1. Luckily Athearn's 34' Rib-Sided Hopper (I started with #5446 Virginian RR, but you can start with an undecorated one) .
2. Removed the second and sixth ribs. Notch the one end so it matches the other.
3. Sand the area with 400 grit sand paper. Add two new ribs in the places shown below. I used wood, but you can use styrene too for these new ribs.
4. Paint the hopper Polly Scale Engine Black.
5. Spray the car with Testors Gloss Coat, to get it ready for decals.
6. Decal the car. I chose C&O 56905, but you can chose any one in the series. I used Herald King H-140 Black Open Hopper (1973) Set. I used wheel inspection dots, ACI card and consolidated stencils from various Microscale sets I had on hand. Spray the car with Testors Dull Coat the car when complete.
7. Assemble the car per the directions. Weather the car lightly with black pastels. Seal the weathering with Testors Dull Coat.
8. You are done. You now have an interesting, and more accurate 2-bay covered hopper. It will break up the monotony of large 100 ton 3-bays nicely and make for a very prototypical Chessie coal train.
Below is the kit with the Virginian
Below the two ribs have been
Below the area where the two
ribs were has
Below new ribs have been added,
painted black after the glue dried.
Below is the car decaled and
assembly and weathering.