SW1200RS Project Revisited: Cab-end Details

I shot hundreds of photos during the year-long build of my two CP SW1200RS models in HO. I’ve gone through some photos and arranged them to show the progress of the cab-end of the locomotives, from resin to rolling.

These are the first photos of the rear of the locomotives. It shows the models still in bare resin. The pilots and GMD cowcatcher are attached, as are the side handrails, bottom step etchings, and lift hooks on the sides of the hoods.

Neat photo of the etchings that form the footboards and pockets for the M.U. hoses.

Slightly out of focus, this photo shows the footboard/M.U. cable pockets added. Both models have been sprayed with primer at this point.

Both models shot with CP Action Red. The cab roof is temporarily in place. The roof would end up being the last part to be attached.

Both models with a fresh coat of black on the rear of the cab and from the walkways down.

Stripes applied to the rear of both cabs.

Both models with the rear headlight details and all of the decals applied.

Handrails and grab irons around the rear door applied. The cab interior and roof are temporarily in place for this shot.


All of the handrails on these models were bent by hand.

More handrails, drop step, M.U. hoses, coupler lift bar, and train line details added.

Rear handrails and two stanchions applied.

All rear pilot details applied and painted.


Both models with all end details applied and painted.

Window frames and glazing added to the cab.

All-weather cab window on engineer’s side added and painted.

Roof details added: antennae and air horns.

Finished. I don’t keep trip pins on couplers for equipment that runs on my home layout, where I shot this image. These models run on the WRMRC layout so, for now at least, the pins stay.

Both models, in service on the WRMRC.

Air Horns and Doubleheaders

The WRMRC club layout is open to the public this Saturday as part of the Doubleheaders layout tour.  I installed air horns on my SW1200RS units so that they will have all of the necessary safety appliances in place for the show.  Here’s a lame iPhone picture of both of units adorned with very nice Cal-Scale parts.

IMG_2932If you’re in the greater Waterloo area this weekend, you should consider going on the Doubleheaders tour.  There are typically more that 40 layouts, and a wide range of modelling scales, subjects, and styles can be taken in.  Say hello if you stop in at the WRMRC layout.

Com-Art Colors

I bought a set of weathering colors by Com-Art the Springfield show. I’ve never seen this brand of paint before. The vendor had an airbrush set up, so I tried them out.  I liked the way these paints sprayed and saw some potential.

After working on some detail parts and finishing touches for my SW1200RS project this evening, I shot a bit of “Transparent Smoke” to simulate some exhaust grime on the roof of 8159.

The verdict: I like these paints for weathering. I was able to achieve some very fine effects. This is nowhere near finished, but here’s what some subtle roof grime looks like.


SW1200RS Project: More Windows

In my previous post, I described the process of installing window glazing in the cab of 8152.  I stated that I thought I preferred a Testor’s product for gluing the clear plastic in place.  Today, I’m changing my tune.  I like the Microscale product better (Micro Crystal Clear) only because it’s far easier to dispense from the container. My skills related to installing window glazing are only slightly better today than they were yesterday.  I finished all of the glazing in 8159 this evening, and I’m moving on to some fuel tank details next.