And now, on to the main subject for the week. Here's a rundown of what my Dash 8 40-B 5068 went through.
The engine started out in Conrail blue, and I'd sort of weathered it and patched it for my JSSX quite a long while ago. At one time I tried to get ditch lights installed on it, but my installer couldn't get it apart to put them in, so that didn't work out. Too bad, because I really would have liked that.
Then I got the idea for re-painting and weathering it from a YouTube video that Brian Smith sent me, featuring CCET's (Cincinnati Eastern Terminal) 5895. The CCET locomotive is actually a B36-7, and a former TTI and Conrail engine. Not quite the same type as my Dash 8 40B, but somewhat similar, and certainly close enough for me.
I chose to keep my model's number as 5068, as it made things easier in that I could just leave the number boards as they were.
5068 in it's Conrail blue
Taken apart on the workbench, and the Conrail logo is removed. I took a shortcut though and didn't strip away the blue paint.
The basic re-paint is done, 2 colours of grey and the light yellow stripe on the sills.
Unfortunate that a bit of paint pulled away with the masking tape when I sprayed the dark grey patches. I fixed that later.
Engineer's side with the weathering well underway.
5068 in the doorway of the maintenance building. Notice the novel location of the JSSX reporting marks. I got that idea from the YouTube video I mentioned above.
Weathering's done, handrails are back on, this thing's looking like a winner. Something a little different are the yellow numbers on the cab.
5068 across the road from the scrap metal yard. Some may think the location seems a bit appropriate. See what I did with that spot on the side of the short hood where the tape had pulled the paint away?