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Kent,

Great to see interest in 1:32. Your post indicates laser cut wood kits, but you indicate tank cars as one of the potential cars. Are looking for suggestions for cars where the prototype was wood, or do you have a way to recreate steel cars?

If you can do steel cars, then I agree with Semper that a 1940’s tank car would be a good model. A 70 ton, 3 bay, rib side hopper based on late 1940’s designs would also be a good choice.

If the cars would be wood then the outside braced boxcar would be a great choice as Richard points out. I know Ozark has been working on one in addition to the gons, but those have been a work in progress for some time, so it is in the category of I’ll believe it when I see it. It would be a shame to have a duplicative effort however, given the dearth of 1:32 cars on the market.

I know you don’t want to do a caboose, but here is a thought, particularly if the prototype needs to be wood. Wood caboose design varied by railroad and even within a railroad, due to local union agreements. However, most center cupola wood cabooses had almost identical overall dimensions with the variance being in the window arrangement in the cupola and sides. With just a bit more work, developing a generic caboose that could have unique sides might have a market. When Aster release the NKP Berk, someone build a NKP caboose that I understand has been well received. The S-2 has no caboose available and nor does the C&O H-8 by Accucraft. Wood cabooses could be found on most roads into the 50’s so they would also work for the upcoming Accucraft GP-9.

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Kent,

I can provide detailed digitized drawings of C&O 50 ton AAR offset side of the mid 30's that are similar to coal cars used by many railroads, and the 70 ton cars I mentioned above. I might be able to provide drawings for other C&O cars that would be relatively generic, so let me know of anything specific and I will look into it. These drawings are from the C&O Historical Society.

Also, as long as we are in dream mode, if steel cars are a consideration, then heavy weight passenger cars would be a nice offering. Head end mail and express/baggage, a RPO with a 15 or 30 foot apartment, single or paired window coaches, diner, and 10-6 or 12-6 Pullmans would be great. Kern Valley has been working on doing something similar for quite awhile, but just like the Ozark cars, there seem to be delivery issues.

Mike
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