Z scale model of the hopper car with trucks in French MILLET version.
This Z scale reproduction is a ready-to-run finished model.
Injection plastic molded model with fine details and silkscreen. (picture of 3D printed prototype).
The wheels are in burnished nickel finish metal.
The couplers are shorter version for more realistic space between cars.
Due to their wide use form the 70's, many decorations are available for this type of wagon, from the Breton cooperatives to the mills of eastern France, passing through the cereal plains of the center and the north of Europe. This car was also widely used in Belgium, Germany, Italy...
Example of other references available:
- TRANSCEREALES (ear, brown versions...),
- SOUFFLET mill,
About the real one :
This hopper car with trucks is designed for transporting products such as grain. Cars of this type are used for transporting all types of oilseeds, cereals and derivatives in bulk.
This gravity unloading silo car is one of the hopper wagons, consisting of a single tank arranged longitudinally and opening onto several unloading hoppers (3 or 4). The bottom ends of the tank are angled inward to guide the granulated material to the nearest hopper. The tank is often rounded in shape, which gives the cars an intermediate appearance between the cylindrical shape of the tank car and the funnel shape of the hopper car.