Chicago and North Western SD40 895 from an Overland SD40 Model
finished model

construction shots

Before stripping

CNW SD40 895 from an Overland Models SD40 model.

This model started out as a custom painted private road Overland SD40 that was sent to me. The box label said this was supposed to be a CNW prototype, however, it appers someone put the wrong model in the wrong box. After digging through photos, I found a suitable CNW candidate that I could modify the model into. That prototype was CNW SD40 895.

I disassembld the model and stripped everything in a jar of lacquer thinner. Once stripped, I had to make a few modifications for it to match 895. One sideframe needed to be modified with a high brake cylinder and new airlines. Also, I added an ATS show by Custom Finishes to the model. For the unique gong bell mounting, I used a piece of styrene tubing and a Detail Associates gong bell casting.

Everything was abrasivized and washed with hot soapy water and then dried. The unit was primed with Floquil Primer and then sprayed Scalecoat II white where yellow was to be applied. Yellow is Floquil CNW Yellow with several drops of reefer orange and Soo Line red added. The green used was Testor's Model Master Imperial Japanese Navy Green. Black was Floquil engine black. Decals are Microscale. Unit was semi glossed with half Testor's dullcoat and half Testor's glosscoat mixed with lacquer thinner. The unit then had a Digitrax DH163 and associated lighting added. After that, the unit reassembled and tested.


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Last Updated 2/24/2006