HO Scale Model Railroad Freight Car Construction Tips:
Intermountain Railway Company ACF Type 27 8,000 Gallon Riveted Tank Car
Drill #71 in the four holes on the bottom of the body where the tank mounts (m) are attached.
Drill #72 in the following:
The holes for the 4 end-mounted grab irons.
The holes that you will need to make for the 4 side-mounted grab irons. Make a paper template based on the end holes.
The ladder mounting holes on the walkways.
The 8 holes in the body that are for the Dome Platform Brackets.
File, cut, sand and/or shave off most of the mounting pads on the bottom part of the body. Take them down until the center is flush with the body.
CONSTRUCTION TIPS: [STEP ] refers to the same steps listed in the Intermountain instructions.
STEP 1b NOTE.
Yes, do the handrail now.
STEP 2b. Triple Valve
Don't push the triple valve so far that it bends the two side supports.
STEP 3d. Glad Hands
Cut about 1/32" off the end that goes under the bolster.
STEP 3j. Ladders
Cut the top mounting pins in half.
Mount the ladders in the walkway holes and glue from the underside.
Then mount the top into the holes on the handrail. Cut off the rest of
the ladder pins that protrude from the bottom of the walkway.