I bought a couple of LaBelle wood HO scale kits with the idea of making a pair of cabooses for my Hudson Electric RR. Traction roads had all kinds of cabooses and these side door Soo Line cabooses looked just right. Well, I didn't like the early period cupola, so I designed it right out and built a cupola-less roof. Well, the plain scribed siding was pretty plain, so I decided to have a sheathed lower and tongue 'n groove upper. That needed something to break up the contrast, so what better than outside bracing? The steps that came with the kit were too small, so I put on Bethlehem Car works caboose steps and BCW metal passenger car trucks. On a small car, they give it a unique 'big caboose' look. I was looking at a photo of a D&H crummy with crash bars on the end platforms and that gave the platforms a more substantial look, so I added them. In the end, about 1/2 of the kit as designed, the rest was all bashed up. It's about 75% complete.