LNE Custom Caboose

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by TomPM, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Here is my latest custom car. It is a LNE caboose.

    The caboose started as a Mantua Radio Dispatched Caboose. I stripped the lettering off it and painted it red using Polly Scale paints. The paint gave me nothing but troubles. It didn’t cover correctly, the airbrush clogged. Finally after about four tries I got the paint to look good. I then began to decal it as a Western Maryland caboose. Well that turned into a disaster. If it had not been for some reassuring from a few folks I would have given up on custom cars.

    Well I then stripped the Polly Scale off with brake fluid. The first time I used brake fluid. I then repainted it and used some leftover decals for a LNE boxcar. The car still looks a little shinny right now. I still need to weather it and hit it with some Dullcoat.

    For those who interested here is the list of materials:
    Mantua Heavy 36’ Caboose Radio Dispatched (726-174)
    Kadee # 38 couplers
    P2K Flat Back Metal Wheels
    Undercoat: Folk Art Dove Gray (708) thinned 1:1 with blue windshield washer fluid
    Sealer: Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer-Matte (CS200306)
    Final Colors: Apple Barrel Kings Gold (20760) thinned 2:1 with blue windshield washer fluid
    Apple Barrel Red Apple (20784) thinned 2:1 with blue windshield washer fluid
    Sealer: Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer-Gloss (CS200304)
    Decals: Walthers Box Car Lehigh & New England WHT 67-15
    Sealer: Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer-Matte (CS200306)
    P2K Flat Back Metal Wheels
    Paint: Americana Burnt Sienna mixed with Folk Art Bright Peach (682) 1:3
    Sealer: Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer-Matte (CS200306)
    Paint: Folk Art Dark Gray (426)
    Drybrush: Americana Burnt Sienna

    Attached Files:

  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hello Tom
    Very nice job you made of that Caboose, I use brake fluid to get paint off plastic loco's, but sometimes it takes weeks to get it all off.
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Looks fatastic, Tom!

    Exactly why I've been doin' backwoods modlin'; when it looks bad, it looks good, so even I can do it :D :D :D
  4. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Tom That is a good looking caboose and a job will done.
  5. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Blue windshield washer?
    Hmm... Ain't heard 'a that.
    It looks like it does right well.
    Any particular brand you found works best?
  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    NICE WORK TOM, are you up for some more??;) :D
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Blue Windy washer flooid

    We tolled the guys in Oztraylya, the blue washer flooid is good to -40 degrees Centimetre; the green stuff is good to -45 degrees.
    The pink stuff freezes in a strong wind.
    South of Kentucky it's sold as "whisky". :D
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    I'd rather prefer REAL Whisky! :D :D :D

    But then again you can't paint a caboose with it. :p

    Tom - now in earnest: Does this washer fluid contain some alcohol? And did you notice a difference in spray paintig compared with water-diluted paint? E.g., does it dry faster?

  9. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Thanks everybody for the comments.


    When I tried distilled water I did not like the results. The paint seemed to not adhere as well and I got a fair number of runs. Also things kind of looked chalky. I don’t use tap water. Our local tap water is very hard and does not mix well. Heck it is so bad that I have to treat the “clean drinkable” water before I add to the fish aquarium otherwise it will kill the fish.:eek: :confused:

    As far as the blue windshield washer fluid having alcohol in it, I read somewhere else that it does. Now I will have to check the bottle to be sure. To me paint thinned with it does dry faster and cover better. The use of the blue windshield washer fluid was suggested to be by several forum members when I was struggling with airbrushing. I would have never thought of it on my own.
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I've found that if you try to use isopropel (rubbing) alcohol to thin water based paints, many will "shock." Denatured Alcohol is the best thinning agent for water based paints. You can buy it by the gallon at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. in the paint dept.
  11. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    It turned out well in the end though Tom, it looks real good.
    You learned a lot with that project :) :D .
    And I've just learned from your mistakes :) thanks for posting it all.

  12. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Thanks for all the compliments.

    Here is the finished weathered product.

    Drybrushing: Folk Art Dark Gray 426
    Wash: Folk Art Dark Gray 426 thinned with blue windshield washer fluid 1:5
    Sealer: Testors Dullcoat

    Attached Files:

  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Very nice Tom!
  14. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Cooool well done.;) ;)

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