Step 1: Purchase
Roundhouse Products manufactures a nice model of a 50' Ann Arbor Railroad
boxcar in the orange Ferry-in-the-fog scheme, road number 5016. I have
collected over 30 of these cars, and each one has been re-numbered.
||According to the Annie's freight car history
book there were two series of these cars. No's 5000-5099 and No's
5100-5199. The 5100 series was the only one featuring the "Cushion
Service" lettering, so the Roundhouse model has the wrong series
Step 2: Create
After realizing the Roundhouse number was wrong, I
bought some decal paper at a hobby store and printed a complete set of new
numbers, including end-reporting marks.
||To get the right size numbers, I just used a size 8
font in an Excel spreadsheet, then scaled it down until
it looked right. Then I made 4 sets of 5100-5199, just to
have extras for when I made an inevitable mistake.