EMD GP40 mini-detailing project

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8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #1 by bikingmike
EMD GP40 mini-detailing project was created by bikingmike
Hi all

I picked up an undecorated GP40 shell, so though I'd try my hand at adding a bit of extra detail and painting. The rungs are brass wire inserted into holes I drilled into the shell. The primer I used is Plastokote automotive primer; this stuff sprays pretty good, dries quickly, and is as tough as nails.

Stay tuned for more...



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8 years 8 months ago #2 by Bishop
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Looks beautiful even as it is.

Amateur plastic surgeon!

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #3 by bikingmike
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Well howdy there peeps

I've finally made a bit more progress on this today, although some of it may have to be undone :wail:



Got the BN green on but I've got a feeling it's a tad light.



Got the black on now (I used Tamiya NATO Black which is really a very dark gray); the sunshades were made from some brass sheet and the added snow plow is a Details West one. I whipped up some rudimentary MU hoses from solder and superglued them in.

What I didn't allow for was the fact that the couple mounts to the chassis rather than the body - might havta re-think that one...



And here it is posed alongside a factory painted Athearn one that I bought a few years ago off TradeMe. You can see the difference in the two greens, undecided yet if I'll try and re-spray it to get it a close match. There's a darker swathe along the middle where I forgot to mask off the remainder of the green.... :wail:



I still have to add the diagonal white stripes on the nose.
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8 years 5 months ago #4 by steve4
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what is the problem with the couplers ? they should still fit even with the snow plow installed.
if you repaint the green, don't forget to remove the grabs on the nose first ;)
you are already using a photo cube or tent, right ?
the weathered black looks very good...

steve w.

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #5 by bikingmike
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HI Steve

Good idea removing the grabs, although they're super-glued in so they may be a bit reluctant to budge.

The couplers are chassis mounted, so it's a bit dodgy trying to get the pocket to slide through the opening. I may attempt to build up a coupler pocket and mount it to the body.

Yeh, I'm using a light tent along with some extra lighting.

Cheers

Mike
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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #6 by Grant
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Looking good. The BN green is quite an attractive livery. I took this in Albuquerque yard, if it helps. The loco on the left gives an impression of just how much the green can fade.


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8 years 5 months ago #7 by bikingmike
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Grant wrote: Looking good. The BN green is quite an attractive livery. I took this in Albuquerque yard, if it helps. The loco on the left gives an impression of just how much the green can fade.



Interesting pic Grant, the loco on the right actually looks closer to the colour of mine!

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8 years 3 days ago - 8 years 3 days ago #8 by bikingmike
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righty ho chaps, here it is almost finished. I realised after it was all painted and weathered I'd put the dynamic brake hood the wrong way around. :blink: Will have to re-work that little area...





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8 years 3 days ago #9 by Grant
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Very nice. :cheer:

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