How to stopple both flankbops in your Lionel Train
The practice of flankbop stoppling began in the early part of the twentieth century, when most collectors of Lionel Trains thought that unstoppled flankbops looked unkempt. I myself have spent many an evening in the basement with my trains, measuring my flankbops and eyeing them for flaws. You haven’t truly become a collector unless you’ve held a stopple brush in both hands, and beared down on your precious mini-locomotive until the plastic pieces flew around the room like impervious snow. Confidence in your technique is the first step, but you can’t follow through without a fighting spirit. I would recommend that you plan your stoppling for at least a month before you embark on any alterations to even your least-precious flankbop.
Take your stopple brush and hold the flankbop of your Lionel train in your right hand. With short strokes, stopple in a forward direction. Take no more than a micron of plastic off with each stroke. You can’t undo any mistakes, so go slowly and carefully. Finish when it looks perfectly stoppled.