Tim, glad to hear from you. I was hoping to run my Maxi IV by now, but I
On a differerent note, Ed and I plan to run modules in the 2013 NTS in
Atlanta. Are you going to be there, and who is going to be in charge of the
z scale group. I also want to know if theres any other z scalers besides you
and Jeffrey White in Atlanta. :D
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:51 PM
Subject: [Z_Intermodal] Re: 53' Chassis [was: E&D MODELS 89' FLATS AND SPINE
Sorry for the lull, I've been pre-occupied tremendously with work. So many
hours I am currently running on 5 hour energy drinks! I dred having
anything to do with my hobbies right now for work burnout has me in its
grasp, but I want to write a little here.
E&D Models- They bought the molds and the brass masters from Alan Curtis
(from the UK). The marketing was not very well put together and by the time
E&D Models started casting the 89'ers and the 48'er spines, the market was
pretty much saturated with these. Now, having had time pass and newcomers
abounding in Z scale, the want/need/desire for E&D Models Intermodal might
be a rage again.
I have slowly been working on a 57' AP Spine car set. The modern era we
live in has only 53' and 57' Spines riding the rails. For this reason I
made the 57'ers!!!! I just need time and resources to get the ball rolling
with the project. I also have many other projects which in the next 2
months I should be able to re-start as work load at my permanent job will
slow down from 84+++ to only 40 hours. I am so looking forward to this
Maxi IV's are coming. What is a Maxi IV, well it is a modern multi-unit
wellcar specifically designed to carry the 53' containers. Matter of fact,
the Maxi IV is the most popular well car to carry 53' containers.
Burn-out has me drawing a blank on what else to add to this message. If
anyone has any questions, please post a message!!!!!
--- In Z_Intermodal@yahoogroups.com, "up_mike_v" <md13236@...> wrote:
> Thanks for the info Malcolm
> For the spine cars I was thinking of just using the New 40'containers you
> have now without the chassis and for the 89' using your 53' containers on
> a chassis.........
> --- In Z_Intermodal@yahoogroups.com, Malcolm Cleaveland <mcleavel@> wrote:
> > From Z_Intermodal@yahoogroups.com Sun Feb 5 08:07:07 2012
> > Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2012 14:07:05 +0000
> > From: Z_Intermodal@yahoogroups.com
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> > To: Z_Intermodal@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [Z_Intermodal] Digest Number 408
> > Z Intermodal
> > Messages In This Digest (1 Message)
> > 1.
> > E&D Models 89' flats and spine cars From: up_mike_v
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> > Message
> > 1.
> > E&D MODELS 89' FLATS AND SPINE CARS
> > Posted by: "up_mike_v" md13236@ up_mike_v, in Digest #408
> > On Sat Feb 4, 2012 8:05 am (PST)(Digest No. 408), "up_mike_v"
> > md13236@ wrote:
> > > Hey Guyz first post here I just got an email from Eric of E&D
> > > Models the other day I wasn't sure if he still had his
> > > intermodal stuff for sale. How well do these run?
> > > Also looking for a 53' chassis who makes those?
> > > Thanks Mike
> > Mike,
> > Since they are kits and you supply the trucks and couplers, you can
> > make
> > them run well. If you plan to do a lot of switching in classification
> > yards, you might want to use Micro-Trains truck mounted couplers and put
> > in metal wheelsets. You could also make bodymount couplers without too
> > much trouble if you have relatively large radius curves in your layout
> > for
> > the 89' flats. The 89' flats are unique at this time, although I think
> > AZL has these in the works. The spine cars are too short for modern 53'
> > trailers without overhang, but those are the only Z spine cars that I
> > have
> > ever seen. They'd be just fine if you are modeling the 60s, maybe the
> > 70s. You could make them work with 53' trailers, but we really need
> > longer spine cars for the 53s.
> > Speaking of trailers, I expected Micro-Trains to bring out Z scale
> > 53'
> > trailers (they produce N scale trailers), but it hasn't happened. What
> > do
> > you plan to put on your spine cars?
> > As for 53' chassis, I know of none that are available in Z at this
> > time.
> > SeaRails used to make 53' and 40' RP chassis along with Peterbilt
> > tractors
> > and they were good, but I don't think SeaRails makes them any more. I
> > could be wrong, check with SeaRails.
> > I have considered making etched nickel silver chassis with plastic
> > wheels to go with my line of containers, but am not convinced there is
> > enough demand to justify this. It would be expensive to get into
> > production and I figure I would have to sell at least 400 at $10 apiece
> > to
> > break even. I would love to be proven wrong about the size of the
> > demand,
> > but I've had too many people say, "Oh, I'd buy a bunch of so-and-so
> > container if you produce it," and when I produce it they only buy one or
> > don't buy any.
> > Marklin has a container set that includes several chassis, but they
> > are
> > all 40' (the Europeans generally don't handle any containers over 45').
> > Also, as I recall, the Marklin chassis really does not look much like a
> > N.
> > American chassis. A perusal of the Plastruct and Evergreen catalogs
> > might
> > show the way to scratchbuilding some chassis for you, but the wheels
> > might
> > be a problem.
> > Does anybody know of a source of 3-view drawings of containers? I
> > have
> > bought some N and HO chassis that I could scale down, but drawings would
> > be nice.
> > If anyone has any requests for container types, please let me know.
> > So
> > far in corrugated 53's I've produced APL, Canadian Tire, Crowley (red),
> > CSX (white and blue versions), Hub Group, Swift and Triton. CN and blue
> > Crowley are also available as limited editions through Harald
> > Freudenreich
> > and Ztrack (I think). The corrugated 40's are now available in APL,
> > China
> > Shipping, Cosco, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd Ivaran, "K"Line,
> > Lys-Line,
> > Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co(MSC), Nedlloyd, Yang Ming and Zim.
> > CheerZ,
> > -- Malcolm Z
> > MCZ Models
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