The Acid Test

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...

Bolster your modeling

As I get more involved with studying modern freight cars, I begin to see the differences that distinguish them. As with the steam era, there are both major and minor differences in the basic designs and details of the major car builders. Thirty years ago we began to...

Persistence

It’s usually a good thing, and a character trait I often don’t display enough of. I’ve been trying to get photos of the roof of a certain hopper car for three weeks now. No luck. Not yet at least. Today I thought it might be the day, IF, the pouring...