~ Latest Update Wednesday, January 06, 2016 ~
The "5500 Series Stocks" are the "Survivors"... Although originally built in
1904, and rebuilt in 1926, making them close to a hundred years old today, many
of the real ones still exist down into our time. It is these cars, and other of
their ilk that have the "look" of what the Narrow Gauge is all about: Truss
Rods and Wood. . . A time when it was labor that was cheap, and materials were
expensive; When you didn't toss something out just because it got old, or quit
working. You fixed it. And a time when counties and cities had "dumps" for the
stuff that was really beyond repair, and these weren't crammed full of
throw-away plastics. . . Oh well. . . Progress. . .
This kit has been on the market since 1986. It's not the easiest of our kits to build, and we always kind of thought that we would revise it some day. . . But it builds into such a stellar model, and nobody's ever much complained, so why bother, we figures?
The particular Stock Car you see pictured was built for us by a long time friend and customer, Ed Luczak , who did a great job on it, don't you agree? He used one of our "PBL-810 Weathering Brush Outfits" to achieve that realistic "weathered board" appearance. You can get one of these outfits for yourself by clicking on our Online Catalog.
As with our other models, this model weighs in just under 3.5 ounces, and comes complete with accurately scaled, easy-to-assemble, ( Read Snap Together ) free rolling trucks moulded in an engineering plastic bearing the trade name "Celcon". And of course, the now Standard of the Industry P-B-L Nickel Plated Brass Wheelsets.
All parts of this model kit, save for the hand grabs, brake rods, piping and wheelsets are injection moulded in high impact styrene plastic. Decals and Genuine Kadee ® Couplers are included, of course, along with comprehensive instructions and "hints" to ensure your model will end up like the one shown here...
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