I suppose the final test of any scratchbuilt freight car is whether it stands up to or even exceeds ┬áready-to-run cars in terms of the level of detail. After working on this boxcar for months, naturally, I’m biased. It’s a poor photo I know, making it hard to compare the two but I like the proportions of the car. They seem spot on next to the hopper. Today I finished the crossover platforms and think it’s finally time for primer. The uncoupling levers and tack boards will be installed after painting and weathering. The door hardware is another matter. I thought I had a set but no. I’m looking at the options.

Is the car perfect? Hardly but perfection was never the goal.