Is there a picture? As for the hobby. There's definitely a lot more vigor in ho world ... Well what I mean really is a lot more suppliers and variations. But is the hobby expanding at younger end for any scale? That I can't tell. Case in point. I was at the local HS recently and a man and his son were there buying a radio controlled car. Cool stuff for sure. I was browsing very quickly through the ho area and as I walked by I heard the child say something about trains. The father to me said something like "oh yeah we had a that growing up but who wants that stuff... Move along.". Which might have actually been "kid, do you think I'm made out of money?" ... Even so, so many things now it's a wonder trains compete at all I think.
There's a weathering video out for these cars, with a sidewall 'denting' method...
The weathering illustrated is done with powders and water -- no airbrushing involved, and cannot be permanent without a DullCote seal.
The denting part is incredibly involved, damages paint, loosens parts, and I advise against it.
At a $54.95 MSRP, I'm gonna' go out on a limb, and say it's a great deal...
In fact, if you manage to get them, you should drive home like you stole 'em.
All-brass equivalent models would be at least twice the price.
Painted & lettered Overland brass boxcars are over $300 each.
They sold out on Arrowheads site and at Lombards. Some shops that sell Arrowhead may have the gondolas still in stock. I pre-ordered a couple of the 1980 GONX versions and am waiting for the shipment to come in; should be any day now.
Who is Wasatch? I do know that Arrowhead made it clear they had a batch that they took to Lombards at the announcement for immediate sale. The rest of the run was supposed to arrive about a month later; as you may be aware there is a pandemic going on and Arrowhead updated customers that the main shipment was delayed to about mid-September.