The engine I acquired on Ebay has a steel cab and is probably circa 1910, that's a little on the "new" side for Calamity. I'm not going to be a terrible stickler for accuracy, it is for a game after all, but I do want it to say wild west. So I need to back date the cab to something a big older. I checked the links I have on my blog and went over to Mount Blue Model Co. to check out what they had. That was a good first choice. They have a laser cut wood cab specifically for the Bachmann 4-4-0. I ordered that on the same day I paid for my American and throw in new wood cupola kit for one of my cabooses. The kits arrived yesterday before the engine arrived (hopefully the engine will be here today, maybe tomorrow, certainly by Monday).
I opened them up last night just to check them out and make sure everything was there. These are beautiful kits and they look like they will build up pretty easy. There are three "sprues" of wood parts for the cab. One of these is obviously pine and it is ultra thin, probably not much more than a millimeter in thickness. The other two "sprues" are a bit thinner and are 1/64th inch plywood, the cab sides will be built up in three layers using these parts. There is some interior detail as well but there should still be room for a couple of gunslingers in the cab.
Here are a few pictures of the components just to give you an idea of what makes up the kit.
|A "sprue" of 1/64" plywood|
|Another sprue of 1/64" plywood|
|The roof kit|
|These are the "metal boiler surround plates'. Essentially this is where the cab will be attached to the train's boiler.|
|Hard to see, but this package contains the bolt details pieces and the window glazing. I won't open this bag till I need it.|