The latest freight car model

With the recent addition of air hoses and wheel spray marks on the car ends, I have finished this Westerfield Models HO scale resin freight car kit. I started building this kit in early June and planned to post regular progress reports. But things went awry and life got in the way. Let’s review the work.

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Weathering steps

After building, painting, and decaling a freight car model, it’s time to apply weathering so it looks like it’s been traveling a few thousand miles. The lead image shows the final appearance. Let’s take a look at the steps taken to arrive there.

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RPM update

As we turn the corner into the last few months of 2022, the RPM calendar has several events scheduled through October. Check the calendar for an RPM near you and make plans to attend.

The joint convention of the L&N and Southern historical groups was recently added. Several RPM presentations and a model display area are part of the Chattanooga event. The convention will be held at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, which will also host a couple events.

A few 2023 events have been announced, too. For your long term planning, save the October 27 & 28 dates for the Naperville RPM! It will be held in the Northern Illinois University conference center just mile or so from previous locations of this long running Chicago event. More details will be shared coming in early 2023.


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