It is done! Lots of delays and diversions including a new puppy. The project should been done months ago. Oh yes, there are a few minor things I want to do. Need to add a couple documents on tack boards, paint the air hose coupling and probably shoot some another coat of flat on the model.
The decals were applied and sealed with a clear gloss lacquer. I then applied a black wash of Vallejo acrylic. I removed excess using Mean Green and a makeup sponge. This is a method developed by Lee Turner. I am just a student of his great craft. To this I applied oil washes and spot highlights on bolts using AMMO Oil Brushers. I like their dark brown and dirt to add some color variation to the base color and black wash.
Now that this kit is done, I can get back to working on a new layout.
Little did I know how it would challenge my patiences thirteen years after doing the original patterns for Mike O’Connell, Chooch Enterprise owner. The master was molded in RTV and cast in urethane. Mike marketed under the name of Ultra Scale II. These kits in this series were considerably different from the original Chooch car kits. Sadly, the era of urethane kits may be near the end. Few modelers are interested in buying and building complex urethane. This automobile car was near the very end of my work with Chooch on freight cars. I learned a huge amount working on projects for Mike. My work included fourteen kits for Chooch, one for Des Plaines Hobbies and three kits for Southern Car & Foundry. Hopefully, new builders like Ross Dando and Bill Yancey will continue this approach for creating unique and accurate models as opposed to generic plastic cars sold in many incorrect lettering schemes.
Mike George reminded me of an oversight of my posting. I failed to mention that Jim King of Smoky Mountain Model Works has come roaring back to 1/48 scale with his release of the AAR 70-ton flat car and the soon to be released Southern low side gondola. Another stalwart is Ted Schnepf who owns Rails Unlimited. He continues to offer a wide selection of unique prototype cars in urethane. His recent release of the Rock Island and CB&Q stock cars represent a step up from previous offerings. Southern Car & Foundry is still working on a few new projects for release down the road. Jon Cagle has been fortunate to have a few new project done by Jim Zwerenmann. i am not sure when they will surface but be patient.