Well, no-one took me up on my comment on the Photo thread that this was my latest project.
It is now finished so all can be revealed. It started a few months ago, although the roots go way back to the early 2000s, when Light Rail Products was doing business: http://www.lightrailproducts.com/
I had built one coach with a duckbill roof and fancied another, but unfortunately LRP went mia for 10 years. Then in August, Karl Johnson, the owner of LRP, suddenly posted on GSC that he was still in business. (Bottom of page 1)
After an exchange of emails, Karl indicated that his duckbill roof resin casting (this photo is over 10 years old)
. . wasn’t a great fit. He sold me a couple of pairs of ends for $30 as I wanted to give try it, and I had acquired a Bachmann coach as part of a deal to get a 2-4-2 Indie in a set. [Life gets complicated sometimes.] Having an Aster 2-6-0 C&S #22 encouraged me to make an old-style C&S coach of these various bits.
The ends turned up so I chopped the Bachmann roof.
and Karl was right - not a good fit!
A lot of fiddly plastruct work followed to make the roof and the end mesh.
Finally the bits were glued (Gorilla clear for the resin, Plastruct Bondene for the rest.) I usually use the aluminum tape used by the a/c vent guys on the roof to simulate tarpaper, but this time I used painters masking tape. Not a good choice - the paint peeled off when I tried to use masking tape later.
I had some roof vents from Ozark so they were added.
You’ll see in the foreground some 1/2 cut “Colorado & Southern” nameboards. These were left over from some modifications to Accucraft J&S coaches - about 10 years ago. I figured they were enough to get me started and saved having to find some decals.
I ran the roof back through the mini-table-saw and then built up what was left to match the Accu bits. I also poked around my paint shelf and found that Rustoleum 2X ‘Hunt Club Green Satin’ which matched the Accu plastic.
As you can see, a combination of a white paint pen with an extra-fine point, plus a very small brush, and after 3 sessions (2 white, one green touch-up) the lettering wasn’t too bad. You can also see I managed to paint the clerestory sides (which is when I found the roof paint wasn’t adhering too well.)
Then during reassembly a mystery surfaced. I had to cut the clerestory ‘glass’ to fit, but only had to cut one pane from each side. But the bits I cut off both had a full pane of glass. I should have been removing 2 panes?!?
Oh well. It works, mate. Here’s the finished coach with a number and a couple of crates inside. It will go with my other 2 new C&S coaches. (The old ends are on the left.)