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craigolio1

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Re: ONR Polar Bear Express (was just the canoe car - now the whole train)
« Reply #45 on: December 24, 2021, 11:05:07 AM »
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So the model was stripped with oven cleaner. (First time using that by the way and it was awesome!) I then primed and remanded, then shot the yellow with Floquil Reefer Yellow, which laid down beautifully.





Next I masked for the light blue. I also experimented with it using various accurately measured ratios of thinning. I normally thin by feel but decided this paint needed more precision. I settled on a 3:20 ratio.



Along the way some touch ups were required. I wound up remasking and shooting a couple of the blue edges to clean them up. Then on to the dark blue.

Again some touch ups were required due to a couple of lifts in the mask that I didn’t see. Additionally, I guess had a bit of a blockage that let go just as I was shooting the hood as it came out really quick and resulted in a heavier application than I would like. But I opted to leave it as it would have required repainting everything and I was fortunate in that this area of the nose had no detail to worry about covering.



Next I had to mask and paint the light blue around the head light. This required a very thin piece of tape to make the curves, and then a build up of more layers of tape around that.





The last colour to shoot was black for the sides by the fuel tank, steps and grills.





For the grills, I used a straight edge and a knife to remove the paint form the horizontal and vertical separations.

Finally all of the additional grabs and parts were added, I ***** a coat of clear gloss, and it was ready for decals.

For decals I used a set from Microscale which conveniently had all of the polar bear express markings.


After decals I noticed that this loco has a strobe light which I new had to be added as I love lights and don’t have a loco with a strobe yet. I found an orange marker light in an old 1/25 semi kit. It was perfect, and nice and wide at the base so I can put an LED under it.





Under the light I glued a bit of styrene tube to house the LED and then surrounded that with a fillet of liquid electrical tape so that the LED won’t be like a flashing sun inside the cab.









The final addition was to add a silver decal around the base of the casting.

And that’s where it is now. Ready for clear coat, then lighting and assembly.







Thanks for reading.

Craig.




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Angus Shops

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Re: ONR Polar Bear Express (was just the canoe car - now the whole train)
« Reply #46 on: December 27, 2021, 12:01:05 PM »
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Ooh, what a saga! I’ve had problems with Rapido paints too; in my case the CP grey covers well put is too thick out of the bottle, and the CP ‘Tuscan’ is thick but the colour is translucent and doesn’t cover well. How do you thin a colour thats already translucent? To bad, because the colours themselves look right, but it seems that every bottle has different in terms of thinning requirements and opacity. I’ve pretty much given up on them except for their BCR yellow for brushing on handrails and etc.

I’ve got to say that paint scheme is not one of my favourites; to fussy. They should have skipped the light blue and gone with the dark blue in its place.

Looks good, and big extra marks for perseverance.

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Re: ONR Polar Bear Express (was just the canoe car - now the whole train)
« Reply #47 on: December 27, 2021, 06:35:00 PM »
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Ooh, what a saga! I’ve had problems with Rapido paints too; in my case the CP grey covers well put is too thick out of the bottle, and the CP ‘Tuscan’ is thick but the colour is translucent and doesn’t cover well. How do you thin a colour thats already translucent? To bad, because the colours themselves look right, but it seems that every bottle has different in terms of thinning requirements and opacity. I’ve pretty much given up on them except for their BCR yellow for brushing on handrails and etc.

I’ve got to say that paint scheme is not one of my favourites; to fussy. They should have skipped the light blue and gone with the dark blue in its place.

Looks good, and big extra marks for perseverance.

Thank you! I won’t be using Rapido paints again for the same reasons you listed. I experienced all the same.

This paint job IS ugly. The whole train is UGLY. That’s the reason I like it. Haha.

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Re: ONR Polar Bear Express (was just the canoe car - now the whole train)
« Reply #48 on: December 28, 2021, 01:34:53 AM »
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I assume it’s the same paint that they use in their factory. What kind of magic do they use?

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Re: ONR Polar Bear Express (was just the canoe car - now the whole train)
« Reply #49 on: December 28, 2021, 02:21:46 AM »
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I assume it’s the same paint that they use in their factory. What kind of magic do they use?

I have my doubts that it is the exact paint they use for production in China.

Weren't Rapido paints originally made by Floquil or Polly-S?  Water-based acrylics?  Or am I thinking of another paint?
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Re: ONR Polar Bear Express (was just the canoe car - now the whole train)
« Reply #50 on: December 28, 2021, 10:29:58 PM »
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I have my doubts that it is the exact paint they use for production in China.

Weren't Rapido paints originally made by Floquil or Polly-S?  Water-based acrylics?  Or am I thinking of another paint?

I’m not sure who actually makes them but I can say for sure , @Angus Shops , that they are NOT the same as in the models as the passenger car roofs that I painted the blue do not match the factory painted Rapido ONR passenger cars. Close enough that with weathering it can be believable. But definitely not the same. Although I’m hearing from others that the Rapido blues specifically are not a correct match for the ONR dark blue. I would be inclined to agree but it’s hard to say with weathering , fading, and lighting, display, etc etc in  prototype photos.