N scale Autorack panels
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So, are there any N scale modelers out there doing any freight car detail work? If so, I have some new products available for you to try out.
After I finally figured out how to get the HO autorack panels into production, I figured it should be fairly easy to do it in N scale to fit the ConCor
Bi-Level Enclosed Autorack models. And if you have models labeled Tri-Level, I believe these are the same model. All
of the models I have are labeled Tri-level but the clam-shell doors on the end of the model are bi-level configuration. Am I missing something here?
Anyway, I am happy to report that I am finally putting these panels into production.
Much like the HO scale panels, there are several variations of panels so you should be able to match your favorite prototype. Each set or kit comes with the appropriate panels, styrene strips to hold the panels, some drill templates and I will even through in some instructions.
You do NOT have to cut out any of the car to install these panels. If you do consider cutting the background out, remember the holes in these panels are very small and may not be very see through. But it is amazing what you can see! You will have to remove the existing plastic panels if your models is assembled. Of the half dozen I have 'in work', none of the panels were glued on.
The supplied styrene strips are used to bring the metal panels out about flush with the body posts. Should want to, you can cut the body up to give you that see through look these panels will give you. Look here to see how I accomplished the task of making a see through car. If you add these panels to your model, please send us photos and how you did it. We will post them here, On our customer photo page where I have posted photos of some HO autoracks sent to me. Check them out! As for back grounds behind the panels, here are some suggestions;
---Painting the back ground white would appear to be an empty car during the day
---Painting the back ground black would draw less attention to background (subject to debate?)
---Paint the back ground white and then paint black silhouettes of vehicles to give illusion of loaded autorack.
---For those who wish to cut the sides out, here is an idea. With the quality of printers now days, and the use of digital cameras, making loads for enclosed autoracks may be easy. (stay with me on this....) Go out and take photos of both sides of the auto or truck you wish to have in your autorack. Using your favorite photo editing software, insert each image in same group. Spread them apart so when you print them out on glossy photo paper, you can cut them out, fold them up and have side images of about any vehicle desired. Once inside and enclose rack, a person would have to get REAL close to see they are just photos.
--- If you are not cutting the sides out for the see through look, paint the background white, cut the vehicle side view image out and attach it to the side of the car behind the metal panels. While they may be hard to see real well, a true modeler will see them and admire your work! I hope you get the idea of what I am trying to say. Someday I hope to post this idea online to actually "show" you what I mean (along with several other of my 'dream ideas'! Send us your ideas to share here.
For those who have undecorated models they can now be built. (Are undecs available?). If you do want to work with a undecorated model, I found the 91% rubbing alcohol takes the ConCor paint of in no time. And the nice part is, of the ones I striped, the plastic under the paint is white. If you are painting yellow, this is great - no undercoating!!!!!!!!! Here is a list of decals for autoracks. Take the number you need with you when you go to your local hobby dealer to get your panel sets.