Last week, I stumbled across a post on Model Railroad Hobbyist's Facebook page about an offer of a sprue of Wheels of Time's lumber load. Simply sending an e-mail request to Wheels of Time would get you one sprue of their new lumber load, and the best part was that it was free! So I sent an e-mail early in the week (maybe Monday?) and on Thursday the sprue arrived in the mail. Not only was the product free, but the service was quick, too. (Sorry- the offer has now expired)
Below is a picture of the sprue along with the small lumber load already put together.
The sprue contains one each of 8', 10' 12' and 14' loads along with vertical stickers to separate the loads. The photo below shows a close-up of the assembled load 8' load.
There is minimal flash on the pieces and they snap together and fit perfectly. There are complete directions along with detail on prototype loads (and photos) on the Wheels of Time website. Here's a link: http://www.wheelsotime.com/ho-scale-lumber-load/. I plan to paint the loads a lighter color to more closely resemble new lumber and then add the straps per the instructions.
This is a really nice product, very cleverly designed and well thought out. And what a great way to get people to sample the product! Kudos to Wheels of Time for the neat lumber loads and the innovative advertising campaign. And yes, I have already ordered some for the flat cars on the railroad that have been running around empty for what seems like forever.