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    I say go for it. He seems to be doing a good job in my opinion.

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    Do it, this will look nice with light weathering.

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    Did you send the loco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjammin05 View Post
    Did you send the loco?
    Not yet, I'll probably be sending it in a few weeks
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    Not yet, I'll probably be sending it in a few weeks
    I can't wait to see the results.

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    Okay, going to be sending out my first loco! I chose a BN SW-1, the plan is to give it a good heavy weathering, patch out the BN and replace with NREX markings. I specifically told him to mask out the windows and give it a real good fade so hopefully it'll look good.

    The official before photo:


    I went with this one instead of the Coors loco because I wanted something that's essentially universal as far as uses go. Right now I'm planning on using it to switch scrap cars but that could change
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Okay, the Sw-1 was completed and shipped back a few days ago, it should be here Monday.

    A few days after I shipped it to him his ebay account was suspended, he reached out via email explaining what happened (sales outside of ebay) and to confirm he got the loco. So being the rational human I am I asked him if he wanted to business outside of ebay in the future, he said yes. Anyway, I'll post pics once it gets here, he sent me in progress shots along the way so I've got an idea. From what I've seen it isn't mastery but it's pretty darn good
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    I'm pretty sure Darth Vader runs Ebay.
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    Annnd it's back!
    As usual here's the before:


    And here's the after:


    With this one the goal was scrap yard switcher so in a nutshell: Old, tired, beat-up, ready to be done; the type of workplace appliance that needed to be replaced years ago but you always hear "But it still works!" From management.

    The windows were masked this time, one was over masked and now is bordered by bright green, it's not too bad but it's noticable if you really study it. There was some bleed that I just chipped away with a toothpick, not a problem.
    One thing I love if it was intentional but hate if it wasnt are the scratches on the front windows. It makes it look like cracked glass, which in this case is great. If it was unintentional the thought of that on a road loco scares me.
    I asked him to do fuel stains on the tank after seeing one of the work in progress shots. He went a little overboard but it's hard to notice when it's on the track.

    I managed to take some outdoor with a scrap hopper, I'll let those speak for themselves:



    You can see the over masked window here:
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    I see one minor thing...

    Overall it looks good.
    The front steps could have a bit more dirt or rust like what's shown on the rear steps in the last photo. They look faded, but no dirt, rust or wear.

    Otherwise...
    The GREEN around the windows could be explained away (if it was ever brought up for discussion) as a repair if and when the "cracked" glass was repaired, meaning cleaned?
    The cracked windows are a plus in this case.
    The roof and top of the hood look great!

    I think you got your moneys worth with this one.
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    I agree with Allen, you got your money's worth and I like what he did except one thing that you've already mentioned. The fuel tank is a little too much in my opinion, especially in your third picture but that's an angle that most people won't have as they'll be looking downwards.

    That poor little switcher!

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    I agree, it's well worth the money.

    I have two nits to pick, though... I agree with the tank, the fuel spills look too heavy (and with too defined boundaries) on an otherwise clean tank. And also - though that may be different in person - like many locos that are fully rusted, this one appears almost like uniformly shat upon (pardon my language) rather than rusted. This - to me - is particularly true for the long hood and the cab side in the second and third of your pictures. I like the sides of the hood much better, because there is some kind of structure to the rust and the original paint still peeks through.

    Huge improvement over "factory shiny" in any case though, don't get me wrong.

    Hope I didn't put any pictures into anyone's head

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    I agree, it's well worth the money.

    I have two nits to pick, though... I agree with the tank, the fuel spills look too heavy (and with too defined boundaries) on an otherwise clean tank. And also - though that may be different in person - like many locos that are fully rusted, this one appears almost like uniformly shat upon (pardon my language) rather than rusted. This - to me - is particularly true for the long hood and the cab side in the second and third of your pictures. I like the sides of the hood much better, because there is some kind of structure to the rust and the original paint still peeks through.

    Huge improvement over "factory shiny" in any case though, don't get me wrong.

    Hope I didn't put any pictures into anyone's head

    Heiko
    I agree on all accounts, my heart sorta sank when I saw the fuel tank. I was hoping for one streak on each side, there's about 5 on each side.

    As far as the brown, that was my first instinct when I saw the work in progress photos. It looks better in person but yes, it isn't as defined as it could be but in this case I think it compliments the black
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Maybe you can touch up the fuel tank yourself with some flat paint to dull it and blend in the distinct outlines.

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    I think it looks great and like said above if there is something about it that really bugs you just do a little painting on it yourself. The outdoor picture looks awesome I would love to have it on my layout.

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    Well, I tried to fix the wagon top caboose. I used the q-tip with some IPA and accidentally took some weathering off the window frames. In an attempt to fix it I tired to pop the windows out (each window is it's own part that glued in), squeezed too hard on one and crushed one of the end handrail parts. It's fixable but it's gonna take some doing, I also decided to just replace the windows with krystal clear and some were damaged on their way out. I'll update when I get around to fixing it
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    It’s very good.

    Not bashing, just trying to be constructive…
    I like the heavy rust on the cab and hood.
    But my eye expects to see that same level of weathering to the handrails and the sill/walkway.


    The sun and the rain fall equally on mostly flat objects.

    Still, very good.

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    Does anyone have a new link for the ebay offer? The current one shows sold out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warnerj01 View Post
    Does anyone have a new link for the ebay offer? The current one shows sold out.

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    He's been suspended from ebay, I can PM you his email if you'd like
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    He's been suspended from ebay, I can PM you his email if you'd like
    That would be awesome. I have a friend that may want him to weather some cars or locos. Also, I'm thinking about asking him to weather a few locos.
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