When Colin asked me in a recent post whether I had finished this project, I realized I hadn’t written an update. For some background on this project, check out this post from March. This was a fairly straightforward upgrade of an older but still very nice kit. I used Kadee trucks, some wire details underneath, paint and Microscale decals, and just a quick once-over with the Pan Pastels to get a start on the weathering. It needs some more attention to the weathering and a few more detail parts, but for now, I’d be happy to run Penn Central N8 cabin 23298 in its current state. For those of you less inclined to build and paint your own, Bowser has announced that they are adding this model to their “Executive” line of products. Presumably, this means they will be improving some aspects of the model and selling it ready-to-run. I wasn’t interested in building another N8 caboose, but I might buy one of these “Executive” models if they’ve improved the trucks and offer it in the more common Penn Central scheme without the horizontal stripe.
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.