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F REIG HT CA R MO DEL I NG

40-FOOT SINGLE-SHEATHED I-BRACED BOX CARS
PROTOTYPES AND STAND-INS FOR ACCURAIL HO SCALE KITS
PART I: THE SINGLE-DOOR CARS
By Richard Hendrickson

accurately represent 1 920s vintage single sheathed box cars . They're also the ftrst such kits to correctly model the Hutchins roof, which was widely used during that era. Assembling a stock Accurail kit is a simple matter because the body is a one-piece casting with all the details molded on. And though some parts such as the sill steps and brake step are un avoidably oversize, as on all molded styrene kits , most of the details are precisely scaled and realistic in ap pearance . Also , since the doors are molded onto the body , there are no awkward, oversize working door tracks and guides. Aside from trucks and couplers , the only separate parts are the floor, a steel weight, the center sills and air brake components , a one-piece running board molding, and a wire brake staff and brake wheel . No brake rigging is pro vided but the necessary slots for the levers are molded into the center sills. In painted and lettered kits the paint is thin and evenly applied and the lettering is s h ar p l y pri n ted and prototypi c a l l y correct. Accurail's steel weights, unlike the anemic weights in many other plastic kits, provide enough heft so that the weight of a finished model is very close to the 3 . 8 ounces called for by NMRA recommended practice. Nicely made dummy couplers are included, rather than the worthless X2F atrocities that
draft gear boxes are designed to accept

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he injection-molded plastic kits recently introduced by Accurail are the ftrst easy-to build kits in HO scale which

Canadian National 50 1336, one of 3, 000 cars in the 500500-503499 ser ies, was still in revenue service at Vancouver, B.G., in 1965. A B air brakes were the only apparent modifications to the car since its purchase by the CN in 1 923. - Richard H. Hendrickson photo Almost 60 years old when photo graphed at Wash ango, Ontario, in June of 1 979, CN 7491 7 was another 5 0 0 5 0 0 - 5 03 4 99 series car before being renumbered into work service. The condition of the car belied its advanced age. John Riddell photo

come in many kits and the molded-on

Kadee number 5 couplers as well.

Especially noteworthy are the trucks, new to the Accurail line, which rep resent ARAI AAR standard cast steel trucks with spring planks (though this
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Algoma Central 3 1 1 0 was in inter change service in the U.S., still with its original Vulcan trucks, when this rare (and, unfortu nately, rather fuz zy) photo was tak en. The lettering panel had just been repainted and restencilled, but the rest of the car was heavily weathered. The round white markings along the side sills were Scotchlite reflectors to make the car more visible to motorists at night. - Rail Data Services photo
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