Green ‘bug

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While visiting Pierre Oliver on Friday, we discussed painting procedures for my CNR doodlebug. I’ve painted my share of locomotives and rolling stock in the past – but not nearly as much as Pierre has, so I was sure he’d have some suggestions for masking to keep subsequent colours from spoiling the yellow nose on the unit.

Pierre recommended Tamiya masking tape, which is not as aggressive as regular masking tape yet still sticks well to paint. On the way home from a sheep herding lesson yesterday, I picked up some Tamiya tape at Wheels and Wings, a Toronto hobby shop that caters to those who model armour, aircraft, automobiles, ships and so on.

As the lead photo shows, I masked the nose and then sprayed the body with CNR green. I’ve also attended to some items that’ll help make the model nicer.

I drilled, then cut, a hole in the floor of the rear vestibule, so that I have a way to get glass into the windows of this compartment:

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I’ve done a test on the layout, and this hole pretty much disappears from view when the unit is on the rails. That said, I’ll glue a rectangle of black styrene over the hole when I’m finished with the glass. If I use Krystal Klear to mount it, it’ll be easy to remove if I need access and the glue won’t fog the glass the way that CA will.

I also applied some Squadron Putty to the back of the headlight to fill the hole where the LED wires pass into the casting:

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During testing of the LED headlight, I noticed that light was escaping through the back of the casting. The putty takes care of that, and will disappear when the roof is painted black. That’s the next job – as soon as the green paint dries.

Painting, for me, is an exercise in patience. I’m not good – not at all – at waiting for paint to dry. But I’m getting better. Once again, the hobby is teaching me something…

It was my first visit to Wings and Wheels – and, well, “Wow!” Talk about a well-stocked hobby shop. I went for tape, but also came out with several neat little tools from companies whose line cards rarely appear in shops that serve the railway hobby crowd. I’ll definitely plan another trip when I don’t have a muddy, tired but still impatient Border Collie waiting in the truck!

4 thoughts on “Green ‘bug

  1. I have a Balboa HO scale Santa Fe doodlebug for which I needed some authentic doodlebug sounds. My dealer Rick Bell of DCC Installs and Sales in Martinez, GA, was able to download appropriate sounds off the CSI website. I believe the sounds are from M.177 which happens to be the gas electric car I am modeling. It sounds nice.

    Also, at the Atlanta NMRA trade show I purchased some CA of the Sinbad brand. Before purchasing I asked the dealer if it crazed clear surfaces and he said no. When I got home I used it to glue microscope cover glass in a grain elevator window. It worked with no crazing.

    • Both good things to know, Jared. Thank you.

      I didn’t use the QSI doodlebug sound because the brand is not well supported in my area. It’s not for lack of trying: our largest area hobby shop has expressed frustration with setting up a dealer relationship with QSI. But that could simply be due to a transition period as the new owner figures out the business. Meantime, I can use my Loksound decoder, which sounds very nice.

      On a prototype note, in reading about the CNR’s self-propelled cars I’ve learned that almost all of them were diesel-electrics – not gas…


  2. Hi hit Wheels and Wings on Friday- same experience. There are lots of this in the plastic model world that have applicability to our railways. I can home with some etched brass mesh (that I didn’t know existed) and lots of paint- amazing selection of colours.

  3. I like Wings and Wheels, its a bit out of my way living in the High Park area, but if i can get away from the office early enough i can take the subway after work on a Thursday or Friday when they are open late and do some shopping for tools/paints without having to get in the car and fight traffic to trek out to the west end shops i normally frequent in Mississauga. I am due for a visit there myself to pick up some drillbits and other supplies.

    I also agree with your discovery of the Tamiya tape, i have the same patience problem waiting on paint drying, but the Tamiya tape works very well at sealing without taking off the paint being protected.

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