I'm in the process of building 5 Central Vermont vans,(yes vans. CV is/was part of the CNR system and they're called vans up here in Canuckistan).
The client supplied a good number of photos for me to work from to help with details and weathering patterns. One of the vans is this short USRA style van.
This will slightly simplify the brake rigging by eliminating the 3rd brake lever common on caboose/van brake rigging.
This F&C kit provided another challenge early on. The kit was originally designed to represent the USRA cabooses used by the Ulster & Delaware and the NYC. Those cars had cast iron stirrups rather than the steps as shown on the CV car.
As this photo shows, using the bolster location would restrict the truck swing thus generating a static model.
So I relocated the truck screw holes after filling in the space between the centre sills with some styrene.
This is what the finished underframe looks like.