This is the second X72 you've seen this year! The first was the killer CN car from our own Gary Christensen, where he painstakingly cut out the door to expose the interior and tagged the car to match a prototype. For this model, I went back to a couple years after Conrail had painted the first X72's into their oxide red. With a large "can-opener" logo, this car looks as it might in 1980, considering the poor paint quality they had at the time which faded quickly. Details abound on this baby, from the slew of underframe parts and scale draft gear to the new stirrups and ladders. I won't bore you too much with the details though - keep your eyes out for this car and an article about the construction process in an upcoming issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
This is the second of these cars I have built, and certainly not the last. If you can find a couple of the cheap Proto 1000 cars at a train show, grab one and get scraping - its a lot of fun!