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grande man

Bonafied Grande Nut
Here's a few hopper ideas. Note the spray painted marks where repairs are needed.






Diesel Detail Freak
Nice, never seen that before, although it is unnerving to see a box car with "flammble" placards and a wheel with "Broken" sprayed on it...


A bunch of shots I've taken over the last few months...

1: A CN over Conrail boxcar with Penn Central fading through on the top.
2: A white tanker with an overall dirty look to it. I love those two grey "splashes" on the bottom.
3: HPJX over UP.
4: Sabine River & Northern ex-Marinette Tomahawk & Western boxcar. Athearn makes a regular MT&W boxcar that you could start with. I believe a very similar car was the subject of a contest on the Railwire a while back.


1: I love the stark contrast of the rust on this one.
2: A neat looking airslide hopper painted for GATX but with SOO reporting marks.
3: Southern hopper. You can never have enough of these.
4: A TIMX molten sulphur tankcar with yellow streaks down the side.


Stay off the tracks!
A closer look at the first one:

Old Veteran:

Odd looking corrosion:

Same car, closer up - label says that "special steels are used in car construction":


Active Member


This is the exact (Atlas) car I'm working on now!!!


Man! I went wayyy to dark (heavy) on that one! DH'O!:mad:
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