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DakotaLove39

Always Improvising
I got ahold of three Bowser kits for Milwaukee Road wood chip hoppers. The cars are solid, and if not heavily detailed should be easy for anyone to super-detailed. The really interesting part is that Bowser supplies plastic wood chip loads for these cars.

And of course they are boring and flat-looking, painted one simple sandy color. That just won't do for me, so I dug out my razor saw and I took it to a maple stick from my front yard and made some sawdust. When I had enough, I brushed some watered down wood glue on the plastic loads and dusted them. Allow that to set up for a while (maybe about 15 mins) and then cover the whole thing with another round of watered down wood glue.
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When finished, the loads look pretty good and are also pretty durable.
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(Unfortunately this car has broken a truck after it fell off a counter. Atleast it was in its box and avoided further damage.)
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tootnkumin

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Nicely done, whose chains and flatcar?

It's funny you know, we have a Nissan dealership here which also has the John Deere agency, one of the biggest around. They import all the toy sizes of the models and have a display area for them. I've inquired about the 1:87 models, but just get told, "we don't do them". Dumb, eh.
 
I used a old burned out armature. The mounts are 3/16" plywood. The tie downs are 22 gauge copper wire. I didn't glue the mounts to the floor as I was able to secure the wire, so there is no movement. It might not be prototypical,
but it sure looks good.

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CambriaArea51

Well-Known Member
Those JD tractors are a great load. Really nice work. But isn't that roll of towel paper going to exceed tunnel clearances, when you put it on a flatcar? :p Length looks okay, though.
Those JD tractors are a great load. Really nice work. But isn't that roll of towel paper going to exceed tunnel clearances, when you put it on a flatcar? :p Length looks okay, though.
It was the only thing white I could fine for a background.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
Don't know how I missed this post. Here are some old Athearn blue box freight cars tha are over 30 years old. Not a whole lot of choice back then. I model the transition era set in 1957.

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Nothing fancy, but with a little bit of weathering, it's hard to tell these old cars apart from more expensive modern cars. These two cabooses are wood kits, Silver Streak I believe, also over 30 years old.

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They are still around and used on a regular basis with no problems. I can't can't see paying big bucks for highly detailed freight cars. The details under the cars area really nice, but I keep mine right side up and these details won't be seen.
 





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