I posted this to the N scale PRR Yahoo group…
I'm glad to see more PRR heavyweight cars from MTL, and I'm about to pull the trigger on buying the paired-window coach. As far as I can tell, it's a B&O prototype. The window count works for a P70, but it's about 2 scale feet short if I'm not mistaken. The obvious issue are the trucks, but I can replace those with 2D-P5s.
I did once upgrade the Lima car and paint it including those horrible post-war belt and letterboard stripes. It later got damaged beyond salvage due to a workbench chemical spill. I have another that's been given correct trucks and plated-over end windows, but still needs a ton of work. The Lima model looks good for pre-war, but I model 1956, so it needs smaller vestibule door windows, removal of the vestibule ducts, steps, removal of the diamond pattern on the clearstory, diaphragms, and those dreaded stripes. And if I wanted to get fancy, proper ice bunkers and a water tank.
The MTL car, though not based on the P70, comes with a phenomenal paint job and plenty of detail. It needs new trucks and the roof could use re-contouring over the vestibules and to lose the wacky vents along the clearstory. I think I could remove those and patch with putty. But it has proper window sizes over the vestibules, plated ends, diaphragms, steps, and much finer rivet detail.
What are your thoughts? I'm only a part-time purist. It will ride behind a brass K4 with a B60b at the head end, but will also share a consist with a complete fantasy MTL PRR 60' RPO.