50-foot boxcar w/sliding doors, Reading (RDG 19807).
I utilized a number of Micro-Trains parts to kitbash this model. I started with
removing the ends from a 50-foot plug-door no-roofwalk boxcar body. I removed all
the ladder, plug door detail and plug door guides and sanded everything smooth. I cut
ends from a 40-foot no-roofwalk boxcar shell, which has the half-height ladders molded
in. The ends were filed and attached to the 50-foot body, which took a little doing
because the molds for the 40-foot and 50-foot cars are not exactly the same dimensions!
I sanded the back of two modern 12-foot doors and centered them on the car sides. New
door guides and stops were fashioned from Evergreen styrene, and Detail Associates
half-height ladders were attached to the sides at either end. Modern-boxcar
stirrups were added to a 50-foot standard underframe. Roller bearing trucks were
added. The car was airbrushed in Accu-Paint Reading green, and decorated with Eastern
Seaboard Models' Reading "Buy U.S. Savings Bonds" billboard scheme decals. The car
was sealed with a clear coat, and weathered with pastels. In 2007, I lowered the height
of the car and added a cushioned underframe with Accu-Mate couplers.