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I have a Marx 3197 Santa Fe Observation car (with the rounded back end) that I am restoring. I have a new window strip that I bought from Parts4Marx, but the new window strip doesn't have any of the 14 slots cut out for mating with the sheet metal holding tabs inside the car.

Unfortunately, I dont have the old window strip to use as a template to cut in the 14 mounting slots for the new window strip. Does anybody have any experience with this problem and maybe some advice on the best way to solve it?

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I gave up trying to affix the new window strips to the inside of the car using the bended metal tabs. It was too difficult to cut the mating slots in the new window strip. So, I broke the tabs off, filed the nubs smooth, and taped the new window strips in place using a heavy gauge clear vinyl packing tape.

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I gave up trying to affix the new window strips to the inside of the car using the bended metal tabs. It was too difficult to cut the mating slots in the new window strip. So, I broke the tabs off, filed the nubs smooth, and taped the new window strips in place using a heavy gauge clear vinyl packing tape.

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great work around

simple  idea. Simple solutions.

@Tborts posted:

Nicely done and clever work around.  Thanks for sharing.  Someone once told me that the images on these Marx colored window inserts were noted Hollywood and other personalities of the times.  No idea how valid that is.

That is fun to think about. Maybe I should post this to some sort of classic movie forum - maybe they might be able to ID some of the people. Who knows - maybe Moe Larry and Curley are riding in that Marx car - getting ready to poke each other in the eyes or maybe to start a pie fight in a nearby dining car.

@sawdust43 posted:

@Mossback Mike

What are you using to get that soft focus/slightly jiggly background?…is it a semi transparent plastic sheet?…I really like the photographic effect it generates…

Thanks for any details you can provide…

Howard…

I used Photoshop to blur the background. I used the polygonal lasso tool to pick out the area I wanted blurred, then I copied that to a new layer. I then filtered this layer with a distortion pattern called "Ocean Ripple". Afterwards I flattened the image and saved it as a jpg file.

I used Photoshop to blur the background. I used the polygonal lasso tool to pick out the area I wanted blurred, then I copied that to a new layer. I then filtered this layer with a distortion pattern called "Ocean Ripple". Afterwards I flattened the image and saved it as a jpg file.

Thanks for the prompt reply…but you lost this old techno dinosaur at Photoshop…regardless, the effect is tops!…

Howard…

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