2020 Announcement

For the past four years Katie and I, plus a dedicated group of volunteers, have rejuvenated the “Naperville” RPM and hosted the RPM Chicagoland event through its 26th year. This is the first and longest running RPM conference, where we all have a chance to...
2018 Mini-Kit: FGEX 40ft Truss Rod Reefers

2018 Mini-Kit: FGEX 40ft Truss Rod Reefers

In 2018, the Mini-Kit was once again offered in HO, N, S, and O scales. Frank Hodina conceived the HO scale kit as a conversion of an Accurail 40ft wood reefer model into an FGEX 40ft truss rod car. Working off his queue, Mike Skibbe developed conversion parts for S...
2017 Mini-Kit: CGW 1937 AAR Boxcar

2017 Mini-Kit: CGW 1937 AAR Boxcar

The 2017 rendition of the Mini-Kit was offered in four different scales! First, Jason Kliewer’s 3D cad model of a Pullman Standard “Carbuilders” end was the basis for new resin ends in each scale. The ends were 3D printed, and then combined with...
2016 Mini-Kit: B&O M-15k

2016 Mini-Kit: B&O M-15k

2016 marked the return of the Mini-Kit to RPM Chicagoland. The car was a conversion of the Fox Valley Models B&O M-53 wagon top boxcar into an earlier M-15k rebuild. The M-15k’s featured a notched side sill, while resin conversion parts were developed with...