Fun but a foob. I've lost track of all of the changes and modifications that I made to this old McKean covered hopper. Every time I looked at prototype photos of these cars, I found something else that needed to be corrected. And it still isn't right. I'll let the rivet counters find all the flaws. But it was a learning experience, and I had a chance to do some things that I haven't done in the past. I sectioned and lengthened a Plano Models etched metal roof walk. I'm continually amazed at these kits- great instructions, everything goes together well, and they are relatively easy to build. And they look fantastic.
I also had the chance to rebuild the side ladders using flat brass stock and Tichy plastic grab irons.
The prototype photo below shows what I was trying to achieve, although it was taken at a later date.
Now I'm off to work on a Tangent gon that needs nothing more than a little weathering.