|Although this car looks modern it actually was painted and lettered prior to the end of 1952.|
This particular Union tank car was one of the models John Nehrich covered in an article published in Mainline Modeler, Aug. 1996, an article covering four freight cars the NEB&W experimented with while beefing up the NEB&W fleet. This was an era that saw an explosion in more sophisticated steam-era shake-the-box and cast-resin kits emerging. What caught my attention in the article was the colour scheme of this Union 76 tank car. I thought it was kind of neat for that era. John mentioned the car looked modern for a 1950's fleet but actually a B&W prototype photo describing the colours was found in an Athearn ad published in a 1952 MR. It mentioned blue and orange but not the actual shade...so one does not know for sure if Walthers got it correct. With a good amount of weathering it deflects what the true blue and orange are.
|This is what I got in the box.|
|The dome is painted orange. I like using my Testor brushes for this type of work. They are cheap and easy to use.|
There is a lot I could have added and removed, but a few simple changes made notable improvements. I removed the stirrups as they looked very thick. These are replaced with some I had on hand in my parts supply. I used Kadee true scale couplers instead of the hook style supplied. I changed out the over scale brake wheel with a Tichy brake wheel and a thin brass stem. The center pin hole on the trucks needed to be reamed out a bit since they did not swivel well as is. I used a good amount of Bragdon powders on this car to tone the colour down a bit. That's it, after working on the tank car on and off (or should I say between layout clean up chores) by supper I had another tank car for the White River Division....mission accomplished....George Dutka
|I gave my car a good dose of weathering.|
|There is a lot more that could have been added and changed to better detail the car but I think it fits in well with minimal work.|