I bought 2 of the OK Engines Slumbercoaches without skirts for the purpose of Amtrak phase 3 custom painting.  They are still  at the painters but will be back soon for final assembly and such.  

Any one else have these that can share pics and or tips on these nice looking aluminum cars?20190714_105448

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I like these OK shells a lot.  Mine are not as nice as yours because I have tight curves so have always kept to the 15"-16" shorty cars.  Wiseman has underbody kits and ScaleCity sells the roof vents.  I have mostly gone with translucent windows because I figured I could do the interiors later, not that I ever have. They used to come in a variety of fluting and also they would custom punch the windows

Bruce Clouette posted:

I like these OK shells a lot.  Mine are not as nice as yours because I have tight curves so have always kept to the 15"-16" shorty cars.  Wiseman has underbody kits and ScaleCity sells the roof vents.  I have mostly gone with translucent windows because I figured I could do the interiors later, not that I ever have. They used to come in a variety of fluting and also they would custom punch the windows

Thanks! Wiseman have a website?

Scale City I have bought from before for detail parts, end gates, etc.

Bruce Clouette posted:

I like these OK shells a lot.  Mine are not as nice as yours because I have tight curves so have always kept to the 15"-16" shorty cars.  Wiseman has underbody kits and ScaleCity sells the roof vents.  I have mostly gone with translucent windows because I figured I could do the interiors later, not that I ever have. They used to come in a variety of fluting and also they would custom punch the windows

Can you fit those cars with Lionel frames, trucks, and vestibules?

Santa Fe, All the Way

The ones I got came with Masonite floors.  I don't think the standard Lionel floor will work.   However,  you can use Lionel or MTH coupler trucks pretty easily, or if you body-mount the couplers, any type of streamline era trucks.  Since I was trying to model the early Amtrak era, I didn't worry about consistency.  Some of my cars had skirts, most not, which is what you see in early Amtrak photos.  The Lionel vestibule fits the OK shells, but I added a thin strip of styrene around the perimeter.

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