The PFE Class R-30-16 project, a kit modification described in a prior post (http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2011/08/small-modeling-project-pfe-r-30-16.html) and based on the Terry Wegmann parts and directions to convert the car from a Red Caboose Class R-30-9 car, has been completed. It seemed appropriate to show the result.
In the previous post, the construction steps were described, and a photo was provided of the car, freshly decaled but without all detail parts in place and with some detail painting remaining to be done. After completion of those minor additions, and careful checking of the decals to make sure all “bridging” of grooves between “boards” of the side sheathing had been eliminated, a coat of Testor’s Dullcote was sprayed on to protect the decals and also apply a uniform flat coating which would accept the acrylic wash weathering. This is a water-base system, and such washes must “wet” all parts of the model surfaces equally, and any glossy areas will fail that test: water will “bead up” on them, rather than making a uniform wetted surface. The result would be patchy weathering, an undesirable outcome, to say the least.
I won’t go into the weathering sequence here, except to say that I use the same mix of acrylic paint colors as I described for flat car decks (see: http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2011/05/weathering-flat-car-decks.html), which are Neutral Gray, Ivory Black, and Burnt Umber. I weather the roof first, leaving the sides dry and thus available for me to hold the model while working on the roof, then when the roof is dry, usually the next day, I weather the sides. By this time, I can hold the model by the dry roof and bottom edges of the sides, and keep fingers out of the weathering application. Since the paint scheme I’ve modeled is from the late 1940s, I did not weather too heavily. In those days, PFE was still washing its cars at two- to three-year intervals, so cars in many cases were not as dirty as the age of the paint might suggest.
Here is the car in service, being spotted at the ice deck in Shumala by the Baldwin roadswitcher on today’s Guadalupe local.
You can see the slight dirtiness around the door of the PFE car, but the brightness of the lights used for this photo have made the car overall look somewhat cleaner than it does under normal layout lighting.
With this car complete, I now just need to get cracking and do at least two more models to make a credible representation of Class R-40-16 in my reefer fleet!