First on the list? B&O Iron Coal Car. . . .1850s. I'm sure there is archival information somewhere, but I'm not there. . . . .anyone got the skinny on these pups? The below page is from my copy of Civil War Railroads and Models by Edwin P. Alexander.
I'm interested in the cars for their unique outline, and because they offer the opportunity to test some new digital modelling techniques combined with rapid prototyping. (I'm interested in capturing the dents and dings). It's also interesting to see the variation in the drawing above and the photograph which indicates construction was simplified in practice. There a few images floating around the net, one is from the above book, and I can't find attribution for the other. . . . so forgive that it is not cited here...if someone has attribution please let me know so I can credit the source.
If you've read this blog, you know a couple things: 1) I've got a lot of irons in the fire, and 2) I tend to take a little time to finish things. . so patience will be in order. . .that said, some of my projects are heating up and really rolling again. So, know that this all is on a longer time horizon.