UP M-23: paint job on trailer finished

Finally the trailer got his paint - still missing the lettering

After Application of deals the body will receive a matte or semi gloss coat


CBQ #9908 - progress on shovelnose

The shovelnose is now roughly finished - all windows and the air-inlet above cut out. Also the combination of the frontlight and the later added warning/emergency light in an add-on housing are attached.


GM&O #1900

Some further progress on painting the unit - addtionally I enlarged the inner diameter of the portholes

For the photos I temporary put masking tape as sunshades its holders - after final varnish I'll look for thin tissue.


#9908 - cab's front substructure

Two horizontal and one vertical formers with an 0.040" styrene overlay make the substructure of the cab. After building a similar construction for the raised roof of the engine room these areas will be covered with glass-fiber & resin.

and a few days later

GM&O #1900 - further painting

First look after application of the light black on roof and front & rear pilots. Some corrections on the  border lines betwen red and black will have to be done.

CB&Q #9908 'Silver Charger'

Since I've developed an affection for CB&Q's fluted stainless  steel locomotives I decided to tackle #9908 'Silver Charger' the locmotive of 'General Pershing Zephyr'.

I use an USA-Train streamliner (a diner) for the shell. Trucks will be either a poered front truck only (like the prototype) probably using an USA-Trains' SD-40-truck and turning the side frames into 'Blomberg'-look-a-likes. Since the train with #9908 will only consist of three cars or so this might be sufficient. It may also be a solution to get more powr using an Aristo-FA-truck for the rear...however, thia would depend on the speed's matching of the two types.

Shortened, the windows filled and resting on tweo FA-trucks - it'll be a long way to resemble the beautiful #9908....


GM&O #1900 - basic color to shell

Started with painting #1900

PPU #200 with black shell

Found the right black shade for the shell finally - now for the herald, lettering & silver lining

UP M-23's trailer

Started the paint job on M-23's trailer


Ingalls 4S refined

Some progess on Ingalls 4S


Ingalls 4S - update

Cut out all windows, doors and louvers, applied the frames for the  portholes and gave the shell a first priming


Further progress on Ingalls 4S

Cut some of the air-inlets and windows into the shell. Additionally basic underbody setup was assembled.


First steps on Ingalls 4S' shell

Progress on shell achieved so far


GM&O #1900 in 1/29 - the sole Ingalls 4S

Waiting on parts for the other projects I decided to start another project of a unique diesel:
GM&O #1900, built by Ingalls in 1946 as a demonstrator for the intended line of diesel-electrics.
Eventually sold to GM&O it served until 1962.

GM&O #1900

I was able to get an Aristo-Craft FA unit for good price - it will provide the trucks and most parts of the shell, the frame and the pilot. How it starts:

For the HW-passenger car like monitor roof an old Bachmann coach was cannibalized. The rear steps are from an already depleted USA-Trains NW2-frame


Peoria & Pekin Union RR #200

After a long time an update on PPU's #200 of 1939

I ran out of the small decorative screws and have to wait for my order.
Still not sure about the shell's color - later diesels were plain black. So far I've no info on #200's color. From the b&w phottos it seems that the shell has a lighter color than the frame - however this could be also an effect of light incidence or color's fading.