View single post by Lee B
 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 07:59 pm
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Lee B

Joined: Tue Dec 9th, 2014
Location: The Pacific NW, By Way Of The Deep South, USA
Posts: 824
Thank you.
I’m sure I’ll eventually hear someone say it is “Way too clean” for a backwoods narrow gauge railroad during WW2.
But having been an Army officer in my past, I know all too well that dirty equipment is not a common thing in a stateside training environment. Sergeants live for the equipment being clean and will smite any wayward solider who doesn’t live up to that standard, as if from an Old Testament object lesson. Road grime would be impossible to keep off a working locomotive, though. So it had to have a little bit of wear.
I made small stencils for acceptance test markings on the lower ends of each hood, copied from real markings I saw in a WW2 photo. It gives a date in February, 1943 and mentions acceptance testing at the Holabird signal corps depot (which was an Ordnance depot up to 1942) in Baltimore. Most operators will likely never notice the markings at all, and very unlikely will read them, but I know it’s there.
To me, it is tough to know when to stop with weathering. For example, I also weathered this coach to a light degree and when I was done and stepped back, I realized I really liked seeing something that looked well used but not abused:

All that said, I fully expect someone eventually will decry, “It’s too new looking!”
I really wanted to paint the frame and running gear solid black, but the stanchions holding the uncoupling levers appear to be glued into the pilot. That, and the running gear and built into the frame (it’s not built like most diesels, where the body is one piece and the running gear is another, and the motor is mounted in an internal frame) and masking off all that would have been really tough.

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