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Re: [CBQ] Leadville Designs CB&Q SM-18

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Leadville Designs CB&Q SM-18
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Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2022 02:38:44 +0000
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Thread-topic: [CBQ] Leadville Designs CB&Q SM-18

Thanks, Scott. I forgot to mention that I didn’t use the kit decals as they didn’t include car data, reweigh, repack or air check stencils. I used decal scraps from Sunshine and Speedwitch. The kit decals need to be expanded to include all of the car data with date ranges for the stencils. I pieced numbers to get a road number from the first order so I could use the black herald background. All subsequent orders had the clear background (white on mineral red).


Nelson Moyer


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Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2022 8:17 PM
Subject: Re: [CBQ] Leadville Designs CB&Q SM-18


Despite the flaws that you mentioned, the end result looks very nice.  Thanks for sharing your experience and the photos.


Scott Myers


On Thu, Nov 10, 2022 at 7:42 PM Nelson Moyer <> wrote:

I just finished the Leadville Designs CB&Q SM-18 stock car, and decided to share some photos of the car. The kit consists of brass and nickel silver etched sides, ends, roof, and running board and 3D printed underframe. My underframe was badly warped, and neither oven treatment or hot water treatment would remove the warp. The underframe would flatten, then bow to its original warp when cooled. After several attempts to flatten the underframe, I cut the side sills and stringers at several places, then glued them back together on a flat surface, Some irregularity remained, as can be seen in the underframe photo. There were several other issues with the kit but I have described them in detail on another group, so I won’t repeat them here.


There are a few deviations from prototype that bear mention. The end fascia extends beyond the sides, and the roof overhang is to far on both the ends and sides. The handbrake detail is inadequate, so I used Precision Scale handbrake parts on the B end. The AB valve air reservoir are part of the underframe, and they should be closer to the side sill and not aligned  one behind the other.


This is not an easy kit to build, as it requires different tools and techniques from plastic or resin kits. Parts fit could be improved, as the Z-bars don’t align properly with the bolsters and cross bearers . I split the differences.


Overall, the model is a convincing rendition of the SM-18 double deck stock car. I haven’t seen any other photos of the completed model other than the one on the LD web page, so if anyone has built this kit, I would like to see photos and hear of building experiences.


Nelson Moyer



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