The coolness that was the Penn Central on the Rio Grande. #My'70sTrip.
X58 362184 moving east in 1977, the model is, of course from Tangent, weathering such a nice car is a challenge, this was done with oil washes and chalks, plus a little airbrushed dust.
TTBX 94180 also eastbound after a trip to the west coast. Empties didn't always move east as a complete train, the D&RGW just made it a point to expedite their movement as auto traffic was good revenue. Note GP40-2 #3096 running long hood first while shoving on the caboose of an afternoon westbound. This model is an older Overland piece, I'll be adding a load to it in the coming weeks.
The Bowser U25B thread inspired me to dig out an old friend that I made back in the '90s, while nowhere near the quality of Liz's fine work it was a fun project, I made the frame and soldered the handrails from brass stock. Good times!
I was inspired to build this car after fr8kar posted his excellent model a few weeks ago. To my surprise I actually had everything I needed already except the combines. Luckily I was able to source a couple from Buffalo Road Imports.
The car is an Intermountain model with Plano cut levers added. I noticed in some photos the combines were sometimes accompanied by crates so I scratch built a couple to go between the machines. Even though they are supposed to be new, to me, the combines looked too toy like glossy and fresh out of the package. So I hit them with some panel line accent for some depth and shadowing and sprayed them with Tamiya semi gloss to knock down the shine a little. It doesn't really show up well here but it's a nice contrast against the flat finish on the flatcar. Unfortunately the ladder on one machine came glued on crooked and I couldn't straighten it.
After dinner with some friends Saturday night before last, I ran a CP freight on the River City Modeler's layout in Spokane, WA. Then after getting home, I found out CP is buying KCS. That was a little bit of a shocker!
Ted Curphey Cheney, WA Engineer on the Washington Eastern RR
Dan, Mine are Trident models that I either already had or picked up on Fleabay, my painting process was likely similar to yours as well, I did some 1" silver stripes for the chrome strips but it's hard to tell -the model was ridiculously expensive to finish, even at an average price of $12.00 apiece there's $120.00 just in the load. I'm just digging how good yours look and will look forward to whatever else of the project you share with us.