Re: Red Ball B&O wagon top


Andy, F&C makes the wagon top B&O  N43 covered hopper kit. Looks great when finished.

Mark Morgan

--- On Wed, 1/26/11, Andy Harman <gsgondola@...> wrote:

From: Andy Harman <gsgondola@...>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Red Ball B&O wagon top
To: STMFC@...
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 6:08 PM


On Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:39:36 -0000, EdwardM wrote

The rivets on those sides were gigantic - maybe 2 scale inches +.

I thought it was an interesting concept at the time, but we're talking zinc alloy

castings you have to bend. Gently. In a smooth curve. All of them the same. And you

only get one chance I would imagine they don't like to be bent back for a second try.

Did F&C do the wagon top hopper in some form? I have always liked the car - when I was

a kid I remember seeing them at the B&O / CG&E O scale layout at Christmas. I actually

think having this display as an annual visit helped make me a prototype modeler at a

young age. These cars were hand built in the late 1930s, when scale modeling was in its

infancy, to a level of detail that commercial products didn't aspire to for another 3

decades. I'd love to have the opportunity to just photograph all of the rolling stock.


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