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Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Beautiful Picard-Based Composite Hopper in OO

Here is a really nice looking car owned by Ed Havens. He wonders who made it.

First, so far as I can tell no maker produced a composite hopper in OO, so this model must be either scratchbuilt or kitbashed. Click on any photo for a larger version.

One thought I had at first was perhaps this was rebuilt from a Gracelilne hopper. These had pressed cardboard sides and are I believe pretty rare. The ends were die cast as a unit. This car has die cast end sills but not ends. The end sill parts could easily be Selley.

I believe based on what I see in the photos that it is Picard. Their hopper kits were very basic, as seen in this prior post. It looks like a good builder either replaced the sides with scribed stock or cut the boards into the sides that came with the car by hand.

The result is again a stunning, vintage car of a design hardly seen built up in American OO.

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