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Re: PC: RTR freight cars vs Kits (was: HO C628 coming from Bowser)

In a message dated 2/17/2008 5:46:15 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, zootowerprr -AT- webtv.net writes:
To change the subject a bit, How many of you guys prefer RTR
freight cars over kits? To be honest, the last kits I bought were Gene
Fusco's PRR X58s.
Well lets face it....while there are lots of RTR freight car kits out there, there really aren't any truly realistic ones that you can purchase and run on your railroad.  The Athearn pre-weathered models may be close but that option is only if you want to settle for Athearn's generic weathering.
I use just about anything. I have scratchbuilt models, kitbashed models, used RTR models, and modified RTR models.....however all required work before running on my railroad.
For instance a RTR Kadee car....arguably one of the best out there but the trucks need to be painted, a clear coat appropriate to the age of the car needs to be applied, and then of course weathering.
Now since this is a Penn Central page what RTR kits are out there that are appropriate for the Penn Central?  Hmmmmm. The Walthers N12 caboose (but needs some finishing), the Walthers 86' long boxcars, and what else? Atlas cylindrical hoppers, PS2 covered hoppers, Athearn PS2 covered hopper,  Most of the rest are not done too well (such as the Bowser H43s). 

Almost the entire PC boxcar fleet needs to use kits such as Branchline or RYM or need kitbashed (such as X43, X44, X45, X46, X51, X55, X56) to get a convincing fleet. 
Since my goal is to model a convincing fleet most of my freight car fleet (especially the NYC, PRR, and PC cars) are made from kits and most I painted.  What other options for a PC fleet is there?
-Tom Haag 

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