Happy Father's Day to you dads out there. I thought I would take just a couple minutes today and write about a new little project that I have started.
There is a lack of reefer trailers in N scale, and while I have added this to my list of future 3d printing projects, I simply don't have enough time to get to it immediately. I have a handful of MicroTrains, Atlas, and Deluxe Innovations 48' trailers, and decided to convert some of them to reefer trailers. BLMA makes a very nice refrigerator unit, and I wanted to take advantage of this ready made detail. I do plan to design a reefer fuel tank and use Shapeways for this necessary detail, which is a lot smaller project than designing the entire trailer.
I have some refrigerator units on order, and while I wait for them to arrive, I have started painting the trailer bodies. I want generic white trailers, so I removed the original paint and lettering using a bath of brake fluid. Next came a coat of white primer, and then the aluminum. I am using common spray cans for this project, and having good results. I then masked off the top and bottom rails, and painted white again.
Next I will paint the frames, paint details like taillights, add the BLMA chillers, and DOT striping. These trailers aren't a great match for reefer use, but they should pass for general reefer trailer service. That is of course until a better alternative is available.
Here's an example of an older 48' reefer trailer that is providing some inspiration for this project. This is a Great Dane trailer, but not a bad match to the N scale trailers I am using as a starting point. I'm hoping that a small fleet of trailers with white skins and refrigerator units will reasonably pass for reefer trailers, and add to the overall effect of the Council Bluffs Sub layout.