My layout features a feed mill and the Algonquin Railway delivers the grain. To get the grain there I started collecting and building some freight cars for this online customer.
About a year ago I started to build a Sylvan Scale Models Flat top Cylindrical hopper kit. I actually found two of them at a train show but have only built one. This was my first resin kit. It was PITA to put together. Nothing against Sylvan (they make some great models) but the ladders in the kit are not usable, they represent a banana more than a ladder. I tried to straighten them with hot water and some weights, but they just kept going back to their banana shape.
I ended up making them up by modifying Tichy ladders and bits of styrene. The roof walk was also not usable, do to warpage. I modified a Plano roof walk designed for a ACF cylindrical hopper model.
Kadee 158's, cut levers, brake hoses and Branchline 70 ton Barber S-2 trucks were also added.
The decals in the kit were old and cracking. A coat of Microscale liquid decal film fixed them right up. I weathered the car using my airbrush, with paint thinned about 8/1 with thiner. Artist olils were used for the white streaking. I used a picture from the excellent Canadian Rail Car Pictorial books for reference.
I think it turned out pretty good. I really enjoy weathering cars, although I find it easy to over do it. I tried to practice some restraint on this car. I think it's my best effort yet, compared to the look of the prototype. Let me know what you think.