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Modeling an LV scale test car


.010″×.030″ brass bar were cut and bent to secure the assembly to the frame using cyanoacrylate after the car was painted and the wheels in- stalled.


Painting


The primary reason I had hesitated to try to build this car in the past was the intricate rivet patterns found on the prototype weight box. The recent introduction of three-dimensional rivet decals provided the perfect solution for the model. Archer Surface Details (www.archertransfers.com) produces an expanding series of resin rivet pat- terns that are printed onto Microscale clear decal film. (Please see my review in the February, 2010, RMC.) The two I used on the car were Archer No. 25 ½″ rivets (to form the single rows) and No. 31 Offset Tank Car Double Row Rivets (for the double rows).


The rivets are applied like regular decals over a coat of paint. Before painting the car, the wheels, coupler box, and all hand rails and posts were removed. The handrail posts and hand- holds were inserted in blue foam and sprayed with Reefer Yellow. Some Scalecoat II Reefer White was used to lighten Scalecoat II Loco Black and ap- plied to the entire car as a base for the Archer rivet decals. Another coat was applied over the rivet decals. After installing the handrail posts


After the Archer rivet detail and couplers were added, the body was sprayed with Caboose Red, and a wash of Grimy Black highlighted the model. Custom decals made by Bob Anson were used for the lettering. The coupler lift bars were also sprayed with Caboose Red.


and handholds, it was time to apply de- cals. My friend Bud Rindfleisch had al- ready made arrangements to have Bob Anson (12058 Hills Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32225; e2picasso@yahoo.com) make custom-made decals for car No. 96672 in S scale. I contacted Bob and had de- cals made for No. 96670 in HO scale.


The coupler and lift bar were


sprayed Caboose Red. They were prob- ably painted red from the 1950’s on to reinforce the special handling re- quired. Dullcote was used to over- spray the decals. A Grimy Black wash was then sprayed to tone down the paint and lettering. A mixture of


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