decided to spend enough time with mine to know what I was
talking about, so here goes:
cars most accurately (and do they!), represent the final and
largest group of F30A built 1934-ish, with the wider B end
frame extension outside the bolster, and the stake pocket
lips. They are pretty much spot on for those cars. Mine
are numbered accurately.
are also pretty accurate for the F30D and F30G, except for
the stake pocket lip, which if you are a real stickler, you
could shave off. I can’t believe anyone would even notice,
but that’s your solution. Touch-up paint = Modelflex Dark
Tuscan Oxide Red (DTOR), for PRR era.
Some F30A were converted to both F30D and F30G, so don’t get
caught up in that argument.
“nail hole” in the stake pocket is not a mistake. Some F30A
had them, some didn’t. In all my research for the PRR flat
car book, and staring at hundreds of photos, I never figured
lightening holes in the u/f are spot on.
trucks are good renditions of the “spring-leaf-spring” PRR
truck found on these cars.
deck looks very accurate for the F30 in general. The
drilled depressions for the carriage bolts are especially
look of the cast frame is very convincing.
the hand brake wheel looks correct. First time for that.
design/construction choice of metal for pretty much the
entire car means they track really well without a load.
the number that were built, and the fact they traveled all
over, this is a good add for your fleet, even if you model
west coast. The F30A I repeatedly crawled all over
measuring and photo documenting over the years was found at
the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
you want to question my enthusiasm for this car, I will
admit I have been part of some PRR projects that did not
turn out well. This was an exceptionally good outcome.