Progress continues to be made on all of the projects that were listed back in parts 1 and 3 of the Finishing Stuff series of posts. The two pulpwood flats that were kitbashed from old Athearn Blue Box gondolas and Tichy pulpwood flat ends have been completed. The photos below show the two cars.
The inspiration for these cars came from a C&O Historical Society magazine article on gons that were converted to pulpwood flats. The photo below shows the cars in revenue service during the most recent op session.
The Moloco SAL Fruit Growers Express car has finally been finished. It was weathered with artist's acrylics and Pan Pastels.
The roof of this car was weathered based upon the photo below by Richard Jahn.
And one of the home road covered hopper cars is finally getting weathered. I've used artist's oils and water soluble oils so far.
With a lot of additional time on my hands now, I've started several other projects. There is a Bowser Alco C628 in the paint shop that will be decorated for the home road. It will paired with a LV C628 that is in the paint shop to be weathered. And of course, there are still plenty of freight car kits to build. It's times like these that make me extremely grateful for the wonderful hobby of model railroading.