Denver and Rio Grande Western SD50 5503 from an Athearn model









This unit started out as a factory painted Denver and Rio Grande Western SD50 from Athearn. I dismantled the model. From there, I removed the stock road number and renumbered to 5503. I then added Detail Associates eyebolts, cut bars, MU recepticles antennas, MU hoses, Details West gyralight castings, spare knuckles to the rear pilot faces, rerail frogs hung over the rear truck, 206 plows, speed recorders, fabricated sanding lines and truck air lines. Also added were windshield wipers from Detail Associates.
The frame was modified for the operating gyralight, the factory board was modified and a Digitrax DH163 was installed. Floquil engine black was airbrushed on the underframe and used to touch up added on parts. For orange, I used Tamiya Orange...it matched the Athearn paint very well once dry.
Decals are from Microscale.
Clearcoated with half Testor's Dullcoat and half Testor's Glosscoat mixed with lacquer thinner.

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Last Updated 7/29/2006