Remembering the Rutland - Modeling the Rutland
Rutland 40-Series Vans
I have always been a fan of cabooses (I started my railroad career as a brakeman) and as a Rutland modeler I wanted to have models of the different classes that ran on the Rutland. My collection consisted of the four window version offered by Funero & Camerlengo, a couple of New York Central-style brass imports and #36 which was imported by Overland Models. Missing from the roster were the 40-series wooden cabooses. I was unable to track down any commercial models of this class so I set out to scratchbuild my own. I knew that I would probably want more than one so I decided to build a "kit" in order that I could make several if I wanted. In this way I would not have to repeat many of the tedious steps more than once. The following is an outline of how I went about this task.
I had no plans at the time so I took all of the overall dimensions from the Overland model and used photos for adding details to the model. Naturally, just as the paint was drying on the last model I received my Newsliner and there were plans for the caboose I had just finished. Thankfully most of the dimensions were quite close and there was no need to worry.
MASTERS AND MOLDS
I made masters for the floor, sides, sub roof and running boards from styrene and wood. The cupola, ends and steps were copied from the four window caboose. Once the parts were fabricated they were glued to .080" styrene, as were the other resin parts I was going to use. A box was built around the parts and filled with Dow HS 2 RTV rubber. Once this cured I removed the dam and I had molds for all the major parts needed to build my cabooses. The parts were then cast in resin. On the sides I cast in Nut-Bolt-Washer castings for the railings but only made plain openings for the windows as I intended to add Grandt Line outfit car windows later. I will not go into detail on constructing all the masters as it would take pages.
I decided to build three cars to start with (once finished I doubt if I will build any more for a while). Here is an outline of the construction process and how the cars went together.
PAINTING AND LETTERING
GREEN and YELLOW CABOOSE
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