Nation Wide Lines posted:George S posted:
I'll let the cat out of the bag and post my projects here. There are two hard to find cars that I want in my collection. While I am waiting to find them at a less than stratospheric price, I will make close replicas (tagging them appropriately per TCA). First is an Ives 122 tank car. This car is built on an Ives 9" frame with snake couplers. Ives used a Lionel 800 series tank on the car. I found some reasonable donor cars online. I got the Lionel tank car for $16 in pretty good shape and a couple of Ives cars for $12.50 each. I'll also restore one of the Ives cars. It needs a wheel set and some cleanup. I also would like an American Flyer 3210 dark blue tank car. I found a not so rare AF car to paint and some decals. The last one doesn't take any modding, just repainting.
Here is one for you to model.
A hint on the color, it is the dark blue of the Flying Colonel, which is a flat, non-gloss paint finish.
I can understand your thoughts on painting your own, as these are tough to find, especially in the condition of mine. I have had this one for 10+ years and it is still the finest one I have ever come across. A friend / dealer simply walked up to me at a show and said "I have something you might be interested in" I bought it and resold the one I had in my collection at that time.
That's awesome NWL. That's a great picture too, which will help me match the color. I think Rustoleum Navy will work. I was thinking of using satin finish, now I need to look for flat. I'm looking at the tank mounts on yours. They are flat black. The car I bought had copper mounts. Hopefully the car won't be too difficult to disassemble. I took an AF box car apart once and found that the tabs were spot welded to the frame!