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This past January, Ridge Road Station had a nice sale on AMS flat cars. Even if I only used the trucks and couplers, I would be ahead of buying everything separately, so I couldn't pass up the price, even though I didn't need a flat car.

I decided to use it as a base to make a ventilated boxcar.

First, I removed what detail I could and then used my table saw to cut off the rest.




I bought some scribed siding from Ozark and cut it to shape. I added some vents using styrene angles and some steel rod. Other details were made from styrene. My scrap box yielded some grab irons.



I decided to model my roof based on a Hutchins All Steel Roof. I got some details from the 1924 Car Builders Cyclopedia. I started with some 1/8" thick styrene and added some details.


I cut some thin plywood for the doors. These were scribed and framed with styrene angle pieces.



I fashioned some door hangars out of styrene.



I got some dry transfers from Mike Oates and applied them today. There's still a few things left to do, but I'm quite pleased with it so far.

 

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Thanks!

I finally got the last fiddly bits done.

Here's the official photo.


The other side, with the door slid open.


An end, showing the brass straps holding the roofwalk.


It's hard to really see the inside through the bars, but it's nice to know there's a detailed interior.


I really liked working with those dry transfers over the wooden car...

I plan to have this at the ECLSTS - probably back in the alcove with Ric's Timesaver.
 

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John,
Ozark Miniatures has some free downloads for printing crates. Apples, oranges, and lemons. Some of them are reversed for some reason, but they still look OK.

I printed these on some card stock and then wrapped them around some wood forms I had cut out. I like FREE! ;)


 
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