As many of you know, I've put together a slide show, "What Happens When Manufacturers Make a Model," featuring my Virginian HO-scale models and prototype photos. When I gave the show the first time, the attendees really got into the spirit of things, more than I planned! When I projected the slide of my Funaro & Camerlango battleship gondola, whistles blew and yellow flags filled the air. My model is finished with the decals the manufacturer supplied, the Walthers generic set, and has the following problems:
- The outside circle of the logo (the second most visible decal feature) is much too thick; it's more like a tire than a circle,
- No decals are provided to show the Virginian car class, the third most visible lettering feature on the prototype,
- The dimensional data does not include statistics appropriate for the car, and
- The dimensional data sheet is in a serif font, while the Virginian always used sans-serif fonts for freight car lettering.