Westerfield's Early Frisco Kits

Discussion in 'Freight Equipment' started by Jim James, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Thought I would post better pics of my early Frisco frieght cars. These Westerfield cars are great and they are my first attempts at resin kits. They are easy to build but they make my other rolling stock look crude in comparison. The first is a 40' Sawtooth boxcar of which I have two with build dates of 1912 and 1913, a 36' inside stake wood gondola built in 1909(my favorite) and finally a 40' USRA Double Sheathed built in 1919 and according to the kit info sheet these were among the first to carry the coonskin "Frisco" herald. Anyone know of any other early Frisco kits or RTR frieght cars that fit the teens to 1920s time period. This is a challenging era to model! I wonder what other railroads had rolling stock commonly found traveling over the Hoxie Branch. Maybe Cotton Belt, Missouri Pacific, Chicago and Eastern Illinois? I need some variety but I want to be accurate.

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  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Awesome models, Jim; many thanks for sharing.

    I know that there are a few prototype ACF builder's photo of early C&EI rolling stock at the "Fallen Flags" website. Some of those gons look like a reasonable facsimile, if not a dead ringer, for some of the Westerfield kits. Maybe a bit of kitbashing here or there would do it.

    While your era may be challenging to model, the pictures seem to be proof that the reward is significant!

    Any others out there modeling this era?

    I for one would sure like to see more Frisco scale rolling stock photos. Perhaps it's time for me to be part of the solution and not the problem!:)
  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Nice, Jim! Westerfield makes a nice kit and you did a great job building and finishing them.

    I have all three of these Westerfield kits (got the gon for Christmas!), but have yet to build any of them. Looks like I should give it a try.

  4. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Howdy Jim,

    Your models look very nice. I shared your pain in modeling the early Frisco when I had the Manitou & Southwestern RR in the 1920's era. Now my layout is a 4000 sq ft club that models in the 1945-1959 era, so I have abandoned my early century modeling. My heart still skips a beat when I see those tall stacks wood side cars with Frisco on the side.

    We hope you keep up the good work and continue to share your work with us.

    Best Regards,
  5. qa&pfan

    qa&pfan Member


    Those look terrific!!! Thanks for sharing the pics with us.


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