Matt Smith sent photos and notes on his recent IC hopper builds. Here’s his info on the models. Click on any image here to review a larger size.
I picked up a pair of Resin Car Works Illinois Central Enterprise hoppers during last year’s Chicagoland RPM. I had a chance to meet Frank Hodina and Eric Hansmann. It’s neat to meet to folks behind these great kits. I had never built a complete rail car model in resin and I wanted a new challenge. I had dealt with resin years ago during my scale modeling days, back then the pieces were crude and needed a lot of work. Boy have times changed. I was very impressed with the quality and fidelity of castings. The fine detail is amazing!
George Toman is back with his second resin kit build, the recently released Resin Car Works Illinois Central twin offset hopper. Here’s George with his story
I started with a Resin Car Works Illinois Central 33-foot hopper, which has some beautiful detail cast into a one piece body. Being one to never leave anything alone, I made a few modifications to the standard kit.
The Illinois Central HO scale hopper car kits are back in production. Thanks for your patience while we ironed out some production difficulties.
If you have kits on order, we’ll be shipping those first. Check out the web page for all the info. These hopper kits are $36 each, plus shipping. Decals are included. Please use the link on the web page to place your order.
And don’t forget our new boiler load and grain bin castings! These have been selling well but won’t be available forever. The boilers are shipped two per kit, while four grain bins are in a kit. More details on our website.
Thanks to all of you have have supported Resin Car Works. We have a great model in the works that many have been requesting. More details soon!
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Due to issues with the casting process, the Illinois Central, Enterprise Design, offset side twin hopper has been removed from the kit page and is no longer available. We are working at resolving this, but there is no schedule as to when the kits will be available again, if ever.
If you’ve ordered the car and would like your check returned please let us know through the Resin Car Works email. Otherwise we will hold your check for a month or so until it’s determined if this kit can be saved. If it can’t run the kit again, your check will be returned.