Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

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SPSteam2491
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Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

Post by SPSteam2491 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:46 pm

In addition to the ride astride car kits, I am working on reefer car kits based on the Pacific Fruit Express reefers of the 1920's-1950's. These kits will be the wood siding with wood roof version of the 1920's but can be easily converted to the steel ends and steel roof versions that you see during the 1940's & 1950's. (See the preliminary picture below)

The kits are designed to be easy to assemble but will require more work than the ride astride kits but will have multiple detail options to allow the user to determine their level of detail.

The following PFE class reefers are versions from which these kits could be made into:
R-30-1 to R-30-6
R-30-11 to R-30-14
R-40-1 to R-40-4
R-40-6
R-40-8
Many of the PFE rebuilts from the 1940's.
And more.

I will be making the kits for both 1½" and 1" scale. I am looking to gauge interest in each scale to help determine build quantities and to get a good price point. The 1½" cars will use many of the detail parts already provided by Precision Steel Car and I am working on sourcing for the 1" scale detail parts. Please comment below or send a PM if you are interested. I am looking to complete the design and have pricing by December with a product launch of January 2019.

And don't forget to check out the two Ride Astride Cars:
1" Version: http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/vie ... 0&t=107211
1½" Version: http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/vie ... 0&t=106731
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Re: Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

Post by Mike Walsh » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:53 pm

Color me interested. I'd love to see an actual photo of said car prior to any commitment. I have been building my caboose with individually applied stripwood... And I think I'm going to love the look. Hopefully this will be comparable!

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Re: Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

Post by SPSteam2491 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:58 pm

Mike, I plan on having a prototype built by Thanksgiving and I will post pictures of that when it is completed. I will make sure to take construction photos as I go and share those as well.

I am planning on having the kits offered with an option to do individual boards (possibly even miniature tongue and groove too) for those that want to make the car prototypical. The standard offering will be scribed sides to keep the cost down.

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Re: Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

Post by hoppercar » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:17 pm

I would be interested in an 1 1/2 scale reefer...

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Re: Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

Post by one_inch_railroad » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:44 am

I know my friend Mark and I would be interested in a few 1" scale ones, once we see what the completed prototype looks like and cost etc.

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