Thursday, June 6, 2019

Norfolk Southern BethGons

Wow I can't believe how long it's been since I posted anything on this blog! What with my work schedule, kids, now grand kids, house, wife, etc, I haven't had much hobby time over the past 9 months. Now that summer is finally here (it snowed two weeks ago) I can finally get back to the workbench.

I've always been a fan of the Southern/Norfolk Southern since it ran close to my home near Erlanger, KY. These five Athearn Bethlehem coalporters were originally painted for the Union Pacific. I thought I might "redeem" them with some 91% alchohol, a few q-tips, and some Tamiya spray paint. Microscale recommends using Model Master Light Ghost Gray for the paint color but since I didn't feel like cleaning the airbrush again I thought I'd give the Tamiya spray paints a try. The Tamiya spray paints work great, they're not too thick and they lay down very well. Nothing was close to the Model Master color in the regular line of spray paints, however their primer color is a close enough match so that's what I went with. Once dry I go over it with Testors Glosscote and then it's ready for decals. Maybe I'll build a small coal branch in HO to scratch this itch...