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Mini-Kit Prototype Conversion

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Mini-Kit - A Great Entry Into Prototype Modeling
Author and Model by: Rob Manley

auto box car

Editor Note: The above car is a modification of an existing model by Proto 2000. Rob added a Mini-Kit which is a small collection of parts to the existing model. The additional parts give the car a more accurate look when compared to a real or 'prototype' car.

These resin conversions or "Mini-Kits" are a great entrance into the world of Proto-bashing or resin cars. It allows the modeler to experience the world of resin building with out the difficulty of building an entire car ot of a multi-media kit. The main advantage in one of these mini kits is that all the prototype research is done and the decals and necessary parts to make a distinctive car in one bag. The intro price isn't as severe either.

Rob Manley


Hot Metal Car Weathering

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hot metal car

The photo pictured above is a hot metal car model by Walthers.  Ballast was used to simulate the skull buildup around the top of the car.  Airbrushing and masking was employed to give the car a used look around the steel mill.  - Mark N. Goedert


Spill Recovery Car

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spill recovery car

Model Built by: Nicholas J. Goedert

My Dad saw an article in the NMRA Bulletin (Scale Rails) magazine on interesting PVC car loads. The feature was a spill recovery car that uses PVC caps as two halves of a storage tank.


Coupler Conversion Car

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Freight cars are connected together with couplers. There are different kinds of couplers and most models in the US fall into two basic categories; horn hook (called XF25 style) and hnuckle style (Kadee© coupler style).Fortunately today most scale model trains come with the more realistic looking knuckle style couplers. Not too long ago the standard coupler for all rolling stock kits was the horn hook coupler. What do you do if you have both?

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