It's been a while since I last posted anything here. As time and spirit permits, I've been catching up on finishing several projects begun years ago, put away and forgotten.
One of those projects is nearing completion at last. It's an American Lightweight fluted side 14 roomette / 4 double bedroom sleeper being finished as Frisco's Cimarron River. It was bought on the cheap almost 20 years ago as a partially built car. It needed work to correct some errors in assembly.
At last, I reached the point of paint and lettering. Since no O scale Frisco light weight passenger decals could be found, I made my own. In all, the car did not look too bad at that point, or even after tediously hand painting all the stainless steel window gasket trims.
Disaster struck while putting in the glazing. Each window's glass is installed separately with the car's interior walls finished with recesses to accept them. One side came out OK, but some glue got on the aluminum paint finish of the vestibule doors and fluting in a few places. No problem with any that accidentally got on the red paint. It came off easily and left no trace.
Not so on the air-brushed Floquil Bright Silver areas. Silver is a color that defies any sort of touchup. Below are photos of each side of my Frisco Cimarron River, along with a prototype photo of a sister car.
Left side (vestibule is to the rear) a blotchy touch-up stain under the middle passageway window. A few other marks along the eaves line.
Right side, the is a blemish in the silver under the vestibule door window. Again a few other places on the sides and at the eaves.
A prototype in 1964 - my model represents the mid-1950' s when a car like that was a through sleeper from Oklahoma City to New York City. Both PRR and B&O carried these via St. Louis.
For a 1950's look which was cleaner than the 1960's, should I bite the bullet, mask off the silver areas, remove the lettering, then re-paint and re-letter it?
OR, live with it and add some weathering - especially on the roof.
At that, more work is needed on end details, the interior, LED lighting and a few passengers