Paint Shop – 66 : Gulf Mobile & Ohio Boxcar 56345, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

gmo56345_03.jpg: completed model

GM&O boxcars are rich in their graphic variation: what drives me modeling GM&O boxcars is the variation brought about by the combination of the Wings Herald, the arched lettered roadname, and the reporting mark.

The reporting mark GM&O is always at the left as the norm and the Wings Herald seems always at the right, according to the IC/GM&O Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment. But the position of the arched lettered roadname is not fixed. Moreover, Wings are sometimes lacked.

For example, GM&O 56345 had the Herald on the right and the roadname on the left. The 1983 prototype photo of the particular car was found at Illinois Central Gulf Decals web site. However, unfortunately, the ICG Decals produces HO scale only. Accordingly I went to Microscale Industries; Microscale announced the N scale decals for GM&O boxcars in June 2015.

I used surplus Athearn PS-1 single-door boxcar for the model. I changed the door with copied and modified 8’ Pullman door produced by Atlas. I also removed the roofwalk as seen in the prototype photo.

I spray painted the body with Mr. Color Spray No. 81. I polished the surface of the painted body, where decals were going to be applied, with the compound before applying the decal for the better adhesion. Decal used is Microscale #60-1506. I spray painted the semi-gloss clear coat after applying the decal.

* 1983 prototype photo of GM&O 56345 found at Illinois Central Gulf Decals web site;
* the decal I used;

gmo56345_01.jpg: body ready to paint
gmo56345_02.jpg: painted body


モーニング・サン社のカラーガイドによると、このGulf Mobile & Ohioという鉄道の貨車に施されるレタリングにはいくつかのバリエーションがある。すなわち、円弧状に記される社名、Wings Heraldと称される社章、そしてレポーティング・マークおよび車番の配置によっていくつかのグループに分類できる。


模型にはAthearn社製PS-1 single-door boxcarを用いた。側扉を削り、Atlas社製PS-1 boxcarに附属のPullman社製扉を型取り複製した扉を貼り付けた。

サフェーサーを吹いたあと、Mr. Color SprayのNo. 81で塗装。書籍掲載の写真にはもっと鮮やかな赤色の個体もあるが実際のところよく分からない。デカールの浮きを防ぐため、デカールを施す箇所は予めコンパウンドで磨いておく。デカールは件のMicroscale #60-1506。最後に半光沢のクリアコートを吹けば、艶の差は消える。


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