Available HO scale Kits and Mini-Kits

Production runs will be limited with no guarantee of reruns.

Please keep in mind these important points about Resin Car Works kits.

  1. All kits will be run in limited batches. Additional limited batches of specific kits may be run as demand warrants.
  2. All kits will contain custom parts; resin castings, decals, any special parts like photo-etchings, brake parts and instructions. These parts are supplied by small garage operations and arrive in batches for kit packaging. Staggered arrival of kit parts could delay filling orders for several months before everything is on hand.

Several previously produced kits are not currently available.

Details for out of production kits can be reviewed on the Resin Car Works Kit archive page.

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Kit 2.04 - Escanaba & Lake Superior, Enterprise design, 33-foot, offset-side, twin hopper

Pullman-Standard photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, NMAH/Transportation. Haskell and Barker Collection, Negative 6458

The Escanaba & Lake Superior added five of these chiseled offset-side hoppers from Pullman in June 1949. They were produced jointly with the KGB&W hopper order. The E&LS cars held odd numbers in the 4033-4041 series. They were painted black with white lettering. These cars rode on A-3 Ride Control trucks with Klasing brake hardware and Enterprise door latches.

This is a one-piece resin body and detail parts, Accurail AB brake set, Tichy hopper weights, and Precision Design Company (PDC) decals. Everything else, like trucks, couplers, eyebolts, stirrups, wire, etc., is supplied by the modeler.

Check out this page of extra files to assist in your hopper car builds.

Kit 2.04 is $35, plus shipping.

Please print out and complete this order form with the proper item code and quantity, then send it in with payment to the address on the form.


Kit 2.03 - Kewaunee Green Bay & Western, Enterprise design, 33-foot, offset-side, twin hopper

Pullman-Standard photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, NMAH/Transportation. Haskell and Barker Collection, Negative 6460

The Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western installed these chiseled offset-side hoppers from Pullman in 1949; series 401-420. They were painted freight car red with white lettering and their Green Bay Route herald. These cars rode on A-3 Ride Control trucks with Equipco brake hardware and Enterprise door latches.

This is a one-piece resin body and detail parts, Accurail AB brake set, Tichy hopper weights, and Precision Design Company (PDC) decals. Everything else, like trucks, couplers, eyebolts, stirrups, wire, etc., is supplied by the modeler.

Check out this page of extra files to assist in your hopper car builds.

Kit 2.03 is $35, plus shipping.

Decals are included with characters printed in white. Here's the decal art.

Please print out and complete this order form with the proper item code and quantity, then send it in with payment to the address on the form.

Kit 2.02 - United States Army, Enterprise design, 33-foot, offset-side, twin hopper

A limited number of decal sets for this US Army hopper kit has been discovered in a lost cubby. So we are reissuing this version until the decal sets run out.

USAX 55070-55076 were built in October 1949 by the General American Transportation Corporation. The US Navy also purchased two cars, USNX 3801 and 3802.

This is a one-piece resin body and detail parts, Accurail AB brake set, Tichy hopper weights, and Rail Graphics decals. Everything else, like trucks, couplers, eyebolts, stirrups, wire, etc., is supplied by the modeler.

Check out this page of extra files to assist in your hopper car builds.

Kit 2.02 reissue is $35, plus shipping.

Decals are included with characters printed in white. Here's the decal art.

Please print out and complete this order form with the proper item code and quantity, then send it in with payment to the address on the form.

Kit 2.01 - Illinois Central, Enterprise design, 33-foot, offset-side, twin hopper

From 1937 to 1949, 12,000 of these offset-side twin hoppers were manufactured for the Illinois Central by a variety of builders, including the railroad itself.

This is a one-piece resin body and detail parts, Accurail AB brake set, Tichy hopper weights, and Microscale decals. Everything else, like trucks, couplers, eyebolts, stirrups, wire, etc., is supplied by the modeler.

Kit 2.01 reissue is $35, plus shipping.

Please print out and complete this order form with the proper item code and quantity, then send it in with payment to the address on the form.

Check out this page of extra files to assist in your hopper car builds.


Kit 14.03 & 14.04 AT&SF Fe-6 through Fe-20 50-foot Whalebelly Rebuilt Automobile box cars with Reversed Murphy Ends

Santa Fe photo, Keith Jordon collection

The AT&SF rebuilt large numbers of older wood-sheathed furniture and automobile boxcars in the 1930s to compete in the growing automobile industry. These 50-foot boxcars had massive underframe components that gained reference as "Whalebelly" or "Battleship" underframes. This kit represents 1209 cars rebuilt between 1936 and 1940 that had interior lengths of 50-feet, 6-inches.

