I’ve been doing a bit of leap-frog with the various projects that I have on the go right now. I’ve been trying to get the wall of my layout space finished, and I’m waiting for parts for some of the various boxcar projects I’m working on. Also, my SW1200RS models have been sent off to a friend to have the decoders and lighting installed. I don’t like having so many projects moving between the workbench and their boxes, but that’s just how things have to be right now.
I sat down with the Lehigh Valley automobile boxcar while I was working on three other ancient shake-the-box kits. These models (you’ll read about the others soon) are the last of the rolling stock that own from the time before my long break from the hobby. At some point, you’ll read about how I brought them up to mechanical spec and, in some cases, improved a few pieces of detail in order to closer align them with the quality of newer ready to run rolling stock. I’m using these old models to practice some weathering techniques that I plan to apply to more expensive pieces built by Kadee, ExactRail, and Tangent.
On this Lehigh Valley P2K kit, I had to add the tiny piece of the upper door track where the two doors meet. The piece that came with the kit was at least twice the size it should be. I had the airbrush set up to paint the underbodies of these older kits, so I masked off this new piece of styrene and the the weight data so that I could paint a clean patch over the factory numerals. I found an old boxcar decal set and robbed it of its weight data. I also applied newer lube plates and ACI labels. Here’s how it turned out.