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H2a's for the 100-car coal drag.


A six-pack (two are shown). All done similarly.
I'm partial to the heap-shield style, so some Tangent L&N PS-3's are in the drag as well.
Mostly airbrushed.

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Do you remove the trucks and weather them separately, or are they done in place on the car? I assume the wheels are removed before painting. Do you also add weathering to the bottom of the cars, or just focus on the sides where the weathering is visible?
 

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Do you remove the trucks and weather them separately, or are they done in place on the car? I assume the wheels are removed before painting. Do you also add weathering to the bottom of the cars, or just focus on the sides where the weathering is visible?
I always do truckframes & wheels separately.
I don't always want filthy trucks, so I'll occasionally just 'dust' them with a gray or brown color, and drybrush for 'rust'.
Wheelsets are tricky... you can't allow any paint on treads or axle points, so DullCote sealing is essentially a no-no.

Underbodies are done (within reason) to match.
 

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Are the coal loads factory made or custom?
The coal loads are supplied with the cars.
The early BLI six-pack production run came with three different coal profiles... Two each of 3-heap, 2-heap, and center-heap.
The 2 & 3-heap are shown.
I believe later production models only come with two shapes.
 

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The coal loads are supplied with the cars.
The early BLI six-pack production run came with three different coal profiles... Two each of 3-heap, 2-heap, and center-heap.
The 2 & 3-heap are shown.
I believe later production models only come with two shapes.
They look pretty good for factory loads. I occasionally make some loads for a friend who has a hobby shop, and I use the fine Black Beauty, which in O scale is the size of Chestnut, and in HO, closely represents Egg.
 

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They look pretty good for factory loads. I occasionally make some loads for a friend who has a hobby shop, and I use the fine Black Beauty, which in O scale is the size of Chestnut, and in HO, closely represents Egg.
Actually, I don't think the BLI loads are very realistic... nowhere near dark enough, and no sparkle.
Here's two models with resin JWD "E-Z FIT" loads. They look like the real thing. These two particular loads are 'coarse' (or egg).

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Actually, I don't think the BLI loads are very realistic... nowhere near dark enough, and no sparkle.
Here's two models with resin JWD "E-Z FIT" loads. They look like the real thing. These two particular loads are 'coarse' (or egg).

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From the photo they look pretty good, better then some of the O gauge plastic molded ones I've seen. This is an O gauge load I made for one of my 2 bay hoppers.

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The grime on the cars sure does match your ballast. Very nice work!
 

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Maybe you could give those coal loads a light coat of gloss black. That would darken them up and add some sparkle at the same time.
A clear coat may work too. When I make my loads, I use a commercial water base urethane floor finish in a spray bottle. The Black Beauty has the sparkle of coal, and the finish holds the load together, and seals the finish. It could also be used as a coke load.
 
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