Creating a Frisco Early Era Billboard Boxcar the Hard Way

Discussion in 'Boxcars' started by SAFN SAAP, Jan 29, 2013.


    SAFN SAAP Member

    Hello Y'all,

    Dueling Box Cars! In conjunction with Mr. James, we've decided to have some fun and do Frisco Billboard Box Cars his way and my way. I will be building a LaBelle 40' Frisco BillBoard Box Car 121014. I'll do it step by step, like Jim did his. Let's all have some fun and laugh a little.

    I'll start construction this afternoon.


    SAFN SAAP Member

    Construction will be delayed a day or two, as I have a picture of the 121014 coming. I need to confirm the height and doors on the car. Since this affects the end blocks and the proper spacing of the Queen Posts, Y'all are just gonna hafta wait a lil bit...LOL.


    SAFN SAAP Member

    Still waiting on the photo. I learned that there are some particulars about the 121xxx series, so I want to make sure I model it correctly. I will be starting with a LaBelle Illinois Central 40 foot car. Stay tuned.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Hey Y'all,

    I received the photograph of Frisco 121014 today and now I can proceed on building her. I will start with the basic LaBelle box car. I'll start later today on construction. Pics and write up for a blow by blow.

    Thanks for patience.


    (This car's master has already been made and casting in resin is slated for mid-March, with an availability of late April, early May)

    View attachment Frisco 121014.jpg
  5. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    That's the kind of boxcar I like! Looking forward to your build thread. "Start to finish" type build threads could just about use their own category. They're like mini clinics. I would like to see more folks do a photo thread of their projects.
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    SAFN SAAP Member

    A couple of observations of this car will require me to get some more parts to do it in wood. First the LaBelle style overhanging roof will not work. I need an inner roof from Northeastern. This is because this Frisco car has a rolled steel roof and the fascia board extends out from the roof, not under it. Second, I need to order up styrene to properly model the steel underframe. I apologize for the delay folks. I'll order the parts and get started as quickly as I can.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Time to start working on a Frisco Boxcar. I'm going to switch up a little and change to a Frisco 36' box car. One y'all have never seen before. Should be a treat to model. Stay tuned. I'll start building her tomorrow (later today) or on Friday.

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