40-foot Fruehauf trailer, Norfolk & Western (NWZ 205835).
I started with the Micro-Trains 48-foot trailer decorated for Norfolk & Western. The
railroad's trailers in this series were actually 40-foot trailers, so I proceeded to shorten the model
to the proper length.
the front of the trailer was cut from the body just in from the front seam and filed smooth.
The remainder of the body was cut to a scale 39 feet, and filed evenly
so that the nose fit seamlessly. The nose was reattached and secured with
liquid plastic cement. Fruehauf Z-Van decals from Micro Scale were added to the front
and back. The bottom frame below the rear doors was painted black, and the marker lights
and taillights were painted in clear amber and red respectively. A middle section of
the floor was removed in proportion to the body. The tires and mud flaps were sprayed
flat clear coat, and the rims were hand painted silver.
The landing gear was sprayed flat clear coat. Diesel exhaust
residue was simulated by airbrushing a black wash over the roof and front upper corners of