Saturday, January 19, 2013

When the cat's away...

     Today finds me with an empty apartment - as the other half and her friend have gone to Niagara Falls NY to do some shopping. The perfect opportunity to get some work done. So far I've managed to get that GP38-2 I've mentioned previously, two wood sheathed vans, and two twin hoppers into the 99% alcohol bath for stripping

- while I take coupler boxes off a pair of RS-11 side sill walkways that were previously stripped. As soon as the Geeps' side sill walkways are stripped, the three of them are headed into the paint shop for a coat of flat black. Now if only I could get my hands on some Scalecoat II - CN Olive Green in a rattle can, I could get some of these hoods painted and decaled.

Update: A little scrubbing with an old toothbrush and a quick spritz with the flat black Krylon and the walkways are done.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The 'To Do List' just got a little longer

     I received some Microscale decals yesterday, for Canadian National 40' "Manitoba" box cars in the mail. Between those and the jigsaw puzzles the wife keeps bringing home, I'll have lots to do after work this week.

     My GP-9RM #7320 is also in pieces on my desk as I attempt to figure out what DCC decoder will be easiest to install - as I'm totally not interested in soldering any little tiny friggin wires to this thing:

Friday, January 04, 2013

New Equipment Arrives

My latest eBay find has arrived. Christmas gift to myself.

A Walthers Proto (formerly LifeLike) GP38-2. I hadn't noticed at the time, but the fuel tank is too big. It's the extra large 3600gal type. I think these units look much better with the medium 2600gal tank - so the Materials Acquisition Department (Me, Myself and I) is currently sourcing a smaller fuel tank on the internet.

The other thing to consider is what paint it will wear. When I picked this up on Boxing Day I had originally planned to model CP Rail 4512 - a black/orange, Ex-Milwaukee Road, patched Soo Line unit just like this one. However, I'm now beginning to wonder how this unit would look if I painted it in CNR green and gold. Hmm...