It has been a while since I modeled On30 and I'm glad to be back in it. What I am discovering is that while I was tinkering with HO, the size on On30 cars shrank! My fleet is now too long as compared to the newer 18' cars that are available. So, I guess I need to acquire a few and work with them.
Mail! I love to get mail. Believe it or not this little envelope is a kit! My first 18' car in On30. I ordered this from Keith Wiseman of Wiseman Model Services at http://www.wisemanmodelservices.com/ over his Ebay store. Just search for Wiseman Models. Keith is located at 898 Black's Cross Road, Paris, Kentucky 40361or 859-4848-9573. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kit is the On30 WISEMAN / YORKE 18' WOOD FLAT CAR W/ STAKE POCKETS. Thomas Yorke is a friend of mine in Atlanta and a very talented designer of kits. I ordered the car on 11/12 and received it on 11/14, which is great considering I live in Utah. The kit was adequately packaged. An email was sent to Keith to ask which couplers I should use on this, but I didn't get a response. The kit cost $24.95 which I thought was fair considering it has trucks included. The shipping was $5.00, but since the stamp was $2.07 I thought it was a bit high.
The kit comes in a resealable bag. I'm not crazy about this for resin castings as they can bend and warp. Would much rather have a box.
The parts consist of resin cast body, metal wheels, and injection molded details. So far they all look clean and crisp.
The instructions are a bit cryptic to say the least. He even admits it in writing. If you haven't built a lot of craftsman type kits before you will probably fail. Hopefully, we'll finish the kit here and you can see step by step how to finish it.
Opening the packaging I can see two clean and detailed flat car parts; a frame and top side. The trucks are in in kit form in a separate bag, and the detail parts are in another bag. There are three loose brass rods for the underside.
Anybody have a coupler recommendation?
Maybe I can get started on this tomorrow...we'll see.