Back in December 2010, I summarized the tank car projects I was finishing to take to the January 2011 Cocoa Beach meeting, called “Prototype Rails” (you can view it at: http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2010/12/tank-car-projects-for-cocoa-beach.html). In that post, I just summarized the approach I was taking to the different tank cars.
After that early January meeting had ended, I posted photos of the two cars involved in the “tank swap,” based on an Intermountain 8000-gallon tank car kit and an Athearn “chemical” tank car kit. These were shown at: http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2011/01/tank-car-projects-for-cocoa-beach-2.html. As I said at the time, it was my plan to write up this tank swap between the two kits for magazine publication. I did so, and it’s now been published. It is included in the July 2011 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
I wanted to post this because I have had a couple of off-blog emails asking for more details on the cars shown in that post from January. In deference to RMC, I told those folks to wait for the article to come out. I hope the article is clear enough about what I did, and would enable anyone else to duplicate the work, or better yet, get ideas from it which could lead in some other direction.
I make that last point because my model of the Warren insulated car was inspired by an article by Mark Feddersen, even though I did several things a little differently than Mark did. (His article has the following citation: Mark Feddersen, “ICC-104 Insulated Tank Car,” Mainline Modeler, October 1985, pp. 63-69.) Here’s a repeat of my photo of that car (duplicating what I showed previously as well as what is in the magazine version).
Modeling details and specifics on the car configuration are, as I said, in the RMC article. More later.