Rock Island SD70 5006 from an Athearn Genesis model

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This model started out as a stripped Athearn Genesis SD70. Obviously, Rock Island never had any SD70's and this is a fantasy model. We theorized that had the Rock Island picked up several SD70's (and subsequently follow on orders of SD75M's) in the early 1990's to handle increasing intermodal traffic.
The model itself has new coupler cut bars, plow, lift rings, spare knuckle holders, speed recorder, truck air lines and other assorted parts added.
After a thorough abrasive blasting, everything was washed and dried. Paint consisted of Floquil primer, Scalecoat II white, custom mixed RI yellow from part Floquil UP armor yellow and Scalecoat II reefer yellow. The red is Scalecoat II CP bright red that has been tinted a little more. The gray is Scalecoat II NYC dark gray. The grilles were masked and backfilled with Floquil grimy black. The decals are a combination of Microscale and the clearcoat is part Testor's glosscoat and part Testors Dullcoat.

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Last Updated 6/24/2007