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Sodus Point Welding Compound
Sodus Point Welding Compound
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Sodus Point Welding Compound
Category: Craftsman kit
Materials: Acetate, cast metal, corrugated metal, injection plastic, LED lighting set, nylon, photo-etched, resin, wire, and wood (laser-cut and strip)



Sodus Point Welding Compound is a multi-media craftsman model. Laser-cut wood and other materials build the welding car and three outbuildings, detailed with a full interior, "Super Bright” L.E.D. interior lights, simulated welding light source, fiber optic lamps, and a full-color detailed instruction manual.

Laser Modeling 3
From Geneseo, NY, Laser Modeling 3 produces craftsman structure models as well as custom models, industrial engravings, and other architectural services.

    Laser Modeling 3 (LM3) Is a family operated business that began operations in 2009. We combine our enjoyment of modeling, years of modeling experience, and artistic skills to create truly unique laser cut craftsman structure kits. Alongside our line of craftsman kits, we also offer services to build models per request. If you have a specific project in mind, contact us, we would be more than happy to help you out.


Sodus Point
This model is of a maintenance facility of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Sodus Point, NY, on Lake Ontario. As early as the 1850s, local Sodus Point businessmen realizing the advantage of Sodus Bay as a commercial port, proposed construction of a dock for exporting and importing goods. In 1852, recognizing the increased demand for coal, the Sodus Point and Southern Railroad Company was organized and construction was begun on a railroad line that would connect the coal fields of central Pennsylvania with Sodus Point by way of a section of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was not until 1873, however, that the Sodus Point and Southern Railroad line was completed with its terminus at the west end of Sodus Bay. Here, a small, heavily constructed dock was built that was 400 feet long and stood 40 feet above the water. It had two sets of rails on top that ran to its outer end with two coal pockets under each set of rails. Coal pockets were structures into which the coal was dumped from the cars. Manually operated coal chutes would carry the falling coal to the boats hold. When a boat arrived, a coal car was placed over the top of a pocket and the doors at the bottom of the car were opened to permit the coal to drop into the pocket and run down the chute into the boat’s cargo space.

In 1884, the Pennsylvania Railroad acquired the Sodus Point and Southern Railroad Company
[1]

LM3 Sodus Point Welding Compound
This multi-media set is comprised of the welding facility building, the yard office, a four-holer outhouse, and a supplies rack. Models of wooden prototypes look best if constructed of wood. Traditional craftsman wooden kits were either sheets of wood milled with planks or batten, or the ultimate board-by-board construction with scale lumber. Both could create a beautiful model although the former method could be a challenge to cut out windows and doors, while the drawback of the latter is obvious.

Enter laser-cut models, so well represented by this multi-media Laser Modeling 3 kit. Sodus Point consists of 22 individual parts or sheets of parts, precisely cut into wood with a laser. A further bundle of scale lumber is included. Three thicknesses of wood were used for specific component sets. Most of the parts are zapped in shape and held in the sheet by very small attachment points. Some are so fine that the parts had already separated when I inventoried the contents, fortunately without damage. The wood is smooth and I haven’t found any need to sand away fuzziness or splinters, as is common with older wooden models.

Also included are crisp sprues of injection molded of windows and doors by Tichy, bolsters, a large resin junk pile, cast metal work benches and fuel bottles and other detail parts, an LED lighting set, corrugated metal roofing material, etched hinges, nylon screens, and clear acetate windows. Some of the metal parts will require clean up.

While no decals are included, a printed sheet of pin-ups and books are included for the interior.

Detail
Part of the laser-cut parts are to construct detail parts. What yard office and welders shop would be complete without desks and shelves? LM3 includes laser-cut parts to build a bookshelf, desks, and a tool cabinet. Cast chairs and stoves and workbench tops are among the many detailing pieces. Roofs are made to be removable so all of this can be enjoyed.

Outdoor details can be made with parts supplied for a pipe rack, and a large sheet metal storage rack.

Electrical detail includes bulbs to simulate the glow under the welding hood, interior and exterior lighting, and sparking arc welding.

Instructions and Schematics
These are impressive enough to warrant this separate section. LM3 includes a 61-page bound book. It includes an introduction to Sodus Point Welding Car and Yard Master Office Compound, with history and credit to the researcher and CAD designer. Two pages are devoted to a recommended list of “basic” tools, glues and adhesives, suggested paint supplies (the excellent Floquil and Polly Scale brands are suggested), and optional aftermarket detail sets. Included is the recipe for making the recommended wood dye.

An entire 56 smooth pages of assembly and installation instructions fill the book. These are outstandingly illustrated with 163 full-color photographs of step-by-step assembly of Sodus Point! These photos richly enhance the textual assembly instructions. Furthermore, LM3 includes two pages of black and white recent photographs of the facility taken by researcher and designer Harold Russell. Several pages of Mr. Russell’s line art plans used to design this model are also included in the kit.

The text is organized into sensible steps for building the individual components. Red lettering is used to extenuate important points. LM3 also includes tips and techniques used, and learned from other modelers, including a shout-out crediting the source, modeler, and clinic/ convention the technique was learned at.

This is a high quality historical, archival, instructional booklet containing tips and techniques. If you usually discard your instructions after your model is built, you will want to reconsider and hold onto this resource.

Conclusion
This multi-media model set greatly impresses me. It features quality materials, skilled cutting and forming of components, and an exceptional instruction book and documentary material. It is obvious this model is designed by modelers who have experience under their belt. The only negatives I have are nitpicky: castings need cleaning up, and the expansive resin ‘junk pile’ has what looks like ‘squish-bubble’ that oozed up between open areas of some parts. Excellent as the instructions are, they have some typos that could confuse novices of craftsman kits. Overall, I certainly recommend the kit and I really look forward to building the facility.

Please remember to tell vendors and manufacturers that you saw their products here—on RailroadModeling.net!

[1] Sodus Bay Historical Society. The Sodus Point Coal Trestle . [Web.] n.d.
SUMMARY
Highs: Good looking laser cuts in quality wood. LED lighting and lots of detail parts of metal, plastic, wire and resin.
Lows: Nitpicky.
Verdict: This multi-media model set greatly impresses me. It features quality materials, skilled cutting and forming of components, and an exceptional instruction book and documentary material. It is obvious this model is designed by modelers for modelers.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: Sodus Point Welding Compound
  Suggested Retail: $160.00
  Related Link: Sodus Point Gallery
  PUBLISHED: May 19, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.00%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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