Model railroading, as a hobby, offers you the chance to try your hand at a wide range of projects, each demanding somewhat different skills. Within the overall hobby there are other hobbies that can include just watching the trains run, building benchwork, laying track electrical wiring, kit-building, creating structures, constructing scenery, operating a layout like a real railroad, and much, much more. One of those hobbies-within-the-hobby is freight car modeling.
Railmodel Journal's contributors and I have a commitment to helping you build freight car models that are accurate recreations of the real thing. There are many modelers who focus their attention on the locomotive and ignore the other 90 percent of the train, the freight cars. That. however, is changing as the hobby grows and expands. At one time, the average modeler would settle for just a generic "diesel" with either a carbody (like an F3) or a hood (like a GP9) and. maybe. either four-wheel or six-wheel trucks. Knowledge about the real locomotive ended there. Today, many modelers can tell the specific prototype for each of their diesels and even the phase or group within that prototype design, and many have matched every small grabiron. lift ring, horn, fuel filler and other details to those used by specific real railroads. And many are now applying that dedication to improving the accuracy and detail of the freight cars behind the locomotive.
Frankly, recreating a prototype freight car is a bit more of a challenge than recreating most diesels. The vast majority of the freight cars kits, particularly most of those offered by Atheam, MDC, Life-Like, Bachmann, Con-Cor and Model Power, were designed (at least originally) for use with toy train sets, and hence, the details are cast on strong enough (and gross enough) to withstand handling by small children. Still, these models possess basic shapes and details that can be improved to make them look as realistic as those S100 imported brass freight car models. That's the major thrust of this book: to help you to improve any freight car, from the $2.00 toy to the S20 cast resin kit and, yes, even to painting, lettering and weathering those S100 brass models.
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