Kitbashing and Detailing Articles
a Hocking Valley 70-ton Hopper
I have started to make some HV
70-ton hoppers good enough to "stand-in." I don't
have a finished product to photograph yet.
Start with an MDC Roundhouse No. 1485 three-bay hopper. The
size is about right, but it has one too many panels, if I recall
correctly. Cut out the center set of hopper doors and all the
brake equipment. Some of the exterior bracing must also be
removed to match existing photos.
Get a Bowser H22 hopper kit and remove each set of doors. Insert one
set of doors in the center area of the MDC body. Secure according to
your imagination. I'm using old sprue parts on the inside,
concealed by a coal load. One H22 kit will provide several
sets of doors.
The Crown trucks that came with the H22 look right. More
trucks are available from Bowser.
The split K brakes are available from Tichy Train.
This approach won't yield a perfect model, but one that is pretty
close. I'm not sure about the door locks. According to
the Westerfield site, the center door locks differed between the HV
and NYC versions of the 70-ton hopper.
It has been suggested that a resin mold be made of a completed
Westerfield model, to make a more accurate model more easily.
I have obtained a Westerfield No. 2102 HV hopper, but I'm a
"ways" from building it.
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27 Oct 2008 10:11:30
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