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These views of both sides of the FA2 locomotive should provide all the information you need for applying details and decals.

Heres a similar pair of photos of the completed F3A.

proved to be more of a challenge. I scanned a copy of the herald into the computer and then used it as a template to redraw the herald; this allowed me to resize it without any loss of definition. The heralds used on the nose of the locos are 15 " tall by 27" wide those on the caboose are 18" tall by 33" wide. I also printed the numerals for the numberboards to get a perfect fit they were 8 pt for the FA2 and 9 pt for the F3A. Originally I had planned on having a set of decals printed by one of the companies such as Rail Graphics that offer that service. However, in the interim I purchased an Alps printer, which allows me to print my own decals. Since the lettering and herald are white you have to have a printer that can print that color. The Alps printer is the only one that I know of that will do this. I used Microscale TF-O clear decal film heres a tip, buff the decal sheet lightly with a 3M Scotch-Brite pad before printing. I have found that roughing the surface slightly increases the adhesion of the lettering. The EMD and Alco builders plates came from various Microscale decal sets. If you would like a copy of the V&O artwork I have saved it as a PDF file and placed it on my web page at Weathering is a very subjective addition to any model. I generally prefer very subtle effects built up in small increments. Initially, I sprayed a very light coat of MODELflex L&N Gray over the roof, then on the trucks, pilot and fuel tank. I then added light touches of Milwaukee Brown on the pilot and trucks. I also sprayed some of the L&N Gray on the sand-filler hatches, dragging it down the sides of the body to represent dust from spills. I gave one area special attention with black chalk. The air vents between the portholes on the F3A always look black on prototype locomotives. To simulate this I worked black chalk into these areas with a short stiff brush. Another detail I noticed in the prototype photos was that the wire screen material between the portholes tended to pick up a lot of grime. I lightly dusted these areas with more of the black chalk, being careful not to overdo it. I made the same applications on the grilles of the FA2. By working carefully you can make the structural members behind the grilles stand out. On the caboose I hand-painted the grabs and edges of the steps Reefer Yellow. I sprayed the same weathering on the caboose as on the locos and then added L&N Gray on the roof near the smoke jack, dragging it down to the top of the body. With the weathering completed I mixed up a 50:50 mixture of Dullcote and Glosscote for the final finish. This mixture provides a weathered look without being overly dull. I limited pure Dullcote applications to areas such as the trucks, pilots, fuel tanks and roofs. Another little trick I used was creating the windshield wiper pattern on the


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