Re: B&O wagontop models

Don Valentine

Quoting Ted Culotta <tculotta@...>:

On May 30, 2004, at 7:29 PM, Tony Higgins wrote:

I would like to model the B&O M53 box car.� Which is the best model
available?� I am aware of Sunshine Models and West Shore Line resin
kits.� Are they similar?� How do they compare in accuracy and
difficulty of assembly?�
While I'm on the subject,� What's the closest off-the-shelf color
paint I can use for the freight version?
I have assembled, but have yet to paint, both the Sunshine and West
Shore Line versions. The Sunshine version is the most difficult resin
kit I have assembled to date, and that includes several of the
Westerfield hoppers in the old dark gray glass, er resin, material.
However, the WSL floor was too wide and too short fir the one piece
body meaning some extra work was required on that end. The Sunshine
decals are much better as the stenciling is an exact match for the B&O
type used on the prototype. There is a noticeable difference in size
between the two models, with the Sunshine model being larger, or the
WSL being smaller, depending upon your perspective. I have yet to
measure them to see which is closer to scale. I will investigate the
fidelity to scale issue and report back.

When reporting on the scale issue between the two kits could
you also comment on why the Sunshine version seemed so difficult?

Thanks, Don Valentine

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