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amato1969

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2016, 11:18:13 PM »
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Getting the decals rolling while waiting for replacement decoders.  The 301 was repainted later than the 305, and like many LV units, had variations in the paint job; in this case, the positions of the billboard "Valley" was different:





Wrestling with stripes is next  :scared:

  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2016, 10:55:52 PM »
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This week I finished the striping on the two cornell red units:



There are still some air bubbles here and there that I need to slice and hit with more MicroSol.  Flat boxcar sides are a lot easier to decal!

  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2016, 05:38:51 AM »
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That's a very sharp looking paint scheme. Nicely done. 

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2016, 09:17:57 AM »
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After watching all those JPM videos, this build thread excites me greatly!

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2016, 05:05:58 PM »
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This week I finished the striping on the two cornell red units:



There are still some air bubbles here and there that I need to slice and hit with more MicroSol.  Flat boxcar sides are a lot easier to decal!

  Frank

Optical illusion or is that a chunk missing out of the unit closest to the camera? Nice paint job BTW!!

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2016, 10:34:42 AM »
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@crrcoal, no illusion; I carved that out to clear the new BLMA horn mounted on the cab roof.

I think I finally have all the silvering handled, so a matte coat is next, setting the stage for some weathering.

  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2016, 01:15:15 AM »
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Looking very swish Frank. I am looking forward to seeing them weathered.
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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2016, 07:50:17 PM »
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Interesting. Can't wait to the finished product!

@crrcoal, no illusion; I carved that out to clear the new BLMA horn mounted on the cab roof.

I think I finally have all the silvering handled, so a matte coat is next, setting the stage for some weathering.

  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #38 on: April 01, 2016, 05:15:10 PM »
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Long time no update  :oops:

I knocked down all the decal silvering and hit the body shells with matte varnish.  Weathering is in progress...

Most recently, I installed TCS decoders thusly, but wound up scuffing the paint on the truck frames  :facepalm:



  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2016, 08:06:44 PM »
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I squeezed in some modeling time this weekend!  Excel worked great for the numberboards, and I started the (heavy) weathering on the 302.  Judging by proto photos, there were some major radiator problems by the 70s.  This is all oil paint so far; I plan to follow-up with Mig pigments:



In contrast, I am leaving the 301 pretty much as-is, to represent a fresh repaint:



  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2016, 09:49:27 PM »
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Looking good Frank. The number boards do look nice.

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #41 on: May 18, 2016, 12:31:28 PM »
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Sharp units and great work.

Did you use gloss photo paper for your Excel number boards or just regular paper? Are you covering it with gloss?
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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #42 on: May 19, 2016, 02:27:25 PM »
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@wmcbride thanks for the post!  They are coming together slowly...

Short answer is I used "regular" paper on the office laser printer.  I cut them out and attached them with white glue, followed by a few coats of gloss varnish.

I'll get some better front-end pics soon.

  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #43 on: June 07, 2016, 10:26:09 PM »
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The 301 is first onto the layout; the trucks and fuel tank have a base dark grey coat, but they definitely need some more dust pigments:



And, wow, my iPhone sure can't capture up the red very well, ugh  :?

  Frank

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Re: Lehigh Valley GP9/18s
« Reply #44 on: June 08, 2016, 07:49:36 AM »
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That's some fine work there, those are awesome! 8)