|Revised weathering on UP 32190|
It started when I looked at some prototype photos of Union Pacific 32100 series gondolas on RRPictures Archive. I realized that the weathering I applied to my 32190 gondola was not realistic. So I put it back on the work bench and added a lot more rust. I toned down the graffiti with some acrylic rust colored washes. I made a new number patch with some decal paper and dry transfer letters. I added a few more tags. Now it looks a lot more like a prototypical car. By the way, any guesses to what the red and yellow graffiti says?
|New fork lift ready for service|
|Peeling paint - not what I wanted.|
Next I tackled the ship, a model that has been sitting on the layout for a while. I had built the super structure a few months ago. I decided to paint it and get it ready to install on the hull. I had already primed it months ago with Krylon gray lacquer. So I touched up some rough spots with sandpaper and then gave it a coat of Vallejo White acrylic primer. After it dried a few hours I noticed a few spots that still needed some sanding. So I got out my 400 wet sand paper and started to work on it. That is when disaster hit.
The warm water I used in the wet sanding caused the white paint to peel. The gray primer held fine, but the white paint started bubbling up all over the model. Yikes. Looks like I have to strip all the white primer. That was not as easy as I would have liked, and a few details got broken in the process.
|Note rounded windows (portholes)|
|New superstructure stern side - stair platforms are visible.|
I redesigned the new superstructure to look more like the prototype ships I am trying to model. In particular, the bridge is a simpler shape with more windows, and there is an external stair way.
After several hours of drawing, laser cutting, and assembling, I got the most of the new superstructure complete. I'll add the details next. Then paint. But I will not be using the Vallejo Primers!
|New superstructure bow side|