NH C524 Close-Up
 
New Haven NE5 34-foot steel caboose (NH C524).  This scratchbuilt model is fabricated from a number of mediums.  The floor/underframe and body core are rapid prototype resin parts formed on a ProJet 3000Plus printer at the XHD resolution, the equivalent of Shapeways FXD.  The body inset panels and roofwalks are etched, either from brass or stainless steel.  The ladders, end railings and steel weight were taken from the Keyser Valley caboose kit by Eastern Seaboard Models.  The grab irons and loop railings at the top of the ladders are phosphor bronze wire.  The roof stanchions are micro eyelets. Evergreen clear styrene for the windows.  Commercial parts used include the smokestack from the International 1945 class NE6 steel caboose by Atlas, #2001 Micro-Trains couplers and Ajax brakewheels, Atlas leafspring friction-bearing caboose trucks, and Fox Valley metal wheelsets.  Polly Scale water-based paint and Microscale decals, except for the end numbers which were custom printed on an Alps.  The model was sprayed with Dullcote and weathered with pastels.  This model took 1st place in the Rolling Stock Caboose category of the model contest at the N-Scale Enthusiast 24th Annual National N Scale Convention in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2016.