A few examples of tinplate trains modified with the ZOT paint scheme
This page contains some large photos of 4 refurbished cabooses.
There are also photos of examples of the types of cars that were
the contributors. There is a full-sized, O-gauge American Flyer
model 411, a smaller lithographed model 1127, a Marx 556 and an
S-gauge Flyer 630.
American Flyer 411 Caboose in ZOT colors
This car was cleaned and repainted in the ZOT colors.
Some of the trim pieces were originally brass-plated.
That technology was not available for the refurbishment.
So, if the brass could not be polished, it was painted
to appear as brass. The round lights in the ends of the
car are now red on one end and green on the other.
The original colors were red and white.
American Flyer 1127 Caboose in ZOT Colors
This car is a repainted American Flyer 1127, lithographed caboose.
The car was in bad shape with rust, serious scrapes and missing couplers.
The old finish was removed and the rust spots scraped and filled.
I could not locte a source of replacement couplers for these cars.
Maybe that is because the litho cars were among the cheaper offerings
in the 1930's. I did find some shorter couplers that would mate OK.
These pieces were soldered to some brass extensions made from code 148
rail from American Models.
Original Flyer 411 and ZOT Repaint
Here you see two of the large-sized, O-gauge cars from the same era.
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Original Marx 556 and ZOT Repaint
This pair shows a Marx car I repainted for my grandson and another car similar
to the original donor. the actual donor was a model 20102 as suggested by the
number on the repaint.
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Original Flyer 1127 and ZOT Repaint
Here are the original and refurbished American Flyer 1127 cars.
In addition to the couplers, I fabricated end railings and windows
from HO code 100 brass rail. Since I was repainting the car, I decided
to dress it up a bit with the added detail.
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Original Flyer 630 and ZOT Repaint
While not exactly tinplate, the project was in keeping with the rest.
The donor was a 1950's era plastic car. It shows the added detail that
was the norm after A C Gilbert rebuilt American Flyer.
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Flyer S-Scale and Marx 3/16 scale
This photo shows the comparison between an S-gauge car and a 3/16" O-gauge car.
On the left is the American Flyer car. On the right is the car made by Marx.
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Two O-gauge and an S-Gauge for comparison
Some additional size comparison. Flyer S, Marx 3/16" and Flyer Litho O.
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Full-sized O-gauge and the smaller ones
This photo shows a comparison between three O-gauge cars. Flyer full-sized, Marx 3/16" and Flyer Litho O.
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