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ROCK ISLAND AUTO RACK FROM WALTHERS HO SCALE KIT
By Mike Daniels
M odify the sides of the basic rack, extend the individual panels, and cre ate a replica of this Rock Island auto rack.

T his Rock Island auto rack di ffers from the prototypes for the Walthers H O scale and Con-Cor N scale models. The tops of each of the vertical posts on both these kits termi nate in a T-shaped support for the roof rai l . On this proto type, the vertical supports l ack that T s h a p e d s u p p o r t . The s i d e s o n t h e Schaefer k i t (shown in the June 1 992 issue of " The Journal") m atch the Rock I s l a n d car, but I preferred the detail and size of the Walthers model. I used two kits; the second kit supplied

t he extra side panels needed. Use a rectangular file to remove the ends of the T-shaped su pports for the sides before pai nti ng or assembl ing the model . U s e a razor saw t o remove t h e top ribs from all the large panels on both k its as shown in the drawings. Use the razor again to remove the top rib from one set of large panels. The goal here is to make new large side panels that will not have the notched upper corners. Test-fit the panels as you make each cut to be sure the panels completely fill the openings in the sides. Remove the top two rows of ribs (one raised rib and one lowered rib) from all the small side panel s. Remove the next

pair of raised and lowered ribs from one set of side panels. Cement that set of two ribs to the tops of the first set of small panels. The goal is to fill the small open ings with the modified panels. Paint the model before instal l i ng the side panels. I mixed equal parts Floquil 1 1 0056 GN B l ue and 1 1 00 1 1 Reefer White for the Rock Island Blue and used 1 1 0 1 00 O l d S i l v e r for t h e roof and 1 10 1 44 Platinum Mist for the sides. The decals are a combination of Herald King F-5 4 l ( for the fl at car side s i l l s) and Microscale 8 1 7 and 87-705 for the upper portion of the sides and ends.
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Remove Shaded Rib

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Replace with a

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Full width raised rib from extra side panel

(one raised & one lowered)

Remove first two rows off small side panel

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Replace with a full width raised & lowered row from extra sides

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stock Walthers side panel (large)

modified

stock Walthers side panel (small)

modified

Remove the shaded "tee" portions of vertical supports

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Put in new modified side panels

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