Craftsman Kit Models by Super Scale Models

Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Box Car, Single Door
Road Name:New York, New Haven & Hartford (NH)
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Box Car, Single Door
Road Name:Reading (RDG)
Prototype Class:XM
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:50'
Kit of an A.A.R. standard 50-ton, 50'-6" box car that came without trucks and was sold for only $3.95 back then. It is a kit of stamped metal parts that were put around a wood body you built up from precision cut parts. This unpainted kit needed to be painted then decaled. This model uses Enhorning & Hall decals. The trucks are from REX Engineering with Kadee S #808 couplers added and some extra underbody brake details. This model weighs 9 ounces.
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photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Box Car, Single Door
Road Name:Rock Island (RI/ROCK)
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Box Car, Single Door
Road Name:Seaboard Air Line (SAL)
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Super Scale manufactured diesel locomotive, passenger, and freight car kits in the 1940s. Perma Bilt, Super Scale's successor, continued the freight cars but abandoned the diesels and passenger cars. Chief spotting difference in house cars is the roof. Super Scale roofs were wood with separately-attached metal ribs. Perma Bilt roofs were one-piece metal stampings. Kits included wood roof, floor, and end blocks; embossed steel ends and pre--painted-lettered sides, steel center sill, and stamped steel and soft metal details. No trucks. Specimen built by Dick Karnes. Northeastern Bettendorf trucks. HO Kadee couplers.
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photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Box Car, Steel Rebuilt
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Model Introduced:1955
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:40'
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Caboose
Prototype Year/Era:1880-1913
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Model Introduced:1948
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
From a 1948 Model Railroader magazine advertisement this 4-wheel B&O Transfer Caboose kit includes etched copper sides and ends, brass floor, copper roof, diecast end platforms, hardware, and rigid truck frame with wheels. All of that for $6.75! Ed indicates that there is some wood for the running boards and the floor included in the kit. The wheels seem to be of diecast metal mounted on steel axles. The parts are soldered and pinned together with hex head screws at the end sills holding everything to the wood floor. It has S Kadee #808 couplers mounted. It appears to be modeled after a B&O class K-1, a four wheel caboose, for which there had been a plan and construction article in the Model Railroader magazine of September 1946 in 1/4" scale by Mel Thornburgh, "Transfer Caboose". This is about the time Super-Scale was in their prime. This model was lettered after Jack Sudimak's home road, the Penn Creek & Western. Even though this is a very nice looking model, it is missing a few details; grab-irons on the end sills, door knobs, and the caboose stove stack caps needed to be drilled to let the smoke out. And it has no brake parts except one hand wheel.
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photo © Ed Kirstatter
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Baggage
Model Introduced:1948
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
This NYC-prototype baggage car was built from a Super Scale Models kit per the manufacturer's instructions. Dick added stirrup steps cut from ladder stock, brass wire hand grabs, MHP diaphragms, styrene clerestory vents, San Juan "Evolution" couplers, and used Floquil paint and Champ decals to complete the model. The sprung trucks are from Train Stuff.
Photo
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Coach
Model Introduced:1948
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:80'
Copper sides and ends, brass floor, wood roof, brass trucks, white-metal details.
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Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Combine
Prototype Year/Era:1890
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:60'
Copper sides & ends, brass floor, wood roof, brass trucks (4- or 6-wheels), white-metal details.
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Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Combine
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:75'
Copper sides and ends, brass floor, wood roof, brass trucks, white-metal details.
Photo
photo © Jim Syphax
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Dining
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Copper sides & ends, brass floor, wood roof, brass trucks, white-metal details.
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Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Observation
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:85'
Dick lettered his undecorated model for the Pullman-Standard prototype. The kit is comprised of solder-backed copper sides and ends, wood roof, sheet brass floor, and white-metal details. He added the air-conditioning ductwork, Nimco trucks, Champ decals, and Kadee couplers. Other than the four metal observation platform posts, construction of the platform railings is left to the modeler. The second photo is of Bob Hogan's model.
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Photo #2
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, RPO
Model Introduced:1948
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:63'
The model was based on a NYC prototype. Dick built it per the manufacturer's instructions, including clerestory vents and underbody fittings. He added hand grabs, steps, Kadee couplers, B.T.S. mail catchers, and S Scale Locomotive & Supply six-wheel trucks. Lettering is from a Champ decal set.
Photo
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Sleeper
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
12-section/1-drawing-room. The car sides and ends are photo-etched copper, coated on the backside with lead solder for stiffness. The kits also include a stamped brass floor, a few white-metal castings for steps and underbody detail, and a wooden monitor roof section whose ends need to be trimmed and filed to create the required curve. Crude trucks of Super Scale's own manufacture were available for these cars. Photo #2 shows the car with Nimco trucks, MHP diaphragms, Walthers HO-scale roof vents, and added hand grabs. The car is still awaiting lettering.
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Photo #2
photo © Bob Hogan
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Passenger Car, Sleeper
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
Prototype Dimensions:85'
Bob took a photo of this kit which was part of Jack Troxell's estate. If you have a built-up model of this car, we would love to show that instead. Plan 3975-C. copper sides & ends, brass floor, wood roof, brass trucks, white-metal details; built for service on several roads.
Photo
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Super Scale Models
Category:Refrigerator Car, Ice
Road Name:American Refrigerator Transit Co (ART)
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
Finishunpainted
50-foot.
Photo
photo © Bob Hogan

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