2020 Announcement

UPDATE AUGUST 2020: Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois, large events cannot be held at this time. Frank has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 event. Look for a return in 2021. For the past four years Katie and I, plus a dedicated group of volunteers,...
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...