Ok in my 7th segment of "Narrow Gauge On A Budget" I'm going to switch scales for a moment. And tell how I turn a "Out of the Box" little LBG Porter into rustic Backwoods locomotive. (This also can be done in On30) !!!
Several years ago I purchased a LGB 0-4-0 Porter from "Ebay" because a friend of my mind had one running on his Garden Railroad and it ran like clock work.!!! Wanting to add to my fleet of small locos for my now defunked "G" scale R&P Lumber Co layout, I had to have one. So when I got this thing in the mail I thought it was neat "But' a little to colorful for my taste. And it needed to have that rundown backwoods logging appeal to it. If it was going to run on my layout, Plus I wanted to see how it would look with a tender behind it with fresh cut timber for a load.
Porter: The cab was removed and painted with a "Grey Primer" spray paint. Once dried it was given a coat of "Flat Black" spray paint and set to dry. Next I attacked the boiler with a piece of light sandpaper to remove any road-names or numbers. Once clean up it too got a coat of "Grey Primer & "Flat Black paint. Next I removed the front and rear pilot and replaced them with wood beams and "Link & Pin couplers. Next the roof was given a rustic sheet metal roof for that really rundown appeal. Planks were added to the cab floor, running boards and outside cab walls. A lot of Ozark Miniatures detail parts were added and it was given the same weathering treatment like I'd decide in an earlier form.
Tender: It too was a "Ebay" purchase and the tender was given the same sandpaper,primer and flat black spray paint and weathering treatment and real logs were added to it haul.