|The end grabs and entrance door railings are press fittted in|
for easy removal, as this car will get some serious manhandling
when the lenses and glazing are installed.
For the end grabs, I could have used some pre-formed wire grabs but I wanted to try something new and craftsmanlike, so bent I my own end grabs and railings using .015 brass wire and Micro Mark's Grab Iron Bending Gauge. (Yeah, I went on a little Micro Mark buying frenzy, which is easy to do when you're out on the road, late at night in a hotel thinking about model railroading and you have a good, reliable Internet connection . . .) Takes a little practice, but that gauge let's you make uniformly shaped grab irons of pretty much any size.
|Expensive but worth it: Micro Mark wire bending gauge (top)|
and 2mm chisel
Meanwhile, another one of these IMW South Shore kits has found its way on to my workbench, along with another Walthers RDC drive. The second time around ought to be easier (and better).