Painting the model was a straightforward project. The
Kadee boxcar doors were painted with gray primer from an aerosol
can before they were added to the model. After the remainder of
the boxcar was assembled -- but before the trucks and
couplers were added -- I airbrushed the boxcar body with Modelflex
#16-37 Southern Pacific Scarlet Red.
|The Scale Rail
Graphics is the first in years to offer a 'Home of the
Packers' decals for modelers. Here are my first
impressions of the set:
The PACKERS logo and GREEN BAY ROUTE
heralds look a little small -- I think they should be
about 20% or so larger. Note how the prototype herald
extends the width of one welded panel. In addition, the
font of the large GREEN BAY AND WESTERN looks a little on
the heavy side
I should have placed the GREEN BAY
AND WESTERN about a scale foot or two to the left so the
"AND" was completely to the left of the
I didn't mask off the bottom of the car so I got a little
overspray of red on the underbody air tank and brake cylinder, as
in prototype photos. Likewise, the trucks were lightly
sprayed from above with the same red paint before attaching them
to the model.
The decals came from the new Scale Rail Graphics #31057 GBW 40'
Red Steel Boxcar. The most difficult part of the car was
placing the sixteen white dots along the bottom of each side of
the car. The tabs on the side sill of the boxcar doesn't
exactly match the prototype, so I found it helpful to use a ruler
to place the dots at equal spaces, rather than to try to space
After decaling I used several applications of Microscale
Micro-Sol to settle the decal over the weld lines (and my somewhat
rough paint job).