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    Default Minor (?) modification to Micro-Trains heavyweight observation car

    I have quite a few of the old Con-Cor heavyweight observation cars, and up until recently, they had gold/brass end platform railings. I recently added some M-T heavyweight observation cars, and while they have much better detailing, the end platform railings are black.

    I can't seem to find any color photos of 1930's heavyweight observation cars to see how they really were. If anyone has color photos of them to share, or links, I would greatly appreciate it.

    I'd like my rolling stock to be true to reality - but I also really like the gold/brass color railings.

    So I have 2 main questions:

    1. Does anyone have knowledge of how to remove the end railings on the Micro-Trains heavyweight observation cars? (I hate to just start prying, worry about damaging them and as near as I can tell, M-T does not offer replacement parts)

    2. How can I paint them brass color, without getting the paint on too thick and thus making the thin railings look bad? (I don't have a spray gun)



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    Hi Dave,

    I don't know about other railroads but the CP's handrails were brass.

    As for painting, I would buy a rattle can of brass spray. Must be some on the net if not your local hobby store.

    All the best.
    Thanks, Tom

    Expect nothing except the opposite of what you expect, and then expect it to be something other than that ! Then that's about what it will be

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