ACF 2-bay Centerflow covered hopper, Erie Lackawanna (EL 21393).
I liked the stock issue release by Atlas Model R.R. Co., but I wanted to detail the car
based on a photograph I had of the prototype without disturbing the current graphics.
I started by masking off the graphics for protection, then sanded the relief smooth on the
belt rail at the top of the sides. I added the side horizontal support rib to
backdate the car to the late 1960s. End platform floors were fashioned from
Evergreen sheet styrene. The stock roofwalk was discarded, and the roofwalk
mounting pins were cemented into the holes and formed to match the roof contour.
A Gold Metal Models stainless steel roofwalk was cemented into place. the floors
and side ribs were painted gray to match the body. Micro-Trains roller bearing trucks
with low-flange wheels were painted gray and mounted. The masking tape protecting
the graphics was removed. Rust weathering was added using deluted Accu-Paint and
a thin brush. Certain areas of the body were masked and spray painted a gray color
darker than the body color. The car was then weathered with a dust and grime
airbrushed wash. Consolidated stencil decals were then added and then lightly
protected with a clear overcoat.