Proto 2000 Flat Car Review
Life-Like Proto 2000 50' Flat Car...
Another fine addition to the Life-Like high end series
(Proto 2000 sub-brand name) is the 50' flat car. This kit is readily
available at any hobby store and sells for around $10. This is a
fabulous kit with only one glaring problem, it does not come decorated
in any WM, B&O, or C&O paint schemes right now. Hopefully
a second or third release of this kit will, but for now you need to decorate
This kit meets the 80% standard I have for being protypically
Below is a pic of the real thing. It is a Dean Heacock
I have done two of these. Both came in the 1950's
WM paint scheme. I repainted them to match 1970's era photos I had.
You will need to strip off, or paint over, the original lettering and decal
it to match a WM paint job.
The kit is easy to put together. Its' frame is metal
so it is a nicely weighted car. The wood deck on the top comes pre-weathered,
which cuts down on the work you have to do.