Re: Atlas HO USRA steel rebuilt box cars

Benjamin Hom

Ed Sutorik wrote:
"It appears that, if one accepts the shallow side sill modeling, that
the ACL and someday-to-be-produced Frisco cars ARE credible models of
the prototype. Or am I missing something else."

The problem with the side sill is more than its shallow profile - both prototypes also had distinctive brackets joining the underframe to the sides that the Atlas car fails to model accurately. Also as pointed out earlier, depending on the car modeled (and the model used), the great majority of these cars had side grabs instead of ladders. The door details also leave something to be desired.

The bottom line: should you pay $35 for this model?

Ben Hom

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