|Left side of SP 45752, Model by Jason Hill|
|B-end view of SP 45752, model by Jason Hill|
The original underframe and floor was scrapped. Sheet lead was used to bring the car up to club standard weight of 3.25 Oz. I think this car might be slightly heavier. A new second hand Athearn 40ft boxcar underframe was used to supply the rough underbody brake details, bolsters, and draft gear boxes.
|Empty interior of SP 45752, model by Jason Hill|
|Removable ballast load, model by Jason Hill|
Paint was Floquil (Boxcar) Freight Car Red and decals were Microscale SP freight cars, probably from the 87-911 set meant for 40ft USRA (B-50-13/14) boxcars.
|Right Side of SP 45752, Model by Jason Hill|
In looking at the prototype photo again, there are a few things to add. One is the car should have repacking data stenciled on just above the right side truck. there should also be slight saw-tooth look from the bolsters and needle beams connecting below the side sheet.
I'm not going to worry too much about the saw-tooth look, as that is more work to scratch build than I want to do on this model. I probably will add some repack data and then give the car some light dusty "ballast" weathering. Once all is well with the car again, a light spray of dullcoat will knock down the gloss of the glue around the side boards and the car will go back into regular service.
I hope you all enjoy seeing what can be done in a few hours with a cheap flea-market car. All told a car like this could be kitbashed for about $10-15 if you find the right parts at a meet... which is less than even a new Athearn R-T-R freight car!