The next step in the Wilson reefer build is to complete the basic body. We left off with a rectangular shaped box with the weights installed. A top is added to complete the box. I cut the .040″ sheet to fit the opening and added little tabs to act as stops for installing the top flush with the sides and ends. Once the glue is set you can knock off the tabs.
I added a .040″ x .125″ strip to top to support the peaked roof. The roof is made from .040″. I usually cut the sheet a little oversized and sand flush with the sides.
Next, the sides and ends are sheathed with Evergreen 3 1/4″ siding. I like to cut out the reefer door including the striker area below the door. The sides are centered on the car so that the overhang on either end. The ends are fitted between the extended siding.
I have been looking at meat reefer pictures over the last few days. I went back and looked at Jim Hickey’s model and realized that many of these cars used 5 1/8″ tongue and groove boards rather than the 3 1/4″ “V” boards of the siding. These are pretty much the standard sizes for wood cars. Take a look at the prototype photos below and you will see the wider boards on the roof.
The last picture is of Jim Hickey’s beautiful Swift reefer. He has captured the color and texture of the prototype better than other models I have seen.
The next installment will move the project forward to the detail stages.