Category Archives: Models

Owens-Illinois Duraglas covered hoppers

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Eric Mumper joins the RCW bloggers with an upgrade on an HO scale brass covered hopper.

The Owens-Illinois Duraglas covered hopper cars have been a bit of a fascination of mine for many years. My layout has the Streator, Illinois, bottle plant as an industry and Chet French found many of these cars coming in on the Wabash hauling soda. Where they were loaded would be great to find out.

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Virtual RPM 2

A few extra details can transform a plastic kit into a reflection of prototype practices.
A few extra details can transform a plastic kit into a reflection of prototype practices.

Fenton Wells sent along several photos of recent HO scale kit builds. Follow along for the details. Click on any image here to review a larger size.

All of these freight car kits are recent projects. Not all of these are resin kits but some are kit bashed with resin parts. The lead photo here is of Canadian National 472966, a 10-foot interior height InterMountain (formerly Red Caboose) kit with Sylvan Hutchins roof and NSC-1 ends.

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Milwaukee Road caboose build

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If we model freight cars, we usually need a caboose at some point. George Toman shares tips and techniques to build a classic Milwaukee Road caboose.

This Milwaukee Road caboose project started out simple. I just wanted to take it out of the box and weather it up. As I researched photos I discovered that the Walthers Model was inaccurate for a 1939 version and decided to upgrade the model to reflect a 1944 version of a shop built Milwaukee Road rib side caboose.

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