Seven HO scale box cars were recently painted for the Wheeling Freight Terminal. A couple days of warmer weather made it easy to open the garage door and fire up the airbrush. While there are seven cars, only three paint colors were used. I try to paint multiple cars the same color to minimize clean up time and effort. Click on any image here to review a large size.
The four cars above are all painted Liquid Acrylic Burnt Umber mixed with 30 drops of Model Air Aged White. The car on the left is a Westerfield Baltimore & Ohio M-13 class, 36-foot, double-sheathed box car. The next car to the right is a Westerfield USRA single-sheathed car with a replacement roof and safety details reflecting a post 1938 rebuild. This will be decaled for the Western Maryland. The other two are Tichy Train Group USRA single-sheathed box cars with original details and will be decaled for the Western Maryland and the Baltimore & Ohio with the as-built lettering style.
These two cars are Funaro & Camerlengo resin kits. At the left is a Canadian Pacific steel-sheathed Minibox and on the right is a Reading XMp 36-foot, double-sheathed car. Both of these models were painted with Model Air Scarlet Red with no additional color.
This last model is another Tichy USRA single-sheathed box car that will be lettered for the Pennsylvania. Model Color Amaranth Red was the main paint with a few drops of Model Air Rust and Model Air Scarlet Red added to cut the brightness of the orange. My focus is 1926 and the PRR freight car color was more orange than red at this point in time.
With all of these models, the paint dried for a couple of days before a gloss coat of Future/Pledge acrylic floor finish was applied with the airbrush. Decal application should commence soon!
I enjoy sharing photos, tips, and techniques here on the blog. Taking photos and writing text has become much less of a chore than it was a few years ago. What can be a chore is figuring out software updates that have gone awry. I am adding this so others who blog or are considering a blog may understand there is more to it than what you see.
Just before Christmas there was a WordPress update to install on my blog, so I clicked on the update button and went back to the workbench for a few minutes. I returned to a white screen and an odd FATAL ERROR message. The blog was still there and visible, but my access to the administrative functions had disappeared.
After hours of research and posting questions to help sites, I found a possible fix. Earlier today, I spent a few hours sweating over the fixes and was successful. It seems the original update did not execute fully and I had to replace some software the files with fresh versions from a new download. What a harrowing experience. I think I went ten minutes deleting and moving files without taking a breath. I am happy that incident is now behind me.
Thanks for stopping by and reading the latest post. 2016 will kick of with a really cool guest piece and we will see where we go from there!
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