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I try to stick to transition era... 1920s-1950s... Southeastern US road names.

My original intention was to go BD (before diesel). But, alas, some EMD GPs and Alco RSs followed me home. :rolleyes:

And lately I've gotten this thing for UK steam. Right time frame, wrong continent. Although some were shipped over here for celebrity tours (see "UK Locos" thread in General Discussion).

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I dug out these Mantua cars because... I don't know.

They're heavy. NMRA standards at least.

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Started off with the water car.
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Popped the tanks off, masked them, and hit the inside with flat black. Then I painted the outside flat brown.
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Mixed up some water and poured it in. Some leaked at the tank seams, but that's ok. We'll pretend it sloshed out onto the deck of the car. And I toned down the DOT yellow car.

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I hit the trucks with some flat clear spray and laid them on a paper towel. Then I dusted the paper towel with some weathering powders and blew the powder onto the still tacky trucks.

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My truck tuning tool went on hiatus. When it gets back I'll ream the trucks so they'll be amenable to Kadee wheelsets.
 

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So I tried the same powder technique on the entire horse car.

Before (UPRR masked).

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The powder clumped and I put on way too much. Looks like it's been driving down a logging road in the rain.

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After it dried I tried to "blend" it with a teethbrush dipped in alcohol. It looks some better, but still too heavy. This is why we practice on the cheap(er) stuff. On the bright side, the masked road name is less conspicuous.

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Get anything new?


Now that all that mess is out of the way..

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That LED headlamp is BRIGHT.
 
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