Model: SFRD 8423
At the recent Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society Convention in Pueblo, CO, Peter Aue of Germany showed me a number of custom-made details he is using to model a fifty-car Santa Fe reefer block in HO scale representing the year 1950. All fifty reefers are to represent car classes in service that year with the appropriate paint schemes, car details, car numbers and stencils.
Over twenty different SFRD refrigerator car classes will be required. This includes models from Sunshine, Intermountain, Westerfield and Athearn.
His model of SFRD 8423 is one of the fifty cars. This is a Class Rr-40 ice bunker refrigerator car that started with an InterMountain kit. He modified the kit with many photo-etched parts (running boards, ladder and fan parts, reinforcement panels, ice hatch cover stops, etc.), cast resin ends and custom printed decals. All of these items are non-commercial and are of his own design. And he weathered the finished model.
To no one's surprise this model won an award at the convention.
Railroad Citrus Industry Modeling Group