Chessie Paint

What colors I used, and other recommendations.

Recently I painted a Chessie fantasy BQ23-7.  Chessie paint was not available pre-mixed, unfortunately [Ed as of 2009, article now updated with Tru-Color Paints].

ICE & DME paint

Painting ICE & DME blue & yellow units

I chose to use a paint I used in some prior paint work for the blue.  It is Model Master "French Blue".  I used CSX yellow for the yellow, though plain Testors Yellow would also work well.

KCS Gray

What colors I used for a custom blended KCS Gray.

I recently painted a KCS SW1500.  This required a custom mix of paint to match KCS's blue tinted gray paint.  Here's what I chose.

Stripping Paint from a Decorated Model (Version 1)

Using 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Have you ever wanted to paint a locomotive, freight car, or other item, in your favorite, or custom paint scheme, but the cost or availability of undecorated models are interfering?  Have no fear, you can easily remove paint from models without damaging the underlying plastic.

This article features a Life-Like Proto 2000 GP20, however this concept works equally as well with other Proto 200 models as well as Athearn.  Kato requires a slightly stronger paint remover, which will be covered in future articles.  Other manufacturers I don;t have much recent data with, so I cannot speak for them at the time of this article.

I prefer to use 91% Isopropyl Alcohol for most paint stripping as it dries fast after, and does not leave any trace residue.  However as you can see in the photos, and a later article to come, Pine-Sol will also do the trick.  Avoid the brake parts cleaner idea once toted by hobby magazines, as it can often attack the plastic.  And definitely avoid spray, or brush on paint strippers from hardware stores, they will quickly turn your plastic model into goo.

CSX Gray

What Color I Used for CSX Gray

This BQ23-7 required CSX gray, and CSX blue.  I did not see a "CSX Gray" at the LHS, so I picked up Model Master Navy Aggressor Gray, it seemed like the best match to me.  CSX Blue was from Floquil.  Decals are from Microscale.

Stripping Factory Painted Models

From my prior paint removal efforts, a guide to what works (safely), on what models.

For anyone who models small railroads, has a free-lanced railroad, of just likes to paint.  Stripping can be done for a number of reasons, Undecorated versions not available, decorated versions cheaper, ect...

Here's a list of whats worked for me.