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Old 08-09-2019, 08:33 PM   #281
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Personally, I would start from scratch (too much to touch-up), strip the shell and repaint. In my experience no matter how you try to feather the edges they always seem to ghost through on the repaint. However there are others here who may have a workable technique. J.B.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:43 PM   #282
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Set #5515T

The set is complete except for the original carton which was damaged and thrown away by the original owner. It was also offered in the 54' catalogue as 5411T but with green New Haven cars. The Dinky Ford I just put there since it happened to be in the box (wondered what happened to it). J.B.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:22 PM   #283
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The set is complete except for the original carton which was damaged and thrown away by the original owner. It was also offered in the 54' catalogue as 5411T but with green New Haven cars. The Dinky Ford I just put there since it happened to be in the box (wondered what happened to it). J.B.
Great looking set. The 955 cars with the silhouettes are not common and not easy to find. The green cars didn't have silhouettes. It's always fun when you get a set and there are extras with it that the original owner had and kept with it.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:50 PM   #284
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Sagas, that is an absolutely beautiful set. However it is not a 5411T set; that set had a 287 engine w/o smoke and choo choo. It is also not a 5422T nor a 1954 version of the 5322T set. It is in fact a 5515T set. A complete boxed set would have the exact items you pictured plus a #1 1/2 transformer, a 706 uncoupler, 12 702 curve tracks, #40 smoke set, 12 track locks and a 690 track terminal.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:11 PM   #285
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Very nice set Sagas.

I was not going to try to touchup that 290. It needs a complete repaint.
Whats the best way to strip the shell. Sandblasted would be nice but you could never save the cab numbers.
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Old 08-10-2019, 01:03 AM   #286
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Sagas, that is an absolutely beautiful set. However it is not a 5411T set; that set had a 287 engine w/o smoke and choo choo. It is also not a 5422T nor a 1954 version of the 5322T set. It is in fact a 5515T set. A complete boxed set would have the exact items you pictured plus a #1 1/2 transformer, a 706 uncoupler, 12 702 curve tracks, #40 smoke set, 12 track locks and a 690 track terminal.
Tom, I do have the transformer, uncoupler, etc. Just didn't bother to put them out. Also didn't notice the 5411T had a 287 not a 283. Thanks, J.B.

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Very nice set Sagas.

I was not going to try to touchup that 290. It needs a complete repaint.
Whats the best way to strip the shell. Sandblasted would be nice but you could never save the cab numbers.
Flyernut would most likely have the best advise since he seems to do a fair amount of repaints. There are also a few YouTube videos on the subject. I've never had to go that far, only some very minor touchups. J.B.
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:20 AM   #287
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I sandblast the boiler shell and use a chemical stripper, brake fluid, or easy off oven cleaner on the tender shell. The tender chassis can withstand sandblasting, and I do sandblast it.
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:50 AM   #288
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Sandblasting is certainly a good way to go but may I suggest using glass beads also? Looks just like white sand, does the same job but isn't as hard on metal as sand. I have used the glass beading method since my hot rod building days. In fact I have had the same blasting cabinet for years. I can regulate the air pressure so as to not damage softer metal. For whatever reason, the glass beading leaves the metal surface, well, glass smooth. In fact, it does something to the metal surface. I have left bare metal car items on my bench for days before painting and no sign of rust. Even in humid days. Since I am not a metallurgist, I have no idea why bare metal does not rust after glass beading. I have yet to find anything the glass beading method will not remove from metal.
And no painting isn't a problem with the surface being the way it is. Just prime and paint. Paint with primer in it works too.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:47 AM   #289
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A nice 940 Wabash hopper and caboose. I know, I know, hopper has 2 different trucks. Not sure what that is about, because I think it has knuckle couplers on both ends. Nice thing about the hoppers trucks are secured with screws and its easy to make a transition car. I have a couple. I can not see the caboose number real well. Looks like maybe a 906. If you can see it well let me know the number. For some reason I see many Wabash hoppers with faint lettering. This one is good.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:56 AM   #290
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the caboose is a number 904, enlarging it did help quite a bit ...
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