Canadian Pacific in 1948 and 1949 built 137 all-new steel end cupola cabooses to replace aging wood ones of a similar design. These cabooses were initially numbered in the CP 437268-437404 range and many were renumbered and assigned to different types of service (transfer, run-through, pools etc) several times over their long career. Most survived until the end of the caboose era in 1990 and a few were thankfully preserved for public display.
This prototype is only represented in HO scale with decades-old brass Van Hobbies and Overland models. There are no accurate plastic models available but Kaslo Shops announced a few years ago a resin kit that should cover all versions. That model hasn't yet been released so recently I decided to try scratch building one of these just for fun. I will share the progress here as long as there is interest, so your comments and questions are welcome!
Starting point of the project was to see if I had the right parts on hand. Green signal!
Yes please share your journey. Im always amazed at the modelers that have the talent to set out and build something that doesnt exist. I realized that is far beyond my skillset, but really enjoy watching others create.
If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. - Admiral Grace Hopper
Thanks for all the supportive comments and likes! OK I will start the build with a .040 styrene underframe base. Prototype truck spacing is 21' - 2.6" and length is 35' - 11" over strikers. I used 21' for the former to allow trucks to swing and clear the steps.