|Andy Laurent modeled the KGB's plow / ballast spreader with a low
(summer) plow blade.
Andy used about a dozen photos of ballast spreader X190 photos
including some showing the
plow configured with a small blade for summer work as a basis for
his model. He models the Ahnapee & Western in the 1950s, and the
original impetus was to have a Green Bay & Western ballast train that
may have been 'loaned' to the A&W to do some surfacing
work. Andy's found out that the A&W never borrowed the X190, but
he decided to build the model anyway.
The model started with a Walthers
Jordan spreader kit. He cut down the plow blades to match the ballast
plow of the X190 and then fabricated the thirteen angled support brackets
from styrene shapes. He cut out the window mullions in the cab and
replaced them with mullions from a Pikestuff window (including one window
left open for the operator). Andy used a Kadee
#39 coupler on the pilot; it was the biggest trick of the whole
project and took about two hours itself. A steam-loco headlight from
Cal-Scale and a horn from an Ulrich
semi-tractor model rounded out the details.
Although he couldn't find positive proof of the cab color in the 1950s,
Andy took a guess that it was yellow, and painted the model using Cat
Yellow paint from a spray can. The decals were printed on Micro-Mark
decal paper (you can download the decal artwork
here). He had to apply each side decal three times before he
finally got it right! (Hint: The Micro-Mark paper will warp badly
unless only the smallest amount of decal setting solution is used.)
The weathering was done by dry brushing with water soluble paints,
including 5 layered colors in the plow mud streaks alone! There's even a
nice 'smoke dust' ring around the smoke jack on the roof!