SP Black Widow SD-40's

Carl Sowell Dec 1, 2021

  1. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    A month ago I started what I thought would be a short term paint project. Boy, did I have my head you know where. So to review and get on with the locos project.

    I posted this 1st as an opener
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    That produced this, and I am quite happy with it. Could it be better, sure but it is what it is
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    Now to get on with the SD-40's. My problem is one is an early non dcc ready and the other is dcc friendly. Oh well, bet I can over come that for decoder install. These are gloss coated and ready for decals
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    I am going to put the black widow decals on the nose and maybe on the rear end as well. I plan on using GP-40 speed lettering SP decal. I need to paint the red stripe and I discovered that I had drilled both shells for 15" drop grabs so that application will take some time.

    Be well,
    Carl
     
  2. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This should be a nice result! The Black Widow is a classic scheme.
     
  3. freddy_fo

    freddy_fo TrainBoard Member

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    One of the best done factory diesels IMHO was the atlas trainmaster done in the black widow.

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  4. JMaurer1

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    SP had some of the BEST diesel paint schemes...black widow, daylight, tiger stripes. Then came what I call primer grey (waiting for them to decide on the next great paint scheme). Too bad they painted Armour yellow over that primer grey...
     
  5. Doug Gosha

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    I have one I got t a train show. I couldn't resist the scheme.

    Doug
     
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  6. DCESharkman

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    Two of my favorite locomotives are a pair of SD70M's. One is painted in Black Widow and the other is painted in Daylight colors. I lost the disc I had the photos on or I would post them. Arg......
     
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  7. Carl Sowell

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    David,

    thanks for the reply. Yep, those are my favs as well. In my world the SP is alive and doing well ! ! Did you ever see the SP diesel lettered as "Suffer'n Pacific" ? MY understanding is that one of their own paint shops actually did it. Sacramento ? ?

    When I finish my 2 paint projects, I'll post an image with an SD-60M in Daylight and at least one of my SD-40's in black widow. I say at least one because I had already drilled bot Sd-40 to accept BLMA 15" drop grabs as well as hollow out all the fans nd have BLMA 48" fans to go in. A lot of detail work as yet.

    Be well & thanks for the SP boost,
    Carl
     
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  8. DCESharkman

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    I do not worry too much about the fans and the uber detailing. I am more interested in the running of long trains. If you can not see the details when they are running then I see no point in them. Shelf queens maybe, or if I was in detailing contest, which I would undoubtedly fail.
     
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    Got me thinking about mine.........
     
  10. DCESharkman

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    I would have to agree, I have several of these, every number released and then 6 more of the un-numbered with custom numbers. The Train Master is one of the best pullers and I just love them.
     
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  11. mtntrainman

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    Agreed !! The Trainmaster I received from David will pull the paint off the walls ! It is pulling THE Wifes excursion train at the moment...until I can get here E5 running again. It nevers slows down on inclines and never stalls ! (y)(y)
     
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  12. Carl Sowell

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    David,

    Thanks for posting your 2 heritage units, they are nice. Did you paint them ? You are certainly correct about the detailing that I am doing but if I don't add all the fans and grabs I would have holes all over the shell. I drilled out the fan housings and drilled with #80 all the grabs attachment holes 2-3 years ago. Never again !

    I am jealous of you guys with the Trainmasters. I never purchased any and next release will probably not be great pullers as I hear the older runs are. Oh well, snooze and loose.

    Be well,
    Carl
     
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  13. mtntrainman

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    Edit !!! EDIT!!!! :LOL::LOL::LOL::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
  14. DCESharkman

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    I wish I could say that I painted them Carl, but that is not my skillset, they were custom painted for me.

    I am in model railroad more from a design engineer standpoint, calculating the power needed and isolation into Power Districts, the programing of the decoder and the layout devices sort of thing and track planning and implementation. I am terrible with scenery. So I pretty much stick to what I can do and help others with.
     
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  15. Carl Sowell

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    George,

    I was checking to see how close you read these posts ! !
     
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  16. HemiAdda2d

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    Lol! Well-played. :D
     
  17. Carl Sowell

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    Some progress :

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  18. Doug Gosha

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    Beautiful!

    Doug
     
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  19. Carl Sowell

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    Finally !!!!

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    Be well,
     
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  20. Traindork

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    Very nice!
    If I had painting skills my railroad would be today's modern power all painted in SP scarlet and gray. A trio of SP ES44ACs hauling a domestic 53' stack train across the desert southwest.... Mmmmm!
     
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