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    • November 17, 2019 8:02 PM EST
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      OSHA crews showed up today and this guy is a real peckerhead.

       

    • November 13, 2019 8:10 PM EST
    • Rooster,

      I can send some decals your way. You asked a while back and I forgot. 

       

      Frustrating to get so close and then have the model messed up by my mistakes with decaling. Have I mentioned how much I hate decaling?

    • November 13, 2019 8:01 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      I hate to disappoint, but this model just got a bath in 91% ISO. Too many decal errors, silvering of decals, etc for my liking so off it soaks. 

       

      Ahh the joy of model making.

      Ain't disappointing me as I personally understand. Still would not mind some of Brian's decals as I would like to honor him as well. He was an amazing modeler. I'll just slap the decals on a couple naked boxcars that have tons of errors but will carry the herald.

       

      Just saying

    • November 13, 2019 7:09 PM EST
    • I hate to disappoint, but this model just got a bath in 91% ISO. Too many decal errors, silvering of decals, etc for my liking so off it soaks. 

       

      Ahh the joy of model making.

    • November 4, 2019 5:47 PM EST
    • David Maynard said 

      I was talking about the coloured stripes in the ACI plate. Its hard to tell from the size of the picture, but I am not sure its correct for that car.

       

      Yea, I am only half serious, and half joking. Very few people viewing trains these days even know what an ACI plate is supposed to look like. When I had the local Kinko's print some correct tags for me, in HO scale, the guy wasn't sure about me. But then, most people aren't none too sure about me.

      Yah, those aren't the right ACI tags for sure. Brian had a sheet of MicroScale ACI tags in the pile of decals, so I will use those up first. Then, I use the nice little program Burl wrote up to generate custom ACI tags.

      http://burlrice.com/LS/

    • November 4, 2019 5:44 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      Not sure what you mean? The ACI plate is on the left hand side. The numbers and spacing of the panels on the model are not the same width as the prototype. It might be a little low, but the DTI logo on the right is to high as well.

       

       

      I was talking about the coloured stripes in the ACI plate. Its hard to tell from the size of the picture, but I am not sure its correct for that car.

       

      Yea, I am only half serious, and half joking. Very few people viewing trains these days even know what an ACI plate is supposed to look like. When I had the local Kinko's print some correct tags for me, in HO scale, the guy wasn't sure about me. But then, most people aren't none too sure about me.

    • November 7, 2019 9:44 AM EST
    • Wow $40 a car. That's a steal! I wonder if that is a AML warehouse clearance move.

    • November 7, 2019 7:20 AM EST
    • Ted Doskaris said:

      Dan,

      Hayward and Union City, CA is almost directly across the San Francisco bay from where I live. Did you get that car via ebay or an individual?

      eBay seller hobby-g.  I got 8 cars from him. All AML $40 each!

       

    • November 7, 2019 2:14 AM EST
    • Dan,

      Hayward and Union City, CA is almost directly across the San Francisco bay from where I live. Did you get that car via ebay or an individual?

      Thank you,

      -Ted

    • November 6, 2019 7:30 AM EST
    • Ted Doskaris said:

      Dan,

      Are the trucks and couplers the same on both cars?

      Yes they are Ted

      I suspect "This Car" is an AML pre production car that perhaps unintentionally (or maybe purposely) got loose from Accucraft / AML.

      They were shipped from Hayward, CA about 13 mins from AML Accucraft in Union City!

    • November 6, 2019 1:34 AM EST
    • Dan,

      Are the trucks and couplers the same on both cars?

      I suspect "This Car" is an AML pre production car that perhaps unintentionally (or maybe purposely) got loose from Accucraft / AML.

      -Ted

       

    • November 5, 2019 10:12 PM EST
    • OK, So now that I've really taken some time to inspect this thing I no longer believe it to be a kitbash.  The top corners of the ends have the wrong angle to be USAT and Rooster is correct - The USAT hatch covers are rounded.

      Very good possibility this is another AML run.

      No parts on the car look to be scratch built.

      Looking inside, Normal AML cars are shiny plastic color matching the outside.  This one looks to be gray plastic with a light coat of oxide red and then grey primer.

      So, does anyone else have a car like this?

    • November 5, 2019 2:27 PM EST
    • It wouldn't surprise me that AML would have two different hatch covers. Heck USAT has two different styles as well. They have the long trough hatch and then the small circular hatch.

    • November 5, 2019 1:18 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      I wonder if it was a preproduction sample AML model? 

      I was thinking the same thing. I don't think it's a kit bash (possible I suppose) as I'm pretty sure the USA hatch covers are rounded on the ends. Perhaps there were two different AML runs ? I have a few of them but they are at home and I'm at work.

    • November 5, 2019 11:34 AM EST
    • I wonder if it was a preproduction sample AML model? 

      Do you have more photos you can share? I'm really intrigued now and want to figure out if it truly is a kitbash/scratch built.

       

      I will add, I forgot to day there is one other cover hopper model floating out there, and that is Burl Rice's model. But I don't think this is one of those.

      http://burlrice.com/_LS_PS2CD4427/ 

    • November 5, 2019 8:23 AM EST
    • OK, So I believe it's a kitbash.  Most looks to be AML except the ends and hatches match USAT.  Some work had to be done to move the hinges around as the spacing is not the same for AML.  Also, for some reason, the modeler decided to switch the A & B ends so the hatches open to the opposite side.

    • November 5, 2019 1:41 AM EST
    • Dan,

      As far as I know these are the available commercial hopper cars.

       

      1.LGB 3 bay covered hopper

      2. USAT 4 bay covered hopper

      3. AML 3 bay covered hopper

       

      That is it. If its not LGB (super easy to spot), then by default its AML. The USAT is not a PS2 model.

       

      So if it has 3 bays, and not 4 it can't be a USAT version (nor is the USAT flat like the AML. 

       

      This leaves 2 possibilities: 

      1. AML model.

      2. Kitbashed/scratch built.

       

      I will try and take a photo of my USAT and LGB cars to show you the difference. I don't have any AML cars.

    • November 4, 2019 11:44 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      Its a AML car. AML made a PS2 covered hopper.

      The USAT covered hopper is a 4 bay.

      http://accucraft.com/modelc/G431-01-HOPPER.htm

      Craig, did you look at the pictures?  5 of them look like the CSX one and match those in the link you supplied.  Can't imagine AML made one that has USAT ends and hatches.

       It's a 3 bay with the flat ribbed sides like the AML

    • November 4, 2019 11:29 PM EST
    • Its a AML car. AML made a PS2 covered hopper.

      The USAT covered hopper is a 4 bay.

      http://accucraft.com/modelc/G431-01-HOPPER.htm

    • November 4, 2019 10:10 PM EST
    • I recently acquired a bunch of AML cars and noticed one was a bit different.   I initially thought someone had made locks for the hatches but upon closer inspection I see the ends match that of the USAT ACF center-flow however, the roof walks are plastic.  The car is Undecorated, 3mm longer and lacks the pneumatic unloading ports.  Came with AML trucks.