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    Default 50" Standard Pennsylvania Rail Road Box Car

    Took a step or two back and thought about these Box Cars, how they should look (prototypically). Looked at the Decals and concluded that I couldn't read 75% of them due to the size and how they blend so well with the backing paper. Came to the realization that I could only do what I could, as well as I could with what I had.



    Still a few things to add but essentially, this is it.
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    Looks pretty good. Always good to see custom work.

    A design note to consider if you haven't already set and sealed the decals--with the Pennsylvania scheme you used, on double door boxcars, the "Pennsylvania" lettering was typically on the right and the keystone logo was on the left, reverse from the typical practice on single door boxcars.

    Example: http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/im...prr&i=prr32136

    The reasoning was to have enough space to fit the whole word "Pennsylvania" on the car side and not have it extend onto the doors. For a plug door boxcar like you have used, this is not a real problem, but you could imagine the challenge of applying it tastefully to corrugated doors such as in the example above.
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    Rwerner,

    Thanks for that, I didn't know and was only following the schematic for decal placement that came with the decals from Micro Scale. Road name on the left and keystone logo on the right. In hindsight, the other way around (the right way) is more logical. Unfortunately I have "sealed everything with dull coat so there is no chance of me lifting and changing them, even if I could. Live and learn with this.
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    That is good to know since I model a portion of the PRR. Thanks

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    Got a little more done:



    Think I will do the other side the "correct way" with the Name on the right and keystone on the left. Might look funny but you only see one side of the car at once anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Rwerner,

    Thanks for that, I didn't know and was only following the schematic for decal placement that came with the decals from Micro Scale. Road name on the left and keystone logo on the right. In hindsight, the other way around (the right way) is more logical. Unfortunately I have "sealed everything with dull coat so there is no chance of me lifting and changing them, even if I could. Live and learn with this.
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    That is good to know since I model a portion of the PRR. Thanks
    My preferred method is to use photographs of the same kind of cars I'm modeling to get the best sense of how it should be. Something that may be true of one group of cars may not be true of another, even within a given class of cars in the same time period. A prime example might be the "Don't stand me Still!" slogan on PRR boxcars. Only 500 cars in class X29D received this slogan.

    The challenge with PRR modeling is that you'll always have nitpickers. The PRR was the largest and most influential railroad of its time in North American railroading, so it is much more widely known and studied than many of the others. That means people, even somewhat casual observers, are far more likely to notice the details that they wouldn't on something else. Ever notice how the PRR tends to have many more highly specific models made for it, like certain locomotives and freight cars that were unique to it and its successors?

    However--and as always--don't let anyone get in the way of enjoying the hobby the way you choose. It's your time, money, and effort that go into your modeling, so your enjoyment and learning are paramount.
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    Rwerner,

    Thank you and I appreciate your thoughts. Just my luck that I picked a set of decals for the most prolific railway in the US.

    I don't (nor ever had or will) model a particular Road Name or Era I am a 1000% freelance modeler. As such, I'm not bothered if all of my rolling stock is "correct" for the engine they are attached to. I may well have pieces of rolling stock that haven't seen a track for decades being pulled by an AC6000 or SD70. I might also have a Steamer pulling modern day rolling stock that weren't even made until the year 2000 for example. I am really not bothered so long as it looks good and that "each piece of rolling stock" (individually) is correct for it's own era and markings.

    What this has taught me though is to look at "real photo's" for car markings, be they Box Cars or any other piece of rolling stock.
    Cheers Tony

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