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Bob Uniack Gallery

Bob Uniack, who hails from Los Angeles, is best known for his 1:32 scale models of standard gauge freight cars built up from urethane castings. His models have graced the pages of Finescale Railroader (formerly Outdoor Railroader) on several occasions and at one time were offered as kits under the name of Milepost Scale Models. Bob's first venture into 1:20.3 standard gauge came about in 2005 when he began construction of a Southern Pacific B-50-14 outside braced boxcar. Bob had formerly modeled this same car in 1:32 scale and has provided a few pics for comparison. Bob has also created both Bettendorf T-section and U-section trucks (single truss and double truss as they are also known) for the same. He may be reached at milepostla@earthlink.net


At left: Bob in the cab of Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751 (May 2008)




Freight Cars Trucks:

Bettendorf T-Section Trucks

Bob's trucks are urethane castings made from styrene masters. The journals are drilled out and 3/16" ID delrin bushings are pressed into place. Hartford springs are used with plain steel CME 33" wheelsets. The prototype trucks were used with the SP B-50-14 boxcar pictured below.

Standard Gauge Rolling Stock:

Southern Pacific B-50-14 boxcar

The Southern Pacific was known for its extensive fleet of outside braced wooden boxcars. Long after other roads had given up on the single sheathed wooden boxcar, SP continued to manage a sizable fleet. Bob's F scale car is his second build of this prototype and is based upon drawings published in Mainline Modeler. Compare with his 1:32 scale version.



Last update: 28 August 2013

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