Craftsman Kit Models by Rex Engineering

Manufacturer:Rex Engineering
Manufacturer ID:9
Category:Flat Car
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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The 50-ton flat car model was a one-piece car body casting kit made out of zamac (a zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloy). It was available in scale (ID #9) or hi-rail (ID #10) versions. Trucks were available separately, but the kit did not come with them nor decals. It did include wire brake staff, plastic brake wheel, and dummy plastic couplers. The product was reviewed in the January 1963 S Gauge Herald (see "Supplemental" link). It was listed in the 1968 S&P Distributors catalog (see Supplemental link). Dick's model has been painted and lettered for the Delaware & Hudson.
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photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Rex Engineering
Manufacturer ID:7
Category:Gondola
Prototype Year/Era:1947
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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The low-side gondola was a one-piece car body casting kit made out of zamac (a zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloy). It was available in scale (ID #7) or hi-rail (ID #8) versions. Trucks were available separately, but the kit did not come with them nor decals. The product was reviewed in the January 1963 S Gauge Herald (see Online Article link). It was listed in the 1968 S&P Distributors catalog (see Supplemental link). The model shown in the main photo is owned by Randy Brown. The Southern gondola (#55961-56560) was the actual prototype for this model. The main photo shows Dick's model, which was built by Randy Brown, and painted and lettered for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western using Enhorning decals. Photo #3 shows a load of canisters (desiccators) which were placed using AAR Rules Governing Loads for Open Top Cars guidelines. Kadee S-scale #802 couplers and ACE Bettendorf sprung trucks are used. Photo #4 shows another of Ed's models, which was a hi-rail version which he converted to "scale" appearance and operation. He removed all cast-on grab irons, which were replaced with wire ones. It has Rex trucks and the Kadee S-scale couplers. A complete detailed under-body was added, replacing the simple hi-rail one. It is decaled with Great Decals from Bill Mosteller, a set converted from a Champion set to S-scale. The simulated scrap load is from Royal Train Equipment made to fit in an American Flyer gondola but it fits here loosely. The Virginian G-5 class car is a little longer than the Rex model but the decal fits OK.
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photo © Dick Karnes

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