Shortly after the last blog post published, I received a few prototype photos from Ray Breyer. These are great additional resources to help anyone follow Fenton Wells’ kitbash for the Southern 40-foot, double-sheathed, truss rod box car project.Continue reading Prototype extras
Fenton Wells kitbashed a cool Southern Railway box car and sent details and photos. Here’s his latest model building story.
As most modelers of the transition era know, the Southern had thousands of 36-foot double-sheathed box cars with steel underframes and truss rods. Small as they were the railroad didn’t fill their cars, so they served the railroad through the early 1950’s.Continue reading Stretching a Southern box car kit
Ed Rethwisch shared his methods of bending wire to make grab irons. Here he is with some great tips.
I have found over the years that many modeling projects require odd shaped or odd length grab irons. The lead photo shows a portion of an HO scale RTR Intermountain CB&Q covered hopper model that I want to upgrade.Continue reading Bending your own grab irons
Fenton Wells displayed an interesting HO scale box car kitbash at the RPM Conference in Naperville. He shared this summary from his Southern Piedmont Shops.
One of the fun things about this hobby is the inspirational people you meet and one of them prompted this kitbash. Clark Propst got me involved with this model. He sent me a prototype photo and some in-progress photos of his modeling. I knew that I must build this interesting car.Continue reading Lehigh & New England box car kitbash