The author builts his model from two American Models 40-foot plug-door cars. Includes a materials list, drawings, and some photos of the model under construction and completed.
The author admits to not knowing what the prototype for the American Models' 40-foot box car is, but he does describe how he added some more details to the model to enhance its appearance. Several close-up photos are included.
Step-by-step instructions and a few diagrams show how to make these kits have movable doors.
The author shares some of his thoughts and experiences building the Pacific Rail Shops box cars, which are easy enough to assemble.
By changing the ends of a River Raisin Models X33a, the author produced an X32a.
The author reviews the S-Helper Service single-sheathed box car, and offers suggestions for how to improve it even more. He discusses ways to improve the center and side sills, the brake components (depending on era modeled), the grab irons next to the coupler pockets, the changing to a vertical brake wheel (which requires additional parts), and adding cut levers. Several photos are included of project cars.
The author describes how he super-detailed the Pacific Rail Shops' 50-foot NP box car.
Taking two American Models box cars, Jon Firpach has done a lot of detailing to them so that you can't tell that they started life as the same models. Includes many close-up photos showing the details added.
The author shares the modifications he has made to the Pacific Rail Shops' 50-foot box cars to make them even more accurate, and more specific to particular railroads' versions. Includes photos and detail-drawings.
The author describes how he built a 50-foot Southern Pacific box car out of two 40-foot Ye Olde Huff 'n Puff box car kits (now owned by LaBelle Woodworking). Includes construction and final-model photos.
Tips and photos on how to successfully build the Pacific Rail Shops kits that nearly all S-scale modelers have in their closet.
A complete history of these unique cars, with lots of prototype photos.
Step-by-step instructions and various diagrams show how to add the brake rigging, and center sill flanges. These reference the older American Models box cars that were sold as kits.
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