I for one will be thrilled to see an accurate Santa Fe mechanical
reefer at long last! But how can we get a PFE and an SFRD car in
plastic? Sounds fishy, pardon my skepticism... They have little
in common with each other.
Anyway, Frank's kitbash is quite simple -- those are unmodified
Athearn car sides (except for cast on ladder removal) with new
replacement ends and roof. I don't know what he used for a floor
but the Accurail 50 foot box car floor is a peachy replacement
for the garbage Athearn floor. I recently did much the same thing
with a Pacific HO/Silver Steak reefer.
The reason for the different ends is that the "real" bulkhead in
a mechanical reeefer on the end with the refrigeration equipment
is inboard of the end of the car -- so a lightweight end (in this
case the 5/5 dreadnaught) has plenty of strength. Plus PFE may
have gotten a price break, since the 5/5 was obsolete by then.
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