Sunshine #52.10 Cotton Belt

James F. Brewer <jfbrewer@...>

I am building Sunshine #52.10 Cotton Belt 10' 2" IH Rebuilt Box. I have the basic body assembled and was beginning the underbody detail.

I noted there are no stringers on the underframe. I compared this kit to #52.12, another Cotton Belt rebuilt box car kit, and that underframe is without stringers. However, in looking at the companion Northern Pacific kit #52.6, it has stringers on the underframe.

Did the Cotton Belt rebuild these cars without stringers on the underframe? If not, what size styrene strip should I use to represent the stringers?

Whether to string or not to string...that is the question!

Best wishes.

Jim Brewer
Glenwood, MD