Lee is a creative and resourceful modeler that has been generous to share his technique with this blog. I sure have learned a huge amount over the last several years. Hopefully, you have taken away a few techniques that Lee has shared.
How many of you remember Frank Ellison? He wrote a number of a profound article that shaped much of the hobby we enjoy today. Model Railroader published much of the tales of Delta Lines and Frank’s creation of a functioning railroad. One of the industries on the Delta Lines was a packing house called Richmond Packing in the town of Raymondale. Lee created a meat reefer lettered for Richmond Packing as a tribute to Frank Ellison. The model is a modified Atlas import. The lettering style reflects the post-1938 ban on billboard advertising schemes. By the way, the model is a keeper. Lee will add this model to his roster.
This pair of of Sacramento Northern F-3 units reflect the work of several modelers. Mike Mangini built these locomotives from P&D Hobbies kits. Mike painted the SN silver and orange colors matched to actual EMD paint chips (Dan Pantera loaned them to Mike). The lettering was designed and printed by Gary Schrader.
It turns out that Mike used to watch these units going through Stockton while he attending the University of the Pacific. John Ford suggested that Mike contact Lee to age the showroom new look. Now the units have a “well used” look.
Love that Western Pacific/ Sacramento Northern paint scheme. As a long-time resident of Cali, I have observed the orange and silver locomotives many time and sure miss them. Now all we see are the darn yellow things.