|Kitbashing a CN caboose
Author: Ralf Kramosch
I have been going through a lot of boxes of
unfinished kits and finally finishing them and one of them was the
Juneco CN caboose kit. This is a wood and white-metal 'craftsman' kit
that builds up into a pretty good model of a CN wood caboose. It's not
something I could put together in an evening, though.
Roundhouse makes a wood caboose and letters it for
CN. I bought one to have something to put at the end of my trains
while I was working on a Juneco kit. When I looked at the two kits
together, they appeared to have similar proportions and styles. So,
after I reading an article, I asked myself
"what are some modifications I can do to make the
Roundhouse caboose look more like a CN caboose?"
I spent an afternoon adding details. The end
ladders and railings were modified, the smokestack was moved, and some
struts were added to the cupola. Leftover lettering from the Juneco
kit was added. After some painting, glazing with muntins drawn on was
The result is a compromise that might not satisfy
an expert, but it was fun to add the details without worrying how many
microns wide the wood sheathing should be. The result has a certain
charm because of the added details. I would definitely call it good
enough. If I see any of these cabooses for sale for cheap I'll
definitely get some.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
P.S. After I took the photo I turned the roof
around so that the cupola is over the herald, as it should be.
[ last updated 31st Dec 2003 ]