The American Models offset hopper is actually based on this prototype. In addition to prototype information, this article also includes drawings, build numbers, and photos of HO-scale models for comparison.
The American Models 1985 new hopper is based on a Unicast 55-ton outside-braced two-bay hopper. The author describes optional steps the modeler can take to make the model more detailed, covering grab irons, steps, couplers, brake details, cross-braces support, hopper door hardware, ladders, interior braces, glad hands, and painting the model.
The drawings of the car shown in the previous Dispatch were too small to be of any use, so this issue devotes two full pages to those drawings.
Various small drawings of the car.
Starting off with a Pacific Rail Shops ACF 3-bay hopper, the author builds the 50' FMC grain hopper. Includes a couple of photos and lots of design diagrams, as well as a parts list.
The author recalls the first NASG brass car project from 31 years ago. Includes several photos of the covered hopper and other project cars.
The N&W cars are identical to the PRR H30/H30a and H32 class cars. A bit of information from the previous article by the author was corrected in this one, and he goes into greater detail about the 60 N&W cars. The PRR owned 1/3 of the common stock of N&W, which may have influenced the re-use of the design. Includes two prototype photos.
The author provides a more complete history of these cars. Includes several prototype photos and scaled drawings.
The author describes how he super-detailed an S-Helper Service PS-2 hopper. Includes photos of the finished model.
The author describes how he detailed two American Models 4-bay offset-side hoppers, including removable loads. One was modeled after a B&O and another after a C&O hopper. Includes several photos of the completed models.
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