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New Release: HO Bethlehem Steel 3600cu.ft. Quad Hopper with coal load

Asheville, North Carolina Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce the availability today of new paint schemes for our HO Scale Bethlehem Steel 3600 Cubic Foot Quad Hopper. These distinctive 100-ton quad hoppers match the Union Pacific specification and were built by Bethlehem Steel in the 1970s. Our UP replicas represent more than 6,900 “quad” hoppers, UP’s largest fleet of coal hoppers in company history.

First released by Tangent in 2010, our Bethlehem Steel Quad Hopper is one of our most requested cars. Our April 2019 production of our HO Scale Bethlehem Steel 3600 Cubic Foot Quad Hopper includes SEVEN RTR paint schemes, covering customer-requested schemes in NEW numbers as well as NEW UP repaint and Helm Leasing variants.

Check them out now at www.tangentscalemodels.com : You will also find a handy Tangent Scale Models visual guide available online, laying out all of our UP schemes and options, past and present.

And as usual, all our offerings below feature photos on our website showing the actual model and the prototype cars!

RE-RUN: Union Pacific “Original H-100-19” shows the classic, as-delivered “Freight Car Red” paint with large Union Pacific spelled out in white. The H-100-19 class hit UP rails in 1979. Please note these red cars include painted trucks to match the carbody color, just like UP paint practices! Check out the individual UP car numbers printed on each truck. Available in 12 all new numbers for 2019! (SKU 10815)

RE-RUN: Union Pacific “Original H-100-18” arrives in the as-delivered “All-Black” paint with yellow ends designating the rotary coupler ends. This 1979 scheme includes the large Union Pacific spelled out in white on the car side and individual car numbers are printed on the trucks, just like the prototypes. Because these cars initially operated in unit train services, they are available in 12 all new numbers for 2019! (SKU 10816)

RE-RUN: UP “1989 H-100-17 Black Repaint” replicates an example of a 1989+ era UP simplified repaint with the simplified reporting marks style lettering and a UP shield. Take a look at the accurate data and yellow rotary ends! Available in 3 all new numbers for 2019! (SKU 10861)

RE-RUN: UP “1997 H-100-19 Black Repaint V2” illustrates another UP repaint scheme from 1997. Notice the different reporting marks font in use for this timeframe and the addition of small white reflective delineators across the bottom of the car! Available in 2 all new numbers for 2019! (SKU 10862)

NEW: UP “1989 H-100-17” Black Repaint Double Rotary” is an all-new scheme for the Tangent model. This is a repaint of one of the double rotary cars in the simplified 1989 era black scheme. It accurately features one yellow end, per the prototype photo. Available in 1 accurate number. (SKU 10868)
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NEW: HLMX “Ex-UP H-100-17” is another all-new scheme on this model. Helm Financial Corporation acquired a portion of the H-100-17 fleet starting in 2007. The model features a weathered black paint job with fresh black patches and yellow conspicuity stripes. Available in 2 accurate numbers. (SKU 10873)

RE-RUN: SKU 10856 DT&I “Original 1976 Black” is a nod to our DT&I friends. Tangent first ran this scheme back in 2012, and we have been receiving e-mails ever since requesting more numbers! These USRE leased clones are very close in appearance to the UP’s own quads, and we are happy to release 6 all new numbers for 2019! (SKU 10856)

For those of you hoping for BLE, L&N, CRR, CSX, or other schemes, we have not forgotten about you. Please give us a little more time!

The Tangent Scale Models Bethlehem Steel 3600cu.ft. Quad Hoppers are shipping NOW.
See https://www.tangentscalemodels.com/bethlehem-quad-hopper/ for photos and more.

Features for our Bethlehem Steel Quad Hopper replicas include:

– A “Tangent-accurate” non-symmetrical, properly-sloped coal load
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Painted, scale-sized wire grab irons and coupler lift bars for strength and durability
– Air hoses
– Thin-profile brake piping
– See-through etched metal brake platforms
– L-shaped end-sheet supports
– Interior bracing detail
– Highly-detailed hopper bay outlet gates
– “Narrow appearance” coupler box with Kadee® scale couplers
– Ready-to-operate model with hidden weights
– Tangent 100-ton N-11 trucks with free-rolling metal wheels
– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks, with semi-scale wheels available separately
– Dimensional accuracy – scaled from prototype plans
– Car number selection process – we select car numbers from our personal photo collection, online and published sources, focusing on late era numbers to represent more than 40 years in continuous operation.
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Do not miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Bethlehem Steel Design Quad Hoppers, the workhorses of the Union Pacific Coal Hopper fleet. Pricing for these RTR models is $38.95.

Thank you for continuing to support Tangent Scale Models, a family-owned and operated company!

David Lehlbach