have to look ahead at how many adhesive items are left. I dont want to prime a base that needs a sheet attached such as the roof.

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For now, going to keep installing. I dropped the floor out and believe I can still paint fine with the base roof sections on. These are nicely laser etched for interior detail simulating boards, even on the inside.




Here they are set in place. These get glued down. Keep in mind the top surface of these are not the finished surface. They fit perfectly in the previously installed roof former slots.



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Glued contact spots. Also glued around the top edge of the body.



And the roof his held into its curved shape with rubber bands as it dries.



The sheets gave me a surface to brace the pieces of trim that bent. I wont win any awards for the glue job but they shouldnt be going anywhere now.


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Used a pipette to add a little insurance glue around the inside edges. Low visibility areas and I dont want any small area popping up on me down the road.



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Next, cut out the roof ends. Theyll help hold the shape of the roof. Theres holes that have to go the right way for ladders. The directions dont mention this.





In the next step I see I get to cut out what theyre calling letterboards. Rails that run along under edge of roof which will cover up the ends that got bent. Thankfully.

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Letterboard strips with adhesive backing. Not the smallest trim pieces involved by far.



Have been dragging my feet while glue dried. Might let it sit for a while before I take off the rubberbands. Even though they probably could come off right now, theres no need to rush it.

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