The Little Rock Line

Allen H Dec 31, 2011

  1. sams

    sams TrainBoard Member

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    Dude Crazy weathering sklills! They literally look sick ... no pun intended haha Killer. Cant stop looking. (y)(y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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  2. Allen H

    Allen H TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the Mad Props Sam!
    Haven't heard the word SICK used for a long time. There were a couple members on the Rustbucket weathering forum who used that term all the time!
    :LOL::LOL::LOL:
    I'll take that a high compliment! (y)
     
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  3. Allen H

    Allen H TrainBoard Supporter

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    I got the first of the GP35's finished last night.
    I pretty much followed the same process for this one as I did for the U33B's.
    TCP paint, Micro Scale decals and Tamiya black panel liner.
    I also added all four marker lights since I now have plenty of them on hand. [​IMG]
    I'll probably go back and add them to the rear of the U33B's as well.
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    Here's a side by side of the original on the left and the new on the right.
    The old one was painted with Floquil Rock Island Maroon which is a bit lighter. The TCP is a much richer Maroon and closer to the factory color.
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    After as much research that I've done recently with the U33B's and these GP35's, along with all the new available photos that I've found online, the one thing I've come to realize about most of the Rock Island locomotives that were photographed in the final years of operations is that most weren't Rust Buckets. They were more grimey than rusty. This is also why the newer GP35 is a little darker this time around.

    Several of the GP35's that I have planned will not be as dark or grimey but will hopefully look a lot more sun bleached and faded. The weathering was quite diverse in the final years of the Rock. This is mostly what has drawn me to model this road.

    I've got one more solid Maroon unit that is ready for the weathering step, but I still need to mask and paint the yellow ends on the others. Masking the yellow on these GP35's are a little complicated than it was on the U33B's.
     
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  4. badlandnp

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    Looks like a bit of standard EMD oil splashing inside the longhood! Very nicely done!
     
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  5. VinceP

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    They look great Allen
     
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  6. Allen H

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    I noticed on a few pics that some of the 35's had some oil leaking out of the doors.
    I tried hard to restrain myself from making them into oil gushers again. :whistle:
     
  7. BoxcabE50

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    Ha ha ha. Nothing could out-gush the older GE units!
     
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  8. HemiAdda2d

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    Nicely done! The conservative weathering looks great!
     
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  9. Allen H

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    The 2nd of 7 to join the fleet.
    I pretty much followed the same method that I did for the first Gp35, so I won't bore you with any details.

    One bit of interest, I was not aware that any of the GP35's ever wore this "Plain Jane" Maroon Dip scheme.
    I knew that a lot of the Rock Island U25B's did.


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    Here's the solid Maroon pair together.

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    And a quick video


     
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  10. TonyHammes

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    Locomotives look great. Love having a few grimy ones on the layout. And yes, I remember how bad the Rock Island equipment looked in the late 70s. Wish I would have had pictures from then.
     
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  11. BigJake

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    Beautiful work!

    Did they normally consist nose to tail, or back to back?
     
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  12. Allen H

    Allen H TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Tony!
    I wish I had had a camera as well. Whoda thought they would have ever shut down?
     
  13. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    I think we all have that wish. I even managed to get a few pictures way back, of the wood roundhouse and some SD7's and whatever else on the CNW. All lost. A real camera, not the old 126 roller, would have been nice Ah well.
     
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