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Friday, June 10, 2011

A Picard Quad Hopper in OO Gauge

Another rarity, at least in terms of seeing fully finished, operable models, is the Picard quad hoper. The main article on Picard is here, their boxcar bodies being by far the most commonly seen product.

This car was an eBay item that caught my eye not only as a rarity but also it was about 85% done with no decals applied so it would make a nice project, which was finished up this past week.

As built the car is very light so I added flat weights inside the hopper area. As to choosing PRR decals, they had similar cars and I had some scraps of a vintage O scale set that provided the basics I needed. It is still a bit freelanced in design/execution but certainly up to the standards of the 40s when this car was produced.

Finally, note the Kadee “straight pin” couplers. This early type I have a small supply of and like to use on vintage wood cars such as this. In terms of layout operation they work just as well as they did back in the 1950s when they were made.

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