A journal following the history, design, construction and operation of Bernard Kempinski's O Scale model railroad depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Falmouth line in 1863, and other model railroad projects.
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December 30, 2012

B&O Ironclad Car Finished

I finished the B&O ironclad car except for the gun port, some minor clean-up and touch up. I had trouble finding a good way to simulate the iron rail armor. It sounds simple, but getting the code 55 iron rail to create a realistic appearing armor in 1/48 scale was not easy. I tried four different techniques but ended up using a laser cut taskboard layer for the armor with separately applied bolts and washers that I laser cut. I did not use the first model I made shown in the previous post.

I added some barrels and boxes inside the car. There is also a field gun inside.
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Next is the B&O box car with the infantry firing ports.


  1. Nicely done, Bernie!

    In that first picture, the train looks like a steam-punked Milwaukee Road "Hiawatha".

  2. That is one seriously mean looking car! Nice modelling - as usual.

  3. Have you been able to find any accounts of engagements during the war by these cars? If I was countering one of them, I think I would try to engage the train on a sharp curve in a cut to render it ineffective. This looks like the implementation of a not real well thought out idea. But I must admit you rendered it beautifully.
    I am looking forward to a photo of the car leading a train on the Aquia line.

  4. These cars were engaged several times. In one engagement, an ironclad car was destroyed by a 6 pound horse artillery shot that entered the gunport.

    In general I believe the idea was to pull the car back far enough so that it could aim its gun at the desired target. But targets well off to the side could not be engaged by the gun.