This page contains photos and short descriptions of what modelers have done to create a unique piece of rolling stock, given some commercial base model. If you have such a model and can take a digital photo or two of it, feel free to contact the webmaster.
Bill shortened an American Models bay-window caboose to build a unique model for his private railroad. He cut out a portion of the main body between outer windows and the bay-window area. He said it was a fairly easy project to tackle, with most of the time being spent on creating the various holes for bars and handrails.
Dick used two A.C. Gilbert American Flyer plug-door reefers, cut them apart and re-glued them back together. The model's trucks are Allied Full Cushion sold by River Raisin Models.
Dick used two A.C. Gilbert American Flyer bay-window-plus-cupola cabooses to create the model shown below. The roof section from one of them is needed to replace the cut-off cupola.
The model in the next photo started with the same AF caboose, where Dick removed the bay window portion, and closed off the wall with a piece of styrene sheet.
As there are no ready-to-run center-cupola, wood-sided cabooses available in S-scale, Brooks Stover built this model of an ex-Pierre Marquette caboose C-2 owned by the Buffalo Creek & Gauley, by modifying an American Models offset-cupola wood-sided caboose. The build included carefully sectioning the roof to re-locate the cupola, building new, more detailed, corner steps from styrene, and adding details to the end rails to match the prototype. The roof was re-painted but the body of the car retained its original yellow paint with local touch-ups as required. A detailed interior was also added to the model. An article detailing the build appeared in the September 2016 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
Brooks Stover built this model of BC&G's combine X-6 by splicing together parts from two American Flyer heavy-weight observation cars, blanking out some windows, and scratchbuilding the baggage door. The truss rods were scratchbuilt and the trucks were from American Models. A simple interior was modeled and Brooks had the decals custom made. The prototype of this car was a 60-foot steel-sheathed car built by Harlon & Hollingsworth (a division of Bethlehem Steel) of Wilmington, DE in the 1880s for the Philadelphia and Reading RR. This was one of Brooks' very first attempts at building a piece of rolling stock from American Flyer shells.
John Mann kitbashed several of these AF cars into scale models:
John also used an AF flat car and parts of a tank car to create this maintenance-of-way car.