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In the catalog photo above, the decals appear white but the B&O used Delux Gold lettering. The photo may be correct but the photography may have it appear white.

About year out from Champ Decal Company closing, I order three sets of all the decals I thought I may need or use. I was winding down my customer base brass painting and didn't want to be caught short. I did the same with Floquil and Scalecoat paints.

I did get decals for all the brass locos I had at the time. Since then, I've sold off a considerable amount of the brass but still have the decals. I gave a set of decals for the locos I sold.

More tomorrow.

I removed all the parts as shown below. I'll refer to this photo tomorrow for some added information on taking brass locos apart.

The loco has been stripped and cleaned in an Acetone bath and is now ready for painting. I'll get to the painting tomorrow.

Continued -

Rolling Stock / B&O RR 2-8-0 painting - B&O Guy will like this one.
« on: March 29, 2020, 05:55:02 PM »
Off on my second brass painting adventure. This one is an B&O RR. E-27 class consolidation. This model was made by Atlas and imported by PFM in 1975. PFM imported a total of 2601 of these between 1967 and 1975. The 1967 model sold new for $55.00 and the 1975 model sold for $180.00. This model, the 1975 version has plastic brake shoes.

Our resident B&O Guy, Chip Stevens, will probably watch this one. 

I have already taken it apart and forgot to take a loco photo. Here is the 1969 version from the 13th Edition of the PFM catalog.

Two years ago I installed DCC WOW sound and have removed the decoder. Many years ago I also installed a new 20 X 32mm Sagami can motor. I've never had a problem with the PFM gear boxes so I left this one as is.

More in a few.

Kit Building / Re: SW Woodcutters Shack
« on: March 29, 2020, 05:01:51 PM »

Excellent job, very well done and looks great.

Tom ;D

Kit Building / Re: Bar Mills Jerry's Tractor & Small Engine Repair.
« on: March 29, 2020, 04:29:05 PM »

This is another beautiful build my friend. Be safe up in PA.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 04:27:43 PM »
I spent about 6 hours today decaling the Pennsy K4. I was going to show a step by step but it got to involved with the decals.

I'll have more on this along with some photos tomorrow afternoon.

I will share this one little trick though.

When applying decals to the headlight number boards, I cut a small slice into the foam and insert the smoke box front into the foam.

This holds it in place and makes it easier to add the very small numbers. Thank goodness the 5401 was one decal. I've had to cut four separate numbers in the past. Ever notice some brass locos don't show the number boards numbered?

Even with the Opti-Visor my old eyes are getting to old for this kind of decaling.

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 03:59:59 PM »
There was definitely a change in the solvent chemistry.  I still have part of a can of old Floquil Dio-Sol.  It smells different than the newer stuff.  And I think the old promise by Floquil their paints were impervious to solvents was removed with that chemistry change.



I'm sure Government regulations had a great deal to do with the changes. I finally used all my old Dio-Sol and have Greg making it, see above post.

I had one loco I repainted years ago for a customer and the dang paint wasn't even touched by Acetone. I had to use the gooey Paint Stripper and it took three tries to remove the old paint.  Not sure what it was but it looked like it was brushed on.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 03:56:04 PM »
Beautiful looking locomotive Tom. I've just completed a couple of locomotives using the new Scalecoat I and I've found that I need to dilute it little more than the old formula. With that, I insert an old broom handle through the boiler front and secure the handle through the lead weight holes using the weight's original screws. This allows me to "roll" the boiler as I spray due to the paint being slightly thinner than in the past. As a side note-I ran out of the Scalecoat thinner half way through the last job so I grabbed a can of
cheapo Walmart lacquer thinner for the final coats...the final results look like a hand rubbed lacquer job from the sixties -almost hate to weather it. Take care - be safe


I have some of the Scalecoat I and have used it with excellent results. I thinned mine as well. I never thought of the broom handle but it is a great idea. I have an old pair of Dental pliers that have worked very well for me since I started painting over 40 years ago. If I loose it, I'll use the broom handle method.

Greg has been supplying me with the Floquil thinner for the past few years. I forget the formula but I think it is a 50/50 mix of Zylene and Toluene (sp). I've also thinned some of my thick Floquil paints with full strength Zylene, worked just fine.

Oh, thank you for the compliment on the loco.

Be safe out there.

Tom ;D

Layout Tours / Re: illinois Central Chicago District - Monee Rebuild
« on: March 29, 2020, 03:22:50 PM »

The Harrison building does look much better raised the little you have it. My vote for the higher elevation.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 11:57:22 AM »
Tom  thank you  for the answer, I should be good then as it's been painted for a couple of weeks.Just So you know I do follow your layout build daily, keep up the good work, It looks fantastic!


You are very welcome. I love this place as we can share ideas and help each other.

Thank you as well for following the layout thread and the kind compliment. I'm itching to get back to the layout but want to finish all the brass painting.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 11:44:04 AM »
Talking to Shawn, a lot has changed in paint chemistry, with some solvents being unavailable/outlawed.  Same thing happened to Floquil, the formula changed over the years as solvents became unavailable.



Yea, I remember when Floquil changed. With the change came a very slight, although noticeable, difference in some of the colors. I have some bottles where you can see three different colors in the same color paint.

I guess the EPA calls this progress.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 10:11:20 AM »

Again, nice step by step, baking temperatures and times. I have used the new Scalecoat from MSM and I agree the formula has changed, but with a bit of Xylene in the mix it comes out hard after baking. Are you lettering the K4 for the A&S?


Thank you. I'll have to remember the Xylene tip for possible use with the new MSM paints. I believe I still have enough of the old, still good to use, old  paints.

I'm going to decal the K-4 for the PRR with the gold stripping.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 29, 2020, 10:07:11 AM »

Great question.

Paint can be air dried. Even brass can be air dried. I've used aluminum mail boxes, sun, and room temp to dry paints.

With a metal boiler and plastic cab your best bet is let the paint air dry and cure. Dry to me means dry to the touch and cured means you let it dry for several days until the paint is cured (dried) all the way.

Hope this helps.

Tom ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, 3/29/20
« on: March 29, 2020, 07:45:48 AM »
Morning Jeff, Dan and others,

Nothing of note here. Ya'll have a safe and healthy day.

Tom ;D

Rolling Stock / Re: Pennsylvania K4 Repaint
« on: March 28, 2020, 06:48:22 PM »
Just prior to painting the tender, I noticed the brace was not soldered properly. Actually the solder joint was weak and not very good. I ran out of Tix solder and had to wait for a new shipment from Micro Mark.

Yesterday the package arrived and the tender brace was resoldered, cleaned again, baked dry and painted.

Both the tender and boiler are now painted with Scalecoat Gloss and ready for decaling tomorrow. They are in the oven in the cool down stage at this posting.

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