I managed to get some paint and decals on the Rock Island Fowler clone. That only leaves the weathering and I can deliver the model to a friend.
Painting a styrene model starts with a cleaning in water with Dawn dish soap. Once dry I primed the car with a Tamiya gray primer in rattle can, It is a great base for paint. I used Tru-Color Rock Island Freight Car Red (TCP-197}. Paint was applied with a Paasche VL gun.
I used the Protocraft decal set RI-Fowler-1 augmented with a old Rick Leach Rock Island set for some of the smaller stencils like trust and paint information. Unfortunately, Rick doesn’t make decals any more.
I obtained this photo which helped with the pos-WWII appearance.
Weathering will go on next. I will report on the finished car soon.