It is given that there is no such thing
as a perfect model, so what constitutes an 'accurate' representation is, to a degree, relative and somewhat subjective.
The attached is therefore only a suggested listing of models which, on a comparative basis, best portray or can be
modified to best portray Burlington prototypes.
Accurate? - Not even close!
Since the quality and extent of detailing is generally a function of price, and because each model listed can
be modified or detailed to more accurately represent the prototype, no minimum standard of detailing has been
assumed and models from all price ranges have been included.
Key to Codes Used:
+ - Redetailing required
> - Kit modification required
(D) - Discontinued
(#p) - Multiple paint schemes (# indicates how
That being said, here are the factors upon which models were selected.
1. Most important is that the general proportions of the model are to scale. While this might seem implicit,
some models are significantly over- or under-sized. Because incorrect details can be reworked or replaced fairly
easily but correcting a model's proportions is usually impossible, a model's fidelity to scale is essential. Therefore,
the attached listing generally does not include 'stand in' models regardless of their availability painted for
Burlington prototypes (e.g. Walther's 4427 cubic foot PS-2CD covered hopper representing the Q's 4000 cubic foot versions).
2. Secondly, the design elements of the prototype need to be properly represented on the model. It should have
the correct type of roof, ends, doors and other major features of the prototype.
3. If a model generally satisfies the first two criteria, and their are no others representing that prototype,
it may be included despite having some discrepancies.
4. Models are listed regardless of their availability painted and lettered for the Burlington. It is presumed
that appropriate paint and decals are available. In some instances generally correct models may have been made
available with prototypical paint schemes which, unfortunately, were not applied to the class of car the model
represents. These versions have not been included below
5. Representations of prototypes which can be created relatively easily by remarking or splicing existing models
have been included if models are otherwise unavailable.
Finally, the most important criteria should be that a model looks representative to you. You need to be your own
judge of what is acceptable. Given your own prospective and considering your budget, time and talent, you may find
the above criteria need to be modified to suit your own needs. However, it is hoped that this list provides
you with some guidance in making your modeling selections.