From: "Joseph A DOT Braun" joebraun AT optonline DOT net
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 11:33:49 -0400
Subject: Rapido cars
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First, many thanks to Randy, Schuyler, Bill (Botkin) and anyone I am
forgetting for your constructive and helpful recent research re the issue of
accurate Pullman window arrangements.
I just outshopped five Rapido coaches and wanted to share a quickly taken
(depth of field could be better) photo of them for those who might wonder
how a train of them would look. Whatever the cars lack in total accuracy,
they make for a nice-looking train.
I have made the three quick modifications I noted in an earlier post:
1. Replace the wheelsets with Reboxx Item 36-1-0.960
2. Add that little washer under any washerless truck.
3. Slice off the rear of a Kadee #58 coupler pocket/cover and the front lip
of the cover and replace the stock coupler and draft gear box with the #58
assembly. That gives a tad more close coupling.
The biggest challenge we face with these cars is color matching. They are of
a different gray color base than the Rivarossi's we might have lying around
and they will probably be equally different from any custom-painted
passenger cars we have. It will be a challenge to make other cars look like
genuine siblings to the Rapidos and not just oddly different step-cousins.
The P2K Es and PAs look quite fine up front even with a darker color cast;
but that can easily be weathered away. It is not so easy to alter
differently colored streamlined passenger cars so that they really seem to
Any of us with the neat JJL diners and tavern-lounges will have to be very
careful in color-matching and will have to decide in the process whether to
match for the Rapidos or for the Rivarossi's. I have a similar apprehension
regarding any sleepers that Walthers would paint for EL: besides aiming for
correct window arrangements, an equally crucial issue would be the shade of
gray - certainly not a third version. I had a similar problem with a UP
"City" set I have been assembling. All of them are Rivarossi's that I will
modifiy but I lacked a flat-end dome obs (the Rivarossi flat-end obs lacks a
dome). So Walthers came out with one but the Armour Yellow color base is so
anemically different that it will not "work" unless repainted.
On a closing note, I was away for over two weeks helping with a new
granddaughter. I hardly missed my breakfast NYTimes -- but I sure was
>>>HAPPY<<< to be able to hit the List Digest every AM on my son's
computer!!...it kinda just makes the day!!