Protocraft introduced a new series of imports during the recent March Meet. There are a series of new 52′ 6″ gondolas coming from Boo Rim in late June. The cars are post-war designs and were rated at 70-ton. The gondolas are accurately patterned after specific railroad orders. The cars will feature correct trucks, hand brakes, end (drop or fixed), lading anchors and even folding stake pockets on the inside. Details are beautiful on the inside and outside. Protocraft will have correct decals for each of the railroad’s gondola.
Here is the list of prototypes that will be imported
There will approximately five different styles of 70-ton plain bearing trucks.
Protocraft will have several new truck types coming in addition to the 70-ton types.
Norm Buckhart decided to simplify the Protocraft product line. He worked out an arrangement for Jay Criswell to take over all of the track and switch parts. The driver tire, driver centers, gearboxes, motors and drive components are now part of the Right O’ Way line. Jay will be upgrading his website to list of all the new product items. In addition, Norm turned over a large number of Bill Clouser patterns that were never shown in the Protocraft line. For those of you who don’t know Bill Clouser, he was a commercial model maker and trolley modeler. He was a pioneer in 1/4″ AAR modeling and a superb model maker who produced models for museums like the Smithsonian. Not sure what sure what surprises that are in the collection but it will be exciting to see what Jay unearths.
Lots of new stuff for prototype modeling!