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FYI... not fully assembled
Just a heads-up.

Circa 1951 to present.

Between my grandson and I, we have nine of these. They're superbly detailed, and extremely well made and rendered.
But they need final assembly of the decking to the body.
The original ads in product description had once mentioned this, but I've noticed it's disappeared from most of them.
The ads that do, include an instructional video.

Nine sections of laser-cut basswood are sprued in a sheet... one center main section, and eight end pieces. Use a fresh #11 Xacto blade to free them.

If you want a weathered deck, now is the time to do it... washes, airbrush, etc.

We used Tamiya cement, as CA is too quick setting... some positioning is necessary.

These excellent cars (in five roads with a dozen car numbers each) are mostly sold out at online retailers, but are still available on some LHS shelves for about $28-$32 (discounted to $25).
Also on eBay and from Amazon, but at much higher prices.
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The InterMountain/Red Caboose flats are equally as nice, and also well detailed.
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If you mix-in Athearn BB with the quality stuff they blend in nicely.

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The Intrrmountain/Red Caboose cars all need their ”wooden” deck weathered.....I have eight of them ( 3 CN, 2 CP, 1 GN, 1 NP, and 1 GT)....5 came as RTR, and 3 of them were older kits, which were fun to build.....
 

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Tichy are challenging but excellent kits, with superb detail.

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Those Tichy flat cars are very nice and detailed, they represent an older version of flat car, and are 40 ft in length.....fish belly center beam, as opposed to the newer cars with the fish belly side plates....

ERTL had some really nice RTR 40 ft flat cars back in the day, and they appear to be almost identical to the Tichy version.....
 

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FYI... not fully assembled
Just a heads-up.

Circa 1951 to present.

Between my grandson and I, we have nine of these. They're superbly detailed, and extremely well made and rendered.
But they need final assembly of the decking to the body.
The original ads in product description had once mentioned this, but I've noticed it's disappeared from most of them.
The ads that do, include an instructional video.

Nine sections of laser-cut basswood are sprued in a sheet... one center main section, and eight end pieces. Use a fresh #11 Xacto blade to free them.

If you want a weathered deck, now is the time to do it... washes, airbrush, etc.

We used Tamiya cement, as CA is too quick setting... some positioning is necessary.

These excellent cars (in five roads with a dozen car numbers each) are mostly sold out at online retailers, but are still available on some LHS shelves for about $28-$32 (discounted to $25).
Also on eBay and from Amazon, but at much higher prices.
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Late Starter;

I have some Micro-Trains N-scale cars with the same 'T'-shaped metal plates built into the ends of the otherwise wooden deck. Do you know what purpose these metal things serve?

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I have some Micro-Trains N-scale cars with the same 'T'-shaped metal plates built into the ends of the otherwise wooden deck. Do you know what purpose these metal things serve?

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These cars were built like battleships... almost literally.
Nearly indestructible.
Those sections are just part of the overall superstructure, to bring mass up through the decks, plus provide rigid anchor points.
Build dates are back in the 1950's, and with re-decking many are still in service.
 

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These cars were built like battleships... almost literally.
Nearly indestructible.
Those sections are just part of the overall superstructure, to bring mass up through the decks, plus provide rigid anchor points.
Build dates are back in the 1950's, and with re-decking many are still in service.
LateStarter;

Thanks. I thought the metal sections might have something to do with trailers on flat cars TOFC service.

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LateStarter;

Thanks. I thought the metal sections might have something to do with trailers on flat cars TOFC service.

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They may be...
I just never got involved with TOFC, even though a couple of my Athearn BB flats came with trailers. They're currently loaded with steel coils (holes-up on shoring).
 

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I'm thinking of modifying one of them to SP MW service...
I saw a few in 1972. They were painted Daylight Orange, which was the MW color of one of their divisions (maybe the Shasta). Very cool, with black lettering.
 

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Most likely one of these (my grandson's). I'll trade him for it.

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If I'm not mistaken, Tichy bought out ERTL's kit line.
 

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My grandson turned down the trade...
He admits that although he didn't know they were MW cars when he bought them, he really likes the blue color, and he's partial to Union Pacific. He has a Rivarossi Big Boy, a Bachmann UP Northern, and a Walthers Mainline UP PA/PB set.

I guess I'll just pick one from the several I have...
Maybe the NP.
 
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