Re: Athearn Blue Box Gondola

Schuyler Larrabee

At 01:00 PM 2/5/2011 -0500, you wrote:
When we used to ask, "why not prototype for -foot gondola and the 50-foot
flat" our local hobby Shop owner (Dan at the Little Depot in Anaheim, CA)
said, "because they fit in the box" referring to the original shot Blue
Box. He said that Irv spent more on box than the plastic inside
it. Perhaps a
little over simplistic but it makes sense.
Except they didn't fit in the box. The 50' box cars and the 50' gondola
had to be jammed into the box diagonally which put a lot of pressure on the
couplers. Some of the longer cars had the box extended and it still wasn't
long enough to accommodate the finished model.

Nowadays I keep two-piece boxes like Branchline's and use them for parts
and project trays. I pretty much throw away all sleeve and clamshell boxes.


Andy, you weren't supposed to put the car back in the box after you'd
mounted the couplers! You were supposed to put it on the 4x8 and throw the
box away.


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