Today we'll wrap up the swap meet report and follow up with the building of the Bowser PRR H-21 coal hopper kits.
Some Pennsy H-21 info:
The H-21 is a 70 ton quad hopper that was introduced in 1911 for coal service. Approximately 30,000 of these hoppers were built between 1911 and 1917. During 1922 and 1923 the Pennsy expanded the H-21 hopper fleet to 36,000 cars . The H-21's were built with clam shell hopper doors. During the 1930's and early 1940's the clam shell doors were replaced with the saw tooth hoppers.
Round Keystone lettering was introduced in January 1930 and lasted until June 1954. The shadow keystone arrangement was used from June 1954 thru 1958. In 1958 the cars were painted black, the Pennsylvania was relocated and 7" PRR initials were added.
But wait! There's more! In 1971 the Penn Central Sam Rea shops reclassed 602 Pennsy H-21 hoppers 135524-139811 to PC class H5, 432350-432951 from December 1970 thru March 1971 after extensive repairs and modifications. They did not however qualify for AAR rebuilt status.
About 543 of the newly classed H5s made it to Conrail! That's sixty years of revenue service!
Lets get to the model building;
Last installment we left the newly washed parts drying and ready for assembly.
The kits are back in their respective boxes to keep them organized during the build process.
Plastruct Bondene and Super Glue will be our adhesives for this project.
An upside down view shows the painted weights blending in nicely, the under frame is in place as are the hopper doors. Note: Install the 3 piece reservoir cylinder and triple valve set first. Put the weights in place and install the under frame. Then install the hopper doors. Looking at the coupler boxes we see two black sleeves to keep the Kadee couplers in place while using the kit supplied 0-80 screws.
The bar braces and main braces with gussets are glued in place with Plastruct Bondene. There is a shallow channel inside the car that will hold the braces in place. Apply some light squeezing pressure to keep the braces snug against the inner walls and then touch the braces with the Plastruct Bondene using the bottle brush. A little goes a long way here so don't get glue happy!
The Wine door locks are glued in place with super glue. Dab a little super glue at the receiving holes for the door locks and pres them into place. Again a little goes a long way here.
A finished H-21 car being tested against the Kadee height gauge. All four H-21 kits lined up very nicely with the gauge which was nice.
PRR 177160 has been sprayed with Testors Dullcote. The coal load has been spray painted with flat black and the trucks have been spray painted with brown primer. The wheel faces were brush painted with acrylic burnt umber.
The four car set poses in Terminal Yard.
The 177160 is featured on the hopper car boxes and here is the prototype and model.