Category Archives: Freight Car Kits

M&StL extended height double-door boxcar

Clark Propst collection

Ed Rethwisch shared a recent boxcar upgrade. Here are his details.

I was inspired by a recent Clark Propst presentation on the history of several Minneapolis & St. Louis boxcars. The prototype photo above piqued my interest as it was, at least to me, a unique looking car. I model 1955 and according to the April 1955 ORER, there were ten cars in this number series, all with the extended height.

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Upgrading an MDC classic

Fenton Wells has been busy working on several pandemic projects. Here’s his overview on a couple classic.

Back in the early 1990s Model Die Casting released a series of 50-foot, single-sheathed automobile boxcar kits. There were seven different kits with various door and end combinations. I pulled a couple from my kit stash and made a few upgrades.

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A tribute to Bill Welch

George Toman sent this along as a fine tribute to a man who inspire so many of us to push our modeling further.

My good friend Bill Welch received bad news in September 2020 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer. During this period, I kept in close contact with him and we discussed many things about modeling, world events, and his beloved Dodgers. Bill was always challenging me to raise the bar and try new methods, tools, and materials.

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Building the RCW Illinois Central boxcar mini-kit

John Golden, currently living in Ramstein, Germany, recently completed his Resin Car Works Illinois Central single-sheathed boxcar mini-kit. Here are John’s notes.

I just completed my Resin Car Works’ Mini-kit 3.01, Illinois Central single-sheathed box car.  This model has been featured twice on the RCW blog. First was with the mini-kit introduction and Lester Breuer’s model instructions, which you can access on the kit extras page. The instructions include all the prototype information gathered on the car by the RCW minions. Later, George Toman followed up with his excellent February 2020 post.  

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