Below is a pic of the class of C&O Boxcar
kit represents. It is a John Whitmore photo.
John Whitmore Photo
1. Remove all the parts from the box. Separate them carefully from their trees.
2. Apply a consolidated stencil, ACI card, and wheel inspection dot as seen in the photo below.
3. Assemble the car.
4. Streak the car with a dry brush of white paint. Concentrate on the area directly under any of the white lettering.
5. Overspray the entire car with engine black.
6. Take an eraser and gently rub the car in vertical strokes down the sides of the car. Use the eraser on the top of the car by going across the width of the car. This should leave the black in the crevices but the main surfaces should look reddish. See pics below for clarity.
7. Seal the car with dullcoat.
8. Paint the wheel faces rust colors.
9. You are done, enjoy your 40' boxcar.
Below is a pic of the kit right out of the
Notice how many parts there are in this kit compared to the five
in an Athearn kit.
Below is a pic of the decals applied. The
came from Herald King (ACI) and Microscale (wheel inspection dot
Below is the boxcar fully assembled, ready for
Below is a pic of the boxcar showing off the
white paint that is characteristic of an old boxcar.
Below is the car after being oversprayed with
Notice how much darker it looks then the pic above. Now it
to look like an old boxcar.
Below is an out of focus shot of the sides after
the eraser to them. Be careful around the decals, you can
off if you erase them too much.
Below is a pic of the top of the boxcar before I
erasing it. It is a little out of focus but shows a good
between how dark the overspray made the car look and how
weathered it looks
after the eraser treatment.
Below is the finished car. The white
still be seen in some parts. It is very subtle like the
This is a quick and easy project that I hope you can
almost all of your 40' boxcars need to be in predecessor
this one (or a B&O or WM predecessor scheme).