Well, for not even thinking I was going to get a chance at working on models this weekend, I ended up being fairly productive.
Lately, I've been revisiting this caboose. It started out as a Cotton Belt Wide Vision caboose from the first Atlas release. I added the Moloco standard cupola conversion kit, scratchbuilt an interior, painted and decaled it, then began weathering. It still needs the Plano etched walkway added to it, but first I needed to paint up the primer/silver/rust roof. Once the red roofwalk is added, I'll hit some small spots on the roof with a little red overspray. Then I'll add the cut levers, rooftop grabs, glazing/window frames, and little seats in the cupola. My little girls have recently become fascinated with cabooses and point them out every opportunity they get. Sadly, I find them in McDonald's Playland more often than on rails...
Anyway, here's that caboose:
Next is a Norfolk Southern GP38-2 I've been working on forever. I still need to add sanding lines, glazing, NWSL wheels, cut levers, lights and replace a broken firecracker antenna. This is one of a pair of GP38-2s that I've been trying out virtually every weathering technique on. I've used artist's oils, airbrushed enamels, drybrushed chalk/alcohol sludge, mineral spirits brushed in a downward motion to give a rain streaked effect and finally brushed dry powdered chalk. One day I'll learn how to take photos of black locomotives. Until then, here's the photo:
Here's its sister unit:
Anyway, these are in-progress photos. It will probably be another year before I'm able to finish. That's due in part to the fact that I keep a number of models in progress at once and try to keep my weathering sessions spread out to avoid giving the models a uniform look.
Here's the other stuff cluttering my workbench:
I hope you enjoyed the models (and tolerated the photos )