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MrKLUKE

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« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2006, 02:15:15 AM »
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Re: Quest for the PRR H45 covered hopper
« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2006, 06:53:31 AM »
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Hey,
thats looking good,

John.

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Re: Quest for the PRR H45 covered hopper
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2006, 11:16:18 PM »
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Do you think each model manufacturer actually tried to duplicate a specific covered hopper OR do you think some versions are accurate while some versions are half-accurate and still others are just bogus?

You hit it absolutely right. Some try to get it right, others try a "one size fits all" approach and yet others use their imaginations excessively. Athearn is noted for the last.

I don't think that's necessarily fair.  Athearn may have put the wrong schemes on their 5250, but it's not a bogus model in and of itself.  Accurail is just as guilty of putting the wrong schemes on their cars as Athearn.

The Accurail car represents a 4600 cubic foot Plate B hopper (see here for the AAR clearance diagrams: http://www.emdx.org/rail/Gabarit/index.html) manufactured after 1971.  The Front Range 3 bay hopper represents the ACF 4650cf hopper, which is a Plate C (taller and wider) car, also post-1971.  Atlas and Intermountain both offer pre- and post-1971 4650cf hoppers, both of which are much nicer than the FR model.  And the Athearn four bay hopper is a 5250cf hopper, which again is a Plate C car.

Of course, in terms of the paint jobs Athearn et al have put on these cars certainly does fall under the "one size fits all" category.

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« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2006, 12:58:30 AM »
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« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2006, 06:17:26 PM »
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Re: Quest for the PRR H45 covered hopper
« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2006, 06:38:09 PM »
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You say the frame warped. Do you mean the bottom portion where you goo'd the cut weight to? If so, it could very easily just be because of the goo. The solvent in it could have softened the plastic and with the weight being in pieces the weight couldn't act as a structural element to hold the weakened plastic in place as an uncut weight would have.

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« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2006, 10:11:46 PM »
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