HOn3 Fish Belly Flatcars Project

HOn3 D&RGW 6500 Fishbelly Flat Cars Conversion Athearn

This page showcases my D&RGW 6500 Series Fish Belly type flat car modelling project HOn3 scale.

These models are narrow gauge flatcars that I converted from Athearn HO standard gauge flatcars to come up with approximate models of the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge 6500 series flat cars. The models loosely follow the prototype, however, I have changed most of them to follow ideas from my own imagination. The basis for the conversion is the Athearn HO Scale 40' Pulpwood car. Additional parts are from Grandt Line, Tichy, Precision Scale, and Kadee. The decks are made from Evergreen Styrene scribed sheets.


(above) The pipe flat car is on the left while the wheelset carrier is on the right. Both cars are in an unpainted state. The flatcar on the right was from an Southern Pacific standard gauge car. It will be repainted as a D&RGW car.

(above) The pipe carrying flat car prior to painting.

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