Many years ago, San Juan Car Company started to develop a 1/4″ scale styrene kit for a Southern Pacific G-50-23 composite gondola. The kit was initially tooled but the problems arose as initial testing started. The project stalled after numerous attempts to “tweak” the dies. The car sides are composed of the exterior posts and sides channel. The wood planking is a separate part. The outer part didn’t fill completely. Other parts didn’t fill at all. Sadly, the tool designer and later the owner of San Juan developed cancer and passed away before any redesign could be done. San Juan was sold and the word from the new owners didn’t support fixing the tooling design. Last summer, Jim Booth approached San Juan about selling the design even with the numerous problems. An agreement was reached and the intellectual property was delivered to Jimmy.
The process of sorting out the design started. The design package was done in 3D CAD. New tooling was done and the parts were coming out just as was intended. New dies were done for missing parts. There are more parts needed.
The bottom line is that Glacier Park Models will release the complete kit early this coming fall. Details and pricing has to be worked out yet. Jimmy has talked about doing the steel sided version (G-50-20) later. Protocraft will have a new decal set for the SP car. The artwork was done by Rick Leach a number of years ago.