AMB Caboose kit questions

Discussion in 'Cabooses' started by Fred T, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Fred T

    Fred T Member

    I am wanting to use the AMB kit to make a copy of 876.

    1. Which trucks and couplers would be the best match?

    2. Are there detail parts available for things like the grab iron and ladder parts?

    3. Is the kit still available from Rick?

  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I'm not at home right now so I don't have any part numbers but for the trucks use Proto 2000 50 ton plankless trucks and #5 Kadee couplers. Detail Associates makes the caboose detail set but doesn't include the marker lamps and some grabs need to be modified a bit, nothing too difficult. I do believe there are more kits available. The kit includes ladders which are tricky to build but they look better than the plastic ladders that come with the Detail Associates detail kit in my opinion. Good luck.
  3. Fred T

    Fred T Member

    Truck frames appear to be right, but not the springs. 876 has flat springs.
  4. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Look at the Tichy #3051 caboose truck, plastic with leaf springs. Nicely done, can't beat the price - $2.95.

  5. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter


    I am beginning to build one of these AMB caboose kits. If you have built one in the past, I would appreciate a few photos to use as reference. In particular notes and examples of painting as well as detailing. Thanks all in advance for any help.

    -Bob T.
  6. nvrr49

    nvrr49 Member

    I have one to build, and would live to see some progress photos.

    Kent in KC
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  7. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Supporter Supporter

    Does the AMB caboose have the metal cupola or the older wooden cupola?

    Thanks, Tom G.
  8. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    It has the option of either. I plan to go with the metal cupola and target a ~1950 appearance.

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