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ACF 50’ Exterior Post Box Car
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 01:03 PM UTC
Brent Arritt [ NORTH4003 ] knocks around Atlas'' master Line HO ACF 50’ Exterior Post Sliding Door Box Car of the Atlantic and Western Railway.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 01:09 PM UTC
Is this a ready to run kit, or in those dreaded words on Christmas Eve "some assembly required"?
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 01:24 PM UTC
I likes that modern freights




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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 07:30 PM UTC
The car is ready to run.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 07:36 PM UTC
Thanks. I dabble on the dark side with my grandson, so I'm trying to understand what's out there. I'm trying to find something between ready to run and full up assembly kits that he can put together He's too young, 7, to assemble the full ups, but I'd like to get him something to assemble so that he can gain some respect for the models.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 03:36 AM UTC

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Thanks. I dabble on the dark side with my grandson, so I'm trying to understand what's out there. I'm trying to find something between ready to run and full up assembly kits that he can put together He's too young, 7, to assemble the full ups, but I'd like to get him something to assemble so that he can gain some respect for the models.


Almost everything is ready-to-run these days. My kids have no trouble at 7 completing the classic Athearn "Blue Box" kits though. If you pick up one of those, you can build it together in a few minutes and they'll gather some self-confidence and comfort with tools (a small screwdriver) in the process.
-Sean H.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 04:46 AM UTC
Thanks, I was hoping for something where we just bolted the trucks on and were good to go. What I got was a shell, a floor, 4 sprues of intricately molded details that were a challenge for me just to get off the sprue, let alone attach. Mind you for less than $10 it was more challenging than some of the 1/72 Asian wonderkits at 10X the price.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 01:30 PM UTC
The inexpensive Tyco and Life-Like boxcars are basically snap-together kits.
A good exercise could be to disassemble then reassemble.
Or you can disassemble first then they can reassemble




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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 04:07 PM UTC
Mark,

Sounds like you might have bought a Branchline kit.

I concur with Sean - try an Athearn blue box model or even an old MDC/Roundhouse kit. Not much to them except a few twists of a screw driver and maybe 2-4 snap-on pieces.
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Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:23 PM UTC
I second Fred's suggestion, you can still find the older Athearn Blue Box Kits and MDC Roundhouse kits for around $6 at some hobby shops and train shows. They are now out of production but there is a significant amount that are out there. I just bought a dozen kits off a Yahoo Group HO Swap. A great group to deal with.
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Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 03:05 PM UTC
Also, much thanks to Brent for the subject at hand! Atlas makes good stuff. It's nice to see they're still keeping it up.
-Sean H
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Posted: Friday, March 07, 2014 - 03:23 AM UTC
Thanks guys, It think it was a Branchline kit (I'm about 200 miles away from the box at the moment). I'll keep an eye out for the other kits in my travels.
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Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 05:14 AM UTC
I took a few more photos of the ATW 50' Box Car they are here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/100645499@N04/sets/72157642056421974/
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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 03:18 PM UTC
Thanks, Brent