The Resin Car Works Fe-6 through Fe-20 kit is an upgraded release of the popular Sunshine Models kit. This is a one-piece carbody to ease assembly. This new version features the reversed Murphy ends. Kits include Tichy Train Group ladders and brake hardware, correct Tahoe Model Works #112 USRA 50 ton Andrews truck sideframes, and Microscale decals. Couplers are not included.

Kit 14.03 includes decals for the map
Kit 14.04 includes decals for Ship and Travel lettering

Kits are $60, plus shipping.

We have posted kit info and instructions on the Extras page so kits can be built!

Check out this page of extra files to assist in your AT&SF Whalebelly boxcar builds.

Please print out and complete this order form with the proper item code and quantity, then send it in with payment to the address on the form.


 
 

Mini-Kits

Several previously produced mini-kits are not currently available.
Details for out of production kits can be reviewed on the Resin Car Works Kit archive page.

Mini-Kit NYC HM-1 - New York Central 55-ton Enterprise Railway Equipment offset hopper sides


New York Central System Historical Society Collection, used with permission

These NYC Lines 30-foot, 6-inch hoppers were among the earliest built with offset sides. The NYC labelled them as self-clearing hoppers.

The NYC installed 2,050 of these cars from 1924 to 1927. They were originally assigned to CCC&StL, Michigan Central, NYC, and Peoria & Eastern. The New York Central reoganized their fleet in the mid-1930s and began renumbering all of these cars starting in 1936.

The HO scale NYC HM-1 mini kit consists of the resin parts pictured above and decals that follow the post-1936 lettering. All other small parts, styrene pieces, and couplers are supplied by the modeler. The resin castings can be applied to an Accurail or Tichy USRA hopper car after the side stakes are removed and the area sanded smooth.

Mini-Kit NYC HM-2

Same castings and application but with a decal set for the as-built lettering.


New York Central System Historical Society Collection, used with permission

NYC HM-2 will include a decal set covering the original lettering for NYC, CCC&StL, and Peoria & Eastern hoppers.

Mini-Kits NYC HM-1 and NYC HM-2 are $20 each (includes postage).

Check out this page of extra files to assist in your New York Central hopper builds.

Please print out and complete this order form with the proper item code and quantity, then send it in with payment to the address on the form.

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Mini-Kits for 50-ton AAR standard design hoppers

These Resin Car Works Mini-Kits can be used to transform an HO scale Atlas offset-side hopper to follow several 50-ton AAR standard design hopper prototypes. A resin detail sheet includes slope sheet supports, door latches, and additional prototype-specific hardware. Decal sets have been created for specific prototypes. The modeler must provide the hopper separately.

SL-SF offset hopper parts and decals


Col. Chet McCoid photo courtesy of Bob's Photo

The Frisco added a number of hoppers in the 1950s. The 91600-92099 series of cars followed the 50-ton AAR standard design and were built by Pullman-Standard. The hoppers wore a light shade of freight car red with white lettering.

SL-SF-HM is $15 (includes postage)

This Mini-Kit only includes the resin detail parts sheet and a decal sheet. The modeler must provide the hopper separately.

Please complete the order form with the proper item code and quantity.

Prototype details and kit instructions are available on this page of extra files to assist in your SL-SF hopper upgrades.

NC&StL offset hopper parts and decals


Pullman-Standard photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, NMAH/Transportation. Haskell and Barker Collection, Negative 4486

The NC&StL installed 200 hoppers in December 1944, built by Pullman-Standard. These HM 15 class cars followed the 50-ton AAR standard design. They were numbered in the 48300-48499 series and painted freight car red with white lettering.

NC&StL-HM is $15 (includes postage)

This Mini-Kit only includes the resin detail parts sheet and a decal sheet. The modeler must provide the hopper separately.

Please complete the order form with the proper item code and quantity.

Prototype details and kit instructions are available on this page of extra files to assist in your NC&StL hopper upgrades.


C&EI offset hopper parts and decals

The C&EI 97500-97999 series hoppers built by Pullman-Standard in November 1945. A resin detail sheet includes slope sheet supports, door latches, and additional prototype-specific hardware.

C&EI-HM is $15 (includes postage)

This Mini-Kit only includes the resin detail parts sheet and a decal sheet. The modeler must provide the hopper separately.

Please complete the order form with the proper item code and quantity.

Prototype details and kit instructions are available on this page of extra files to assist in your C&EI hopper upgrades.

MP offset hopper parts and decals

These parts and decals can be used to model a few series of Missouri Pacific hoppers built by American Car & Foundry in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

MP-HM is $15 (includes postage)

This Mini-Kit only includes the resin detail parts sheet and a decal sheet. The modeler must provide the hopper separately.

Please complete the order form with the proper item code and quantity.

Prototype details and kit instructions are available on this page of extra files to assist in your MP hopper upgrades.

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