A letter from Jim King

Recently, Jim King at Smoky Mountain Model Works posted a message to a number of S scale and freight car forums looking for input into future projects for S scale.

In an effort to spread the word about this, I’m reproducing the message, below.

Please do not vote on my blog site – I’ll remove any comments with votes.

Instead, email Jim King with your choices.

I created an extensive web page displaying prototype (and 2 HO model) freight cars that I’m considering producing in S scale.

Following the SAL B7 boxcar, the SR 52’6” gon would likely be the first offering simply because the HO CAD files already exist. The PRR X29D could follow soon after the gon (yes, CAD files exist for that too but would take some revision to create the X29B version). The rest of the cars require 100% new CAD work so THESE are the ones where the market interest really needs to be thoroughly understood. The N&W hopper and PS 4750 grain hopper are especially challenging (read: expensive to produce) because of the ladders, steps and railings on the ends.

Please look at EACH image carefully .. click on the web image and it’ll link you to a larger image. If you are interested in ANY of these cars or cars not shown, please email me to voice your vote. I will tally a reservation list for each requested car and will sort all from most to least popular. Just remember that 1 image does not indicate other prototypes. All of the cars shown had multiple paint schemes and/or owners, especially the PS-1 boxcars, TTX bulkhead flat and PS 4750 grain hopper (TONS of private owners).

These cars span revenue service dates from 1940 (ACF covered hopper) to the present so I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.

Thanks, Jim, for continuing to support S scale!

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