Re: Hundman's Virginian box car build
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Subject: RE: [STMFC] Hundman's Virginian box car build
Anybody know the real date of the issue these were published in? As I recall, Mainline modeler was long history by Feb. of 2015.
Most published drawings from the formative years of our hobby were done for one simple reason; a set of prototype drawings became available. Before the recent spate of large drawing collections becoming available through several museum and historical society archives, this wasn't such a common occurrence. I would suspect Hundman got his hands on the drawings when the N&W started transferring their historic drawing collection to the N&WHS.
---In STMFC@..., <eric@...> wrote :
I recall the article and was interested in trying the techniques, but then I looked up the car series in the 1943 ORER and was disappointed with the small quantity of these cars in-service. The October 1926 ORER lists 248.
While we all play favorites, I was disappointed that such a low quantity prototype was chosen for the MM article. Heck, the W&LE built 1000 single-sheathed box cars in their 27000-27999 series that were as interesting as the Virginian cars but more numerous. The modeling challenge would have been (and still is) the vertical corrugated steel ends.