Here are two Atlas flatcars I have shortened and added Kadee couplers. They are painted maroon and weathered with burnt sienna and rust colors. Decals are from a Microscale letter set. Due to my narrow curves, I like my rolling stock to max out at around 40'.
How do you cut them?
Very nice work.
nice weathering too.
Here is a very brief description of how I cut the cars:
1. Figure out how much you want to cut out of the length. It is best to have a general measurement, say around 10 scale feet, not 10 feet 3 inches. Look at the model to see where the cuts can be made, taking into account the stake pocket spacing, floorboards, etc. Mark these cut areas with a Sharpie.
2. Disassemble the model. Separate the body from the chassis and the floor casting.
3. Cut the body and glue back together using a straight edge to line up the pieces, don't depend on the accuracy of the cuts. Allow this to dry a couple of hours.
4. Fit the body bolsters into the body. #901 I moved them outward from the stock model and #902 I used the stock location. Cut up the metal chassis to fit inside the body, with the bolsters properly located.
5. Mount the body mount couplers, add details, paint, lettering, etc.
Great simple engineering rework job, outstanding idea!