Protocraft imported a series of 53’6″ gondolas from Korea. I have spent some time looking them over and decided that these are the most accurate scale model of a gondola imported in any scale. The cars are accurately designed to follow the car builders drawings and photos. Protocraft captured the right details for each railroad series modeled. Hand brakes, truck types and stake pockets are all there and done right. While they may be a bit pricey, they do reflect the state of art and the cost of manufacturer in Korea. I would suggest you don’t miss out. They are so superior to the Lionel, Atlas/Roco and US Hobbies models that it is hard to imagine owning any of these cars.
Fortunately, modelers have purchesed these cars and sent them to Lee Turner for finishing. The models were painted by Lee with his classic weathering touches. The steel interiors are very realistic in the way he handled the rust effect. Loads are a favorite detail Lee likes to add to him customer’s models. He is very creative in coming up with credible items.
I really like the finish and weathering on the Western Pacific gondola shown below.
The orange corner is correct for identifying the “B” end of the car.
Here is a view of the inside of the WP car showing dunnage left over from the last load carried. The working stake pockets permit this detail to be added.
Lee uses Model Masters acrylic paints on all of his models. He finds that they are durable even on brass. Most of the colors seen are blends of a few basic shades of paint. Even the rust is created by mixing basic colors. There are lots of products out there that can provide the basic colors in acrylic formulations. I have used MIG/Ammo and Vallejo with decent effect. Practice is needed to approach the beauty of Lee’s finish.
I am grateful that Lee shared pictures of his recent work on these spectacular Protocraft gondolas.
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