Bill Welch has been up to his Xxtreme Modeler activities with recent projects. Bill sent the following update from his home planet.
I am currently on a styrene kit kick working on eleven different steel box car kits. One of them is an Atlas model of the Erie’s version of the ARA 1932 Standard box car, notable for its singular use of Buckeye ends along with a Viking roof.
The RPM Chicagoland conference is looming on the calendar at the end of October. Organizer Mike Skibbe recently sent details on the mini-kit that will be available to advance registrants. A sample model isn’t quite ready at this time but it will be available in four scales.
Lester Breuer has been busy building more freight cars. He shares his latest work for today’s blog post.
For my unbuilt Sunshine Models kits inventory to someday reach zero, I need to continue to have fun building. Therefore, I pulled this Milwaukee Road single-sheathed box car (Kit 47.3), series 711000 to 711999, for building. The prototype information and photos of this car are in the Prototype Data Sheet #47A provided in the kit which contains the only good photo of the “B” end I could find. Additional prototype images were found in the Steam Era Freight Cars Reference Manual, Vol. 1 (pages 70 and 71), and several color photos are in the Milwaukee Road Color Guide, Vol. 2 (page 7). A diagram of the car is in The Milwaukee Road Freight Cars – Official Employees’ Shop Diagrams for 1937 book (page 16).