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  • December 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 2,839 views - 4 comments - 2 likes
      Techniques: by Joe D'Elia & Robert Schleicher It looks like a "drop-in" job, but adjustments are nearly always necessary to get both car and couplers working properly.    Two words often make the difference be...
  • December 17, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,517 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    The model in the photographs is an undecorated Athearn GP38-2 shell, but the techniques will work on any plastic or metal diesel, Also, you can apply any detail we'll show to a pre-painted diesel body shell and merely touch up the parts with brush-on ...
  • November 6, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,108 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    SP 653751 photographed in June, 1979, at San Luis Obispo, California, is identical to the Athearn car. The tack boards on the door and ends will have to be removed from the model, and the tack board put back in a lower position on the door. The ribs o...
  • September 20, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 901 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Patrick J. Student    In 1939 the Union Pacific received 1,900 50-ton 40'-6" box cars of the B-50-24 series. 1,200 cars were numbered in the series 187000-188199 with 1,187 of these still around for inclusion in the Ap...
  • September 11, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,331 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by W. J. Metzer    The prototype cars of this conversion are four-compartment, 5250 cu. ft., 125-Ton versions of the Pullman-Standard PS-2CD covered hoppers. They have been purchased by many railroads and grain loading co...
  • August 8, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,156 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    The same model modified in slightly different ways to produce two different prototype cars. The most obvious difference comes in the door design but there are others as well. - Photo and models by W.E. Darnaby by W.E. Darnaby   ...
  • July 30, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,408 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Santa Fe's 1235 SSB-1200 EMD Switcher as seen here in China Basin, San Francisco. Photo is by Burr Henion by Burr Henion    This article will illustrate how easily a standard factory kit can be modified to represent a pro...
  • July 18, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,041 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by William Glick - Model photography by the author    Here is a change for both the expert modeler and novice alike to have a custom painted Burlington tank car. This project can be a simple paint job or, for the serious ...
  • May 15, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,347 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Top: The first of Western Pacific's Pullman Standard 50-foot, 50-ton double-door boxcars, No. 35001, poses for her builder's portrait at the Hammond, Ind., plant in April 1954. She was one of the group of cars numbered 35001-35625 and outfitted for ge...
  • December 26, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 6,638 views - 2 comments - 1 like
    Coming up on the Belmont Road Crossing at Downers Grove, Illinois, in March of 1973 is BN 6143 (ex-CB&Q 341) still in her Burlington colors on the point with two repainted units following and Burlington units bringing up the rear. Gib Allbach phot...