I removed every
wiring, circuit boards and metal from all the blue bits of plastic, so
that the paint can be stripped.
USA trains did
job of making this engine easy to disassemble!
the major bits of
are connected with clips, so they can be simply unhooked.
there are 6 sets
clips..to remember which is which when I reassemble, I scraped numbers
into both sides with an x-acto blade.
1-1 on both sides
the first clip
2-2 on both sides
the 2nd clip.
I also scraped
with a "F" for front truck, and an arrow pointing to the front of the
and a "R" for
and also an arrow pointing to the front.
I took these
as an aid to put this thing back together! [:D]
The only wires
are these 4 wires running into the cab.
the clips might
fit throught the hole, but I started to pull the cab interior out too
blocking the hole, then the cab interior didnt want to shove back
I just snipped the wires.
not a big deal, I
just splice them back together.
several more detail
shots of the wiring..I wont bother to post them all. if anyone wants to
see them just drop me a line.)
3 large bits
of blue plastic
4 bits of random
interior, and a few other random bits.
a few of the
eyelet things didnt want to come out, and the handrail actually pulled
*through* them, leaving the eyelet behind with a crack in it.
shouldnt be a big
everything so far!
well, as good as
going to get anyway..
the bits that are
blue remain that way because the container for the alcohol wasnt quite
long enough for the entire frame to sit submerged..I could only soak
end at a time, and the middle couldnt get soaked..its good enough!
its going to get
of grey primer anyway before the color coats..I dont think the
blue will "show" in the finished model..
the pieces fit
but I cant put it
the frame yet..because there are now tabs and posts on the frame that
in the way of the shortened shell..
have to dig out
and other saws to do that job..
I looked for them
(still packed away somewhere..from moving 2 months ago)
fitting the shell
the frame must wait for another day..
the shell is
squadron putty applied and sanded.
new tool box for
front scratchbuilt out of styrene.
tool box, but im not really sure..havent had the opportunity to peek
I started putting
decals together in photoshop today, I will get the order sent out to
December 12, 2005
no decals exist
scale LV diesels, so I have to make my own!
Thanks to Ray over on
the LVRR forum, I got accurate prototype details for the stripes!
thread for the discussion on stripes.
next, send the decal order
to Stan have them printed, spray on some primer, and test a few reds.
I have one Krylon
that I think is a good match, but I still need to experiment to find
elusive perfect LV Cornell Red.
I re-did the decal sheet,
enlarged the drawing of the SW1 to full-size for 1/29 scale, then cut
pasted my decals onto the drawing with photoshop, without re-sizing
at all.. here is the result:
and here is my final decal
8.5 X 11 inches.
thats a reduced-resolution
version for posting on-line..
its only 72
the real version
ppi and will be printed on an alps printer.
time to send the
sheet to Stan
December 19, 2005
we have RED!!!
Lehigh Valley "Cornell
Red" is a very controversial color..
every LV fan has
own opinion on what it should look like.
I believe I know
its supposed to look like ;)
its a true, deep
not a hint of
in it, its not maroon, its not burgandy..no hints of reddish
pure 100% RED!
(the photo of the
112 above is too "orangy"..bad color reproduction..perhaps a fading
its a tricky
after trying out a few
flavors of Krylon reds, I found a great one!
December 22, 2005
the next update
probably be of the finished engine!
I expect to
week between Christmas & New Years..
to page 4, Finished!