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A few weeks ago, I finished my SMS SW1200 engine.  I figured I needed modern freight cars for it to move around.  The SMS handles a lot of tank cars with various products.  VP Racing is one of those customers and they have some very cool and clean tank cars.

I found this Atlas 2 Rail tank car online ridiculously cheap.  So I bought 4 of them.

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The NS First responder paint job is very cool and I even offered it up here for a trade if someone had a plain black car, but there were no takers.  So, in the alcohol bath it went.

I was surprised to learn that this was two pieces.  The lower part is actually metal, and it what gives the car it's nice weight.

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Next it was time for primer and then the beautiful blue.

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I was very happy with this color Brilliant Blue TS-44 from Tamyia.  It appeared to be a great match with the prototype.

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Pic used with permission from the owner.

The decals were custom from HiBall Graphics.  Jim did an outstanding job on these getting every detail correct.  I REALLY like how he made the VP and Fuels a clear decal so it picked up the Blue from the tank car.  No colors to match!

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I had to put HiRail wheels on the model but left the Atlas scale couplers.

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I was a little surprised the Tamiya gloss coat I used to cover the decals changed the shade blue just a touch.  It looks a little lighter to me now.

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