Model a common Green Bay & Western 50' boxcar from the 1980s.
GBW 50-foot exterior post boxcar from Athearn's FMC 5347 boxcar model
Brian Everett modeled this
car using an Athearn ready-to-run model, an out-of-production decal set
and a paint match using acrylic craft paint available at many retail
The GBW added fifty 50' boxcars (GBW 7000-7049) and an additional three
hundred 50' boxcars (GBW 1600-16299) in December 1979 and January 1980.
These cars were built by FMC and painted in the familiar bright yellow
paint scheme with black lettering and a red-and-white GREEN BAY ROUTE
The HO scale Athearn 50' FMC
5347 Boxcar is an exact match for these boxcars. These
ready-to-run models feature all new tooling, photo-etched detail parts and
free standing grab irons. Herald King made a decal set (now out of
production) for these cars. Athearn now offers this model as a
ready-to-run model lettered for GBW 7015 and 7048.
Brian started this project with the Athearn FMC boxcar model. A similar
starting point would be the Roundhouse #1950 50' FMC boxcar model,
although the Athearn car has much finer details.
Brian's particular car was lettered for Appacholia Northern. The paint
was stripped by soaking the car in a bath of 90% isopropyl alcohol.
Brian primed the model using Testors silver
enamel paint. Using a silver base coat does two things:
- The roof of these cars was galvanized, so the roof gets the proper
color for it;
- Light colors 'pop' better with a silver undercoat.
After the paint dried the car was masked and the final yellow coat
applied to the car sides and ends. Brian used Ceramcoat Opaque Yellow,
thinned with water until the paint had a consistency similar to coffee
The paint was sprayed with a Paasche H airbrush, using a #5 tip at
20-25 psi air pressure. When finished, the car was sprayed with Testors
Model Master Gloss Clear Acrylic paint in preparation for decaling.
The car was lettered using a Herald King set #B-12 (now out of
production). Although the decal set was unopened, the film had cracked and
Brian needed to 'save' the decals in order to use them. He used a product
called "Super Gloss" to coat the decals. Brian is not sure who
makes Super Gloss, but he has had a bottle of it "forever" he
uses for this purpose.