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Here is the p rototype o f t he c ar m odeled b y a uthor Ehnbom. Seen a t O akland, Calif., in 1976, No. 695574 is a 50-foot hi c ube, class XM, a nd is o ne o f o ne h undred such cars o wned b y Southern Pacific.

Southern Pacific 50-Foot H icube boxcars
An interesting kitbash produces an eye-catching m odel
any f reight c ars h ave i ndividual s potting f eatures w hich, l ike l ocomotives, a id i n v isu al i dentification o f t heir r ailroad o wners. T his c an s ometimes b e d one e ven i f t he c ar's l ettering i s o bliterated . I n a d dition, a lmost e very i ndividual s eries o f f reight c ar o n a p articular r oad h as d efined c ombinations o f s potting f ea tures . T he d etails a nd d ifferences m ay b e s mall, b ut t hey a re u sually d istinct. I t c an b e r ewarding t o e nhance t he a ppearance o f s ome o f y our f reight c ars b y e quipping t hem w ith t he s pecific s potting f eatures o f t heir s eries. I d on 't k now w hat m akes a c ertain f reight c ar t empting t o m odel, b ut S outhern P acific No. 6 59574 ( a 5 0-foot H icube b oxcar, s eries 6 59500 -659599) t hat r olled b y i n a f reight t rain a t O akland, C alif., i n 1 976 h ad w hatever i t t akes. I e xamined m y p hotographs o f t his c ar t o d etermine i ts i ndividual s potting f eatures , w hich i n t urn s uggest m odeling p ossibilities . T he m ajor

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B Y S TAFFAN E HNBOM
P HOTOGRAPHY B Y THE AUTHOR

d etails s etting o ne c ar s eries a part f rom a nother a re: r oof s tyle , c ar e nd s tyle , d oors, c ar s ides, s ide s ills, t rucks a nd t he l ike. S tudying m y p ictures r evealed t he r oof i s a n o ver-hanging , d iagonal-panel t ype. T his s tyle o f r oof i s a vailable o n t he D etails W est b oxcars a nd a lso w ith t he r ecently r eleased W althers i nsulated b oxcar. T he e nd i s a n i mproved D readnaught t ype. I t c onsists o f t hree p lates w ith t hree D readnaught b ulges i n e ach. T he t op p late h as a r ectangular b ulge a t t he t op. F ortunately, t his e nd v ariety i s a vailable o n t he A thearn 4 0-foot s mooth-side H icube b oxcar. T he c orrugated d oors a re a vailable i n t he A thearn 4 0-foot o utside-braced H ic ube b oxcar k it. S ince t he s ides a re w elded, t hey a re e asily m ade f rom

s heet s tyrene . W ith t hese m ajor s potting f eatures e stablished , a p rototypically c orrect m odel c an b e a ssembled. To b egin, u se t he t ip o f a Z ona s aw a nd s crape b ack a nd f orth a long t he b ottom o f t he g roove b etween t he r oof a nd t he s ide o n a D etails W est 5 0 -foot b oxcar b ody . W hen y ou s crape t hrough t he b ody w all, e xtend t he c ut a long t he s ides a nd h orizontally a cross t he e nds t o r emove t he r oof a nd t hus a lso a l ittle o f t he t op o f t he e nds. I f t he DW b ody y ou u se i s a d ouble-plug d oor t ype o r a c ombination d oor t ype, t here i s a s mall r ib a t t he t op o f t he e nd w hich n eeds t o b e s craped a nd s anded a way. T hen c ut t he e nds f rom a n A thearn 4 0-foot s mooth-side H icube b oxcar. T he c u t i s m ade a t a bout t he l ine o f r ivets r unning d own t he s ide f lange o f t he e nds . c ut a cross t he e nds j ust a bove t he h ighest r ectangular b ulge. I f y ou w ant t o i nstall w ire g rabirons, c ut a nd s crape a way a ll s igns o f t he c ast p lastic
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