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Date: 08/06/19 19:15
Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: rapidotrains

Hi all,

We received our final samples of the 3800 cu. ft. hopper, new tooling. These are ready to start production next week. As mentioned in the newsletter, the order deadline is August 12th. Mike snapped these shots today soon after they showed up.

More info here: 3800 Web Site

I'm no freight car expert but I'm impressed! :-D 

-Jason
 








Date: 08/06/19 19:41
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: DKay

Beautiful.Got mine ordered.
Regards,DK



Date: 08/06/19 21:33
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: CSX602

They look very nice...   
Now if I could only sell most of the defective first run cars to buy the "new and improved" second run cars...



Date: 08/07/19 00:35
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: needles_sub

What about the stand alone double stack cars?

Posted from Android



Date: 08/07/19 06:38
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: rapidotrains

needles_sub Wrote:
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> What about the stand alone double stack cars?
>
> Posted from Android

Those are on a boat and will be here in less than two weeks.

-Jason
 



Date: 08/07/19 08:45
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: toledopatch

Is there going to be a future run of the round-hatch cars in the CP Rail Multimark scheme?



Date: 08/07/19 12:43
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: obsessedfoamer

Dude, you guys need to do some more hoppers! American stuff :)



Date: 08/07/19 14:37
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: SPDRGWfan

I can't agree more, but Jason has a duty to all his fellow hosers who have been long suffering with US stuff masquerading as Canadian for uncounted years.
That said, us folks south of the border would always love some of that Rapido goodness where ever possible!



Date: 08/07/19 16:05
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: rapidotrains

We'd love to do American covered hoppers but that market is very crowded. It seems there is another covered hopper announcement every couple of months. 

-Jason



Date: 08/07/19 20:36
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: grahamline

We see lots of Canadian hoppers in the Pacific Northwest. They come down the UP Washy line (ex-Spokane International) into Hinkle OR and move west to Portland.  Grain and potash. I do hope A****** buys one and studies the side panel assembly method.



Date: 08/08/19 12:07
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: retcsxcfm

The air hose looks a little weak.

Uncle Joe
Seffner,Fl.



Date: 08/08/19 12:14
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: SPDRGWfan

They do look thin.



Date: 08/08/19 22:01
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: SantaFeRuss

needles_sub Wrote:
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> What about the stand alone double stack cars?
>
> Posted from Android

For Real? Nice!

I'll have to look into those. The Cylindrical hoppers look nice!

SantaFeRuss
 



Date: 08/09/19 11:11
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: PHall

Those air hoses are nothing that a real rubber hose from Hi-Tech Details can't fix.
And being rubber and flexible they're damage resistant too!



Date: 08/10/19 06:31
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: M630

Very nice job. How about semi-scale wheels?



Date: 08/10/19 11:09
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: CSX602

M630 Wrote:
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> Very nice job. How about semi-scale wheels?

Regular wheels are fine...  I don't want to pay extra for something not all modelers want...
After all, trains are meant to be viewed from the sides, not end view (that's normally trespassing).



Date: 08/10/19 18:54
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: Hookdragkick

Love the round hatch covers. Do you know who manufacturers them in 1:1? I recently seen the for the first time on a derailed ACF hopper, but do not recall ever seeing them available for 1:87. Props for new tooling! It's be nice to have them available as a seperate part. 



Date: 08/10/19 20:52
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: rapidotrains

CSX602 Wrote:
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> M630 Wrote:
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> > Very nice job. How about semi-scale wheels?
>
> Regular wheels are fine...  I don't want to pay
> extra for something not all modelers want...
> After all, trains are meant to be viewed from the
> sides, not end view (that's normally trespassing).

There are always opportunities to improve a model with rubber air hoses, semi-scale wheelsets, scale couplers, etc. One of the things I enjoy most is seeing how people "use and abuse" our models with extra details, incredible weathering, or sometimes kitbashing them into something we didn't expect at all.

-Jason
 



Date: 08/10/19 22:21
Re: Final samples of 3800 cu. ft. hopper
Author: CSX602

Yes, if somebody wants to create a diarama piece that never has to operate on a less-than-perfect model railroad, then I can see using semi-scale wheels...   However those of us who have to opertae on less than perfect layouts (like club layouts or modular layouts) don't want to pay extra for a car that will not be as good operationally (or have to pay extra plus then convert to better operational wheels).  That's my point...

Better details are okay, but when they cross the line into compromising operations (like semi-scale wheels do) then that's something many modelers don't want to see.



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