I wrote about this boxcar project a couple of days ago. Since then, I’ve assembled the kit, just short of adding the grabs and ladders. I removed the word Automobile from both sides because the photos I’ve seen of these cars in the early 1970s indicate this was the case. Here’s where it stands now.
To get to this point, I painted the sill extensions with Model Flex Maroon Tuscan Oxide Red. While I had the airbrush fired up, I toned down the shiny black roof with Model Flex Weathered Black and hit the entire underside of the car with Grimy Black.
I drilled out the coupler boxes, tapped the hole for a 2-56 machine screw, and installed Kadee #158 couplers. I also drilled and tapped the bolsters. As you can see, the trucks are installed, but I’ll probably swap out the wheels for a better set or possibly just substitute better trucks.
Next up, I need to see some more pics of the cars in service in the 1970s. I’d like to pick a number that survived up until the time they scrapped these cars in large quantities – probably around 1972 or ’73. Any ideas?