Among the limited number of available 15" aluminum passenger car shells with offset domes, the LIONEL UP 6-19121 is the most available for repainting to simulate NP's North Coast Limited; GN's Empire Builder; and, other consists.
The UP car is advertised as smooth-sided but it is not; it has 4 extrusion ridges for the red stripes as shown in this photo:
A former club member had a business with a machine shop, but that resource is no longer available to me as he's sold the business. And the post-milling surfaces had some scars that required minor body filler work to eliminate.
Is this scarring typical of milling aluminum? Is there someone available who can do this for me? I have 6 cars I'd like to get done.
Thanks for any advice and suggestions.
Note: the photo shown was taken by the writer of this post.