I picked up a Bowser N8 caboose, factory painted in Penn Central some time ago. It’s a nice model, but the paint left a bit to be desired. Bowser decided to apply the scheme with the white stripe running the length of the car, and as far as my limited research revealed, this was something of a rarity. The clincher, though, was that after careful examination, I wasn’t happy with the lettering font.
I considered my options, and eventually resigned myself to the inevitable. I stripped the paint off the model and applied a new coat of Polly Scale Penn Central Green. While I was at it, I masked off the cupola to paint the sides green, as per photos of the prototype. A Microscale Penn Central caboose decal set provided the necessary elements. Here’s my progress so far:
I need an end-photo of one of these cabins to determine if there was any lettering hiding in the grime. I’ll probably get this one together pretty soon, though I’ll likely hold off from gluing the roof on until I get my friend Steve to help me hook up some red marker lights.