When it comes to painting, I know all of the hobby magazines say that you should wash your model with soap and water first to remove hand oils and other stuff. It is good advice, and I normally do that. Here, though, I was afraid that subjecting the car to water (much less scrubbing with soap and a brush) would remove all the rivet decals I had painstakingly applied. So, after applying all of the rivets I lightly sprayed them with Glosscote. I wasn't sure how this would affect the final painting process, if at all. Thankfully, it didn't seem to have a major impact on the final result.
|Using a machinist's square as a weight until the glue sets|
Then, I decaled the car with a set from Highball Graphics (set #F-191). The decals went on really easily, though because of the large surface area I was dealing with I tried to trim them as close as possible to remove any excess film. And I gotta say, just seeing the "B&M" insignia and the word "Milk" go on the car gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Naturally, it wouldn't be one of my projects if something didn't go wrong: in this case, the first B&M insignia tore on me while trying to slide it into position. Also, to form the numbers 1920 I had to use a "192" and add a "0" at the end. The car ends with their tiny words were decaled based on the drawings. Then, everything was sealed with Dullcote.
|Another George Dutka photo... thanks again George!|
That makes four of the eight cars done. I don't know if all four will earn the necessary 87.5 points for judging but there isn't much else I could have done to these cars to claim "scratchbuilt." I certainly couldn't have built them much better... I know my own limitations. That being said, if the NMRA convention is still held in Boston in October I will be bringing my models for judging. Of the other four models, some or all will be scratchbuilt too so out of all of them hopefully at least 4 will qualify.
Finally, I would like to again thank George Dutka for the use of some of his pictures on my blog, and many more of his pictures just as reference photos.