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Date: 06/29/20 11:22
Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: sp8192

Sometimes...projects just take 10 yrs to complete.  Example, 2 Athearn SW1500's that I started 10 yrs ago are now complete.  Since Athearn never did this paint scheme (for some dumb reason) and I always wanted a couple of these switchers.  Details added, painted with TruColor and SC2 paint, and decals are Microscale.  Now they are ready to push and pull cars around a 1995 Era KCS Knoche yard.   Coolers custom made by me from styrene.








Date: 06/29/20 11:25
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: tehachapifan

Sweet!



Date: 06/29/20 11:36
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: rnb3

Good job, they look nice!

Rick Bacon
Windsor, CO



Date: 06/29/20 11:53
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: icancmp193

Very nice! As you might expect, Atlas recently made 3D coolers that look just like your scratchbuilt ones!

TJY



Date: 06/29/20 11:55
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: Jimmies

Really nice.

Jim



Date: 06/29/20 11:56
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: SPJoe

Nice job!
Joe



Date: 06/29/20 12:09
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: PasadenaSub

Great work!

Rich



Date: 06/29/20 14:00
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: ghemr

 Top notch locomotives!



Date: 06/29/20 16:10
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: ChrisCampi

Incredible job. Athearn couldn't touch that. Did you wrap the handrails with tape? That's above and beyond.



Date: 06/29/20 17:23
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: atsf121

Wow!

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Date: 06/29/20 17:46
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: drdiesel

Handrails look great!

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Date: 06/29/20 20:38
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: ATSF90East

These motors look like they just came over from the paint shop at Mid-America Car!



Date: 06/29/20 21:07
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: tehachapifan

ATSF90East Wrote:
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> These motors look like they just came over from
> the paint shop at Mid-America Car!

Agreed! My first reply was far too brief. This is some of the best custom painting and decal workmanship I've ever seen. Seriously, these things are absolutely beautiful! 



Date: 06/30/20 04:09
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: dh1205

They look great!



Date: 06/30/20 04:39
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: brfriedm

Amazing work. I have a question on how you shoot Tru color paint. I have been using it with limited success.   Do you thin it and if so how much?  What PSI do u shoot it at?

I am not getting that fine mist I seek. I shoot around 26 PSI and have been thinning it with Tru Color thinner about 10%. I use an external mix Paache air brush and my humidity levels are maintained to around 45 in my shop.  Thanks Bruce



Date: 06/30/20 04:57
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: algoma11

Very nice work !

Mike Bannon
St Catharines, ON



Date: 06/30/20 06:30
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: sp8192

Thanks Bruce.   I shot these with two coats of KCS Tru Color paint.   Not sure on the ratio mix, but I threw in some acetone (at least 1/3 thinner to 2/3 paint) to thin it up due to the high humidity here in KC (I shoot my models outside because I don't have a fanned airbrush booth yet).    My airbrush is set around 29PSI I believe.   I should probably buy some actual Tru Color thinner, but acetone works pretty well.   I am still learning to use Tru Color as I typically use Scalecoat 2, but I wanted to see how close this KCS Gray was and Scalecoat 2 doesn't sell it.

brfriedm Wrote:
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> Amazing work. I have a question on how you shoot
> Tru color paint. I have been using it with limited
> success.   Do you thin it and if so how much? 
> What PSI do u shoot it at?
>
> I am not getting that fine mist I seek. I shoot
> around 26 PSI and have been thinning it with Tru
> Color thinner about 10%. I use an external mix
> Paache air brush and my humidity levels are
> maintained to around 45 in my shop.  Thanks Bruce



Date: 06/30/20 06:32
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: sp8192

Thanks!  The handrail tape is actually Microscale MC 4364 decal.   Much easier than painting!  They are a little tricky, but I have figured out how to do them...with a little microsol.

ChrisCampi Wrote:
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> Incredible job. Athearn couldn't touch that. Did
> you wrap the handrails with tape? That's above and
> beyond.



Date: 06/30/20 12:46
Re: Custom KCS SW1500's
Author: brfriedm

Your work is exceptional.  Thanks for the tips. I think my issue is I am not thinning it enough. I am going to try the 1/3 rule.  Bruce

sp8192 Wrote:
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> Thanks Bruce.   I shot these with two coats of
> KCS Tru Color paint.   Not sure on the ratio
> mix, but I threw in some acetone (at least 1/3
> thinner to 2/3 paint) to thin it up due to the
> high humidity here in KC (I shoot my models
> outside because I don't have a fanned airbrush
> booth yet).    My airbrush is set around 29PSI I
> believe.   I should probably buy some actual Tru
> Color thinner, but acetone works pretty well. 
>  I am still learning to use Tru Color as I
> typically use Scalecoat 2, but I wanted to see how
> close this KCS Gray was and Scalecoat 2 doesn't
> sell it.
>
> brfriedm Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Amazing work. I have a question on how you
> shoot
> > Tru color paint. I have been using it with
> limited
> > success.   Do you thin it and if so how
> much? 
> > What PSI do u shoot it at?
> >
> > I am not getting that fine mist I seek. I shoot
> > around 26 PSI and have been thinning it with
> Tru
> > Color thinner about 10%. I use an external mix
> > Paache air brush and my humidity levels are
> > maintained to around 45 in my shop.  Thanks
> Bruce



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