Re: UP B-50-33

Ed Hawkins

On Jul 14, 2010, at 9:10 PM, Mark M wrote:

Would the old Athearn 40' steel boxcar be a good choice for this car.
Found an article by Jim Fuhrman with Greg Martin in RMC April 1994
about making this car.
Suggestions and thanks in advance.
Mark Morgan
It basically comes down to personal choice and what's acceptable to you
with the compromises and/or modifications required to be made. The UP
B-50-33s had alternating center rivets on each side panel and
round-corner 5/5 Dreadnaught ends. The Athearn model has square-corner
ends and no alternating center rivets. There are other issues with the
Athearn model including molded-on ladders and grabs, a crude underframe
with backwards brake parts, and other detail parts that are substandard
compared to other choices. Sunshine Models kit #31.1, 31.2, 31.3 are
accurate renderings of the prototype cars. Sunshine discontinued these
kits in 2002, but it may be possible to find one for sale.
Ed Hawkins

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