Curto contacted me about a walk through on how to paint a TBX locomotive. I figured I'll share with everyone! First off, I'm going to play a little fast and loose with this shell. namely, this is a Bachmann trainset shell, with a bum rear step (red that, it's gone) and the cab windows decided they were just fine where they were, so I Liquid masked them. (Liquid mask is a brush-on goop sold by Micro scale and others). In all actuality, the stuff on those windows is Elmer's Glue. I don't recommend it, but it's what was on hand. Worst comes to worst, I can learn how to make a B unit. Also, normally I encourage stripping paint down, but for this one, I'm going to skip that step. Plus, if you look at a lot of engines, you can make out phantoms of their old paint schemes, and I like that effect. Since TBX is likely buying locos secondhand, I would be more surprised to NOT see an Uncle Pete (or whomever) peaking out from under the paint. If you're curious about stripping a model of its factory paint, toss it in a Rubbermaid tub with a bath of 91% Isotropy alcohol and check on it every day. Scrub with a toothbrush, and the paint should come off. BE SURE TO WASH IT WITH DISH SOAP AND WATER PRIOR TO PAINTING if you do strip it!!! Here's the candidate: First things first, remove the handrails from your model, as well as windows and headlight piping. I do'nt worry too much about minor details, if they are already on. If they are on a sprue, and will be a different color than the body, paint them on a spruce. Also, nows a good time to remove trucks. I'm also not doing that because these trucks are already Aluminum. Finally, I shove piece of paper towel, preferably two sheets still attached, into the model. This way, I can shove my hand into the shell, and the paper towel protects it. Confession time, I'm batting without the ball field, there's no paint booth, so I am using my hand as a model holder. DON'T Try this at home.) We're now ready to primer the shell. I used a Krylon for Plastics paint. It says it is dry in 10 minutes. We're going to hold off for a bit longer than that. How's tomorrow sound?