I’ve been slackin’ on blog posting, but model projects have kept moving. It’s time to catch up.
The lead image shows four models that were recently primed with Vallejo Desert Sand. Several other models have moved along on the lineup card.
Nine of the top ten models on the updated line up are weathered and ready for service. Only the Union hopper remains unfinished from the hopper upgrades earlier this year.
I was thrilled to finish off a pair of HO scale Red Caboose kits for B&O M-26b boxcars. A few extra details were added along with custom decals for the model to reflect an as-built appearance. These are occasionally produced as ready-to-run by Intermountain, but older kits can be found at train shows and some hobby shops.
I need to pull together a longer post on these models. With a few upgrades, the Red Caboose kits fit great into a model fleet set from 1925-1940.
The four latest models have all been painted. In the foreground are a pair of Speedwitch Media Pere Marquette automobile boxcars. I backdated these to follow the as-built appearance of the PM 88000-88349 car series. K brake components were installed along with a vertical staff hand brake.
I recently applied decals on the Reading car. These were custom created and printed by a fellow Pre-Depression Era modeler. The lettering reflects the prototypes after a 1924 corporate reorganization when the Philadelphia & Reading became the Reading. New cars were delivered with the new name while older cars were updated when repairs were required.
I’m almost done applying decals on the two Pere Marquette boxcars. Once those are done, I’ll focus on the L&N gondola. We’ll see where we go from there!
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