CAN STILL MODEL CHEAPLY…IF YOU LEARN WHERE TO SHOP!!!!
Never skip an opportunity to sift through the bargain bin at your local hobby shop.
During recent visits to my train monger, I scooped up a pair of Roundhouse Apache Railway boxcars and an Atlas Burlington Northern covered hopper for the basement price of $2.50 apiece.
Out of the box, the models weren’t worth much more than that. The lettering and finish were poor and the running gear was truck-mounted Rapido couplers and ancient plastic wheels. But we can fix all that.
Here’s the step-by-step for the hopper. The boxcars got similar treatment:
I removed the old trucks and discarded them, retaining the bolster pins. (I’ve found that older rolling stock doesn’t always accept new Micro-Trains pins.) I then gave the car a good spray of dullcoat to give the shiny finish a little tooth.
Using a toothpick dipped in burnt sienna paint, I dappled the sides and ends of the car…
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