Frisco Wood Caboose - HO AMB Laser Cut Kit

Discussion in 'Manufacturers and Vendors' started by Rick McClellan, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    We still have several HO Frisco wood caboose kits made by American Model Builders for sale. These cabooses were designed from actual Frisco blueprints and feature

    Two cupola (steel or slanted wood)
    Two roof stsyles (canvas or steel)
    Two end door styles
    Peel and stick construction on most components
    Prototypical end ladders

    The kit does not include trucks, couplers, decals, paint or weights.

    This kit retails for $46.95 but Frisco.org members can buy them for $35. An added bonus is that each kit will include a set of Railgraphics decals FREE. This set of decals will enable you to letter your caboose in one of four different lettering styles. Two of the four lettering styles can be seen below

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    Shipping is $6 for the first kit and add $1 for each additional kit in the order. Send a check or money order to

    Rick McClellan
    PO Box 860445
    Shawnee, KS 66286
     
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  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Are these too modern for the late teens to mid 20s?
     
  3. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Howdy Jim,

    These cabooses are perfect for the late teens to mid 20's. Use the old style wooden cupola and you've got what the Frisco used during the period. The instructions are included in the kit for both styles and periods.

    Best,
    mike
     
  4. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Terry, you can do either with the same kit. The ladders are wood and quite fragile. My attempts to do ladders from brass were not successful - but that was just my poor modeling skills. The only soldering needed are for the end platform hand rails and the cupola roof hand rails. Jigs and Tix help. Consider the kit a craftsman level - they certainly aren't "shake the box." I built five of them. The RTR from Walthers is almost as good and come with interior details. Neither have the end-platform whistles. Doug
     
  5. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    The wood ladders can be strengthened by allowing thin CA (like Zap-CA) to wick into the wood. This is a R/C airplane modeler trick to make balsa as hard as plastic.
     
  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I want one. Would Walthers have the correct trucks? I need one for my Zalma branch but appropriate decals may be a booger to get.
     
  7. John Sanders

    John Sanders Member

    Jim,

    Take a look at Art Griffin's decal line. No Frisco caboose decals, but some of the freight car decals (Frisco System coonskin box car, or Frisco Line gondola decals) might work for a pre 1920 caboose.

    http://www.greatdecals.com/Griffin.htm

    John Sanders
     
  8. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    If you can't get them from Rick, Laserkit still lists kit 863 on their on-line catalog:

    http://www.laserkit.com/laserkit.htm

    $46.95 MSRP
     
  9. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I recommend contacting Rick via PM - I believe he has quite a few left.
     
  10. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Kit availability is no issue. Modelers will simply have to decide if they want to pay $35 for kit+decals or $47 without decals.

    Each kit come with a two pages of history and two pages of prototype photos.

    Frisco experts (not me) recommend the Tichy Bettendorf Dbl Leaf Spring Truck. It is Tichy # 3051 and sells for $2.95/pair or $15.50 for 10 (I like the bulk pack). I also recommend Intermountain 33" wheelset to complete a winning truckset for your caboose. All good hobby stores should have these trucks in stock. This is the url for the Tichy website in case you don't have a good hobby store.

    http://www.tichytraingroup.com/index.php?page=view_category.php&category=Freight+Car+Parts&offset=25
     
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  11. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    The laserkit site says the #863 wooden Frisco kit represents a 1938-194? Prototype? What would make it earlier, just using the wood cuploa?
     
  12. pensive

    pensive Member Frisco.org Supporter

  13. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Rick, check's in the mail. Woohoo!
     
  14. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Got my wood caboose kit and it looks like it's going to be a blast to build it. It even has a photo showing a version dated back to 1922, just what I needed! The decals look outstanding as well. I'll be using the early "FRISCO LINES" version of course. Thanks, Rick.
     
  15. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Excellent. I hope you will get a photo or two posted when you are done.
     
  16. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    You can count on that.
     
  17. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    I have made a ladder negative to scale to etch the caboose ladders out of brass. I have the brass coated with the photo etchant, but I have to buy a bigger glass casarole tray before I can etch them. I will let everyone know if I am seccessful.
    Richard
     
  18. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Good luck. Are modeling early or later safety ladders?
     
  19. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    I am modelling the ladder from the AMB Laser Cut Kit.
    Richard
     
  20. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Me too. The instructions allow for making them in an earlier version(1922). I'm going to backdate mine a bit to fit my era. I was just curious.
     

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