Nov 17, 2009
Those look really sweet Ryan!
Thanks, Tom. I need to put some "glass" in those cabs. I've been meaning to get a Cricut machine so I can cut the glass perfectly every time, but too many other projects distracting me lately.
I picked up this unopened Red Ball 6 axle depressed center flatcar kit today. The kit is pretty simple, with a wood core and a metal deck and sides. Trucks are not included, which is expected of a lot of older kits like this.
It looked like an interesting kit, but I don't know hardly anything about the car. It is a riveted car, which is unlike the later cast steel unibody cars from General Steel, which leads me to believe this would have been built 50's or earlier. Does anybody have photos or roster information for railroads that would have had similar cars? Does anybody know what car this is supposed to be a model of? I found one photo on the Modeling the SP blog website that shows the model in L&N paint, but not much comes up when you search for this model online.
I am considering cutting it down to 4 axle length, or possibly trying to design another 3-axle truck for this model. My previous DODX truck is too large and would probably not have been used on a car like this.
What a coincidence. I model N scale, but I was just looking for info on this car:
GHQ N 50006 90-Ton Depressed Center Flat Car Kit. It looks very similar to the HO kit you show.
Looks vaguely like a PRR Flat car I saw a picture of somewhere...
Think ERIE had some heavy duty flats too
That's what some other people were saying too. If it's PRR, then it's an F29. Funaro & Camerlengo make a decent resin model of the same car If the Red Ball car is an F29, it has some dimensional inaccuracies, especially around the slope and radii leading to the center depressed section.
I'll look into the Erie cars and see if anything matches. I suspect this will turn into a kitbash project or used as a stand-in for another car, since we haven't been able to prove for sure what type of car it is, if it's even a model of anything.
This thread has slowed down lately, here’s my latest workbench project:
I acquired 13 GP9’s and several structure kits from another division member who is moving and downsizing. The first geep on the bench is a partial custom painted N&W GP9 #713. It already has a nice mild application of weathering on it, but there are a few things I want to modify to further represent the prototype. I already relocated the horn to the cab of the roof. This unit will need a decoder installed before going in service. Also, I haven’t found sunshades or nose bells yet that match what the N&W put on their GP9’s.
But the workbench will be busy again, so there’s that!
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This was a rescue kit that I found at a local train show. I built it as a mirror image by flipping the walls around & turning the roof over. Still needs some tuning up & should make a good background building.