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My model of Conrail B23-7 1928 had a frame that “disintegrated”, and I finally got around to replacing it.

Last year, I made a terrible discovery about the sole B23-7 on my roster: it had developed a crack through the back of the walkway/frame on one side. On disassembly, I discovered that the entire frame was crumbling. I’m guessing it was a bad batch of plastic, because, as I tried to fix one crack, two more would pop up. Eventually, the entire area was too far gone to try and patch back together.

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The only real solution was to get a new frame and paint it to match. I was a bit dubious about this, since my existing frame had been factory decorated, then weathered. However, using Poly Scale D&H Avon Blue, I was able to match the paint closely enough. A coat of paint, reattaching the handrails, and things look good as new.

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