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Saturday, December 9, 2017

A 1920s era PFE reefer

Over the years I have come across a number of unfinished projects. This is one that I recently finished up.

This car I would have to call scratch built. The car was really neatly built up -- I like the nice sides in particular -- but lacking a few details and not painted when it got to me.

The Scale-Craft doors visible on the model replace the ones that were on it when it got here, as they were the stamped steel version and rusted. The builder had set it up with Schorr trucks which I retained, and it also had Kadee couplers on it so this was a model someone was working on in maybe the 1970s or 80s.

As the car was neatly built originally, mostly it needed a neat paint job and decals. I painted it at the same time as the PFE reefers seen here but for decals I opted to use HO Microscale decals in a lettering version appropriate for the 1920s (with a built date in 1924). The result is a car that looks great with the models I run when I get the urge to see 1920s-30s models in operation.