Hopper bash & details
Kitbashing isn't just for locos! Our 15-foot steel hopper is "just right" for many small and medium-sized layouts ... but that doesn't mean you have to stop there.
Steve Adcock from the United Kingdom built a couple of these hoppers in the "stock" configuration as shown here ...
Then he decided to experiment a bit ... and came up with this wonderful two-bay hopper kitbashed from a two-pack of our hoppers.
Another view of Steve's two-bay hopper bash.
Allen Littlefield decided to work from the inside out ... he added a cross-bar between the dummy door-operating plates on our kit and fit chain as shown here. You could do the same with a piece of heavy wire and some of our #417 Fine Chain.
Then Allen added a cover to protect the take-up rod from the incoming coal loads as shown here -- the cover is made from a piece of L-shape styrene strip.
You can read more about Allen's hopper detailing in the 2008 edition of The On30 Annual published by Carstens Publications.
Allen added coupler lift bars and a rusty, crusty paint job to finish off his hopper.
Let your imagination take over ... with any sort of kit, you can build 'em, bash 'em or just add little touches that make the model distinctively yours!
Mix and match your freight cars to build an interesting roster! Here's the 15-foot steel hopper with our 20' outside-braced boxcar.