Site update – November 29

I’ve been laid up the last two days due to some (hopefully) simple skin surgery to remove another unusual mole. Being unable to lift or move too much this week gave me some much-needed time to catch up on some modelling that I’ve put off for far too long. Today’s work has been added to the weathering section, and shows Atlas O’s completely incorrect model of the Cotton Belt 40 foot Hi Cube.

A little history

The real SP & SSW cars in SP class B-70-36 are both small in number and used in captive service for high volume – low weight appliance service from major appliance manufacturers to distribution centres. The cars were 40′-6″ long hi-cube box cars; they were all built by Pacific Car & Foundry in 1966 and had 5001 cubic foot capacity, Hydra-Cushion underframes and 10′-6″ Youngstown sliding doors.

Image courtesy T. E. Cobb via

They came to be nicknamed the “Ugly Ducklings” due their awkward appearance. Built for appliance service and used later in their life for other roles the SP cars in class B-70-36 were numbered as follows:

  • SP 659100-659111 and had DF-B loaders

The Cotton Belt cars (the highest number) in class B-70-36 were numbered as follows:

  • SSW 36014-36126 DF, DF-B, Car Pac loaders

The car being weathered, as provided by Atlas, is car number 36000 which was a wooden sheathed car of a completely different class. The car is actually a Pullman-Standard built Hi-Cube boxcar built for the D&RGW in November of 1967 (see image below). Built for Whirlpool appliance service D&RGW’s 67422 (shown below) had Equipco load dividers and was assigned to load on the Erie Lackawanna at Marion, Ohio. 67422 was also equipped with Pullman-Standard’s ‘Damage Free’ Hydroframe and was painted in the Grande’s contemporary ‘Action Road’ livery.

Image courtesy of James Belmont via

Weathering the model

On this model I’ve tried a multi-disciplinary approach. I’ve used just about everything in my weathering tool chest. Oils, Acrylics, RustAll and Weathering Powders. It’s a bit of an experiment in seeing how to integrate all the different techniques I’ve used. You can head on over to the new page now or take a look at a couple of images of the work today.

Early afternoon shot of the weathering on the roof
Early afternoon shot of the weathering on the roof
Lower resolution image showing the weathering on the floor
Lower resolution image showing the weathering on the floor

I’ll be posting more photos tomorrow as I work on finishing this car. Enjoy the full-page.


4 thoughts on “Site update – November 29”

  1. Great work Andrew.
    I look forward to reading your weathering techniques.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Enjoy the extra train time!


  2. THanks Charles – I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop at the moment. The time between the removal and the return of the results for the biopsy is a very stressful time for me. I’ve had one round with Melanoma and do not want a second one. Your thoughts and best wishes are greatly appreciated.


  3. I appreciate the fact that you actually do your homework when it comes to prototypes and specifics. So many modelers, manufacturers, and hobbyists in general like taking the easy route and saying “close enough” to models that are very distinct from each other. Well done!


    1. Thanks for the feedback sirmetaladon. I like that things are ‘right’. That doesn’t mean that I am a rivet counter, although I certainly can be. I have learned from working in the transit industry that what works and what is original are nowhere near the same thing. If it has to be on the road today, no matter what, sometimes panel lines don’t meet up, paint is scratched and messed up and the thing is filthy when it should be clean. But it needs to be on the road. I’m bringing that into my modelling more and more, and being less worried about the perfectionist thing. I still enjoy understanding for example how something came to be, and what iterations it has gone through so that I can map out ‘my take’ on reality though.


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