Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc.
Asheville, North Carolina USA
Creating 20th Century Models Using 21st Century Technology
Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc. 35 Springwood Drive Asheville, NC 28805
Ph.: (828) 777-5619 (10-5 M-F) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AAR 53' 6", 70-Ton Flat Car
(11) roads bought the AAR "War Emergency" 70-ton, 53' 6" flat car between 1942 and 1948, including ATSF, B&O, CNJ, Pere Marquette (repainted C&O in late 1950s), IHB, NYC and Wabash. (Erie's cars had fewer Z-angle nailers and a different nailing pattern on the deck but were otherwise the same ... you'll need to make those changes to your kit ... Southern's 500 cars had 19 stake pockets). Many were modified over the years to haul containers, pulpwood, automobile frames, etc. Some roads added bulkheads. Many lasted in revenue service as-built well into the1970s ... others survived in MofW service into the 1990s.
Each kit includes 1-pc urethane underframe, steel weight (hidden in centersill during assembly), 2-pc cast urethane deck with nail holes, separate AAR-style stake pockets, Kadee 740 couplers (if ordered), wire and detail parts. A mini-CD contains (3) .pdf files (16 pages of instructions, Ed Hawkins' roster and weathering ideas for the deck).
AAR Flat Car Testimonies ...
"I am busy working on the 70-ton flat car kit. It is the most enjoyable project. The engineering exhibited (is) incredible. I have done a lot of urethane model and this one is far superior to all of them. Can't wait to see your next model." Gene Deimling
"Castings look excellent. Great detail." S.K., Georgia
"I wanted to tell you how nice it went together ... the instructions were clear and the pictures extremely helped, very little flash, easy filing of crossmembers and a beautiful casting." D.S., Arizona
"Received my two O scale AAR flat car kits today. Very nice job on the castings as expected. Well worth the wait." J.M., Illinois
"After close inspection and sharing images I took of the kit components with others, I must proclaim out loud ... IMPECCABLE CASTINGS!! I look forward to assembling and running the car." Matt Forsyth
"I've built two of the flat cars. They are very well designed models. The castings were very easy to work with. This kit truly has all the components to easily make a museum quality model." Mike Booth, Bismarck ND
Kit No. 48-F2 ... $117 + shipping (includes Kadee 740 cplrs; no trucks/decals)
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Kit No. 48-F2x ... $112 + shipping (no trucks/decals/couplers)
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Tichy Train Groups sells O scale decals for generic flat cars. Protocraft sells O scale decals specifically for this car (many owners).