I certainly don't need another resin freight car kit, but I couldn't resist this one. It's from my good friend Pierre Oliver's Yarmouth Car Works.
The model depicts the Wabash's 88200-88699 12-panel welded boxcars. These cars were built in December of 1948 and were the first welded side cars purchased by the Wabash.
That in and of itself isn't really a big deal to me.
What's neat about this kit is the way the resin sides have been cast to create the distinctive rippling that occurs in sheet steel when it's been welded. The effect is subtle, but apparent. And it's almost impossible to duplicate on an injection plastic kit unless the effect has been cut into the tooling. I remember seeing this effect on an N scale resin PRR boxcar years ago but, as far as I know, this is a first for a commercially available HO scale kit.
In addition the kit features custom etched brass details, etched running boards, decals, and trucks. Everything but couplers.
I've ordered mine - go to the Yarmouth Models website if you want to get one of these, or one of the other kits he has available, for your railroad.
And tell Pierre I sent you!