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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...
2019 Mini-Kit: Illinois Central Single Sheathed Boxcar

2019 Mini-Kit: Illinois Central 16000-series Boxcar

At this year’s event, IC Mini-kits that were mastered by Frank Hodina, cast by Tom Madden, with decals drawn by Ken Soroos, were gifted to the first 100 early bird registrants. An N scale kit was also produced by Mike Skibbe for the first 25 N scale attendees....