My friend Ray has been at it again. I swear, that guy is the King of Styrene. Give him a handful of strip styrene & some styrene sheeting and it's hard to tell what he'll come up with. In this case, it's a boxcar.
According to him, he lays out the rough measurements then scribes & snaps the sides ends. Next, he assembles those parts then tackles the roof (he didn't share any roof pictures). After that, it's the underframe. Finally, he adds the extra detail parts and the project is ready to head to the spray booth. Perhaps the most infuriating part is that he does all of this in record time. If I read his note correctly, this represents less than an hour's work except for the nut-washer-bolt castings on the frame!
I must confess, I'm fond of such projects and have tried my hand at them from time to time. But Ray makes my efforts look crude at best. He shared these photos with the rest of the Pirates and I thought I'd share them with you. If nothing else, perhaps they will serve as inspiration for you to grab some styrene and build your own project. Maybe it doesn't have to be a car to start out but maybe a small shed that you can hide in some obscure part of your layout if you aren't completely satisfied with the results. No matter what, you WILL learn something form the experience and probably have fun doing so. Now tell me... when was the last time you actually had fun learning something??!?
Oh, and just for good measure, he builto some new gondolas as well!