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9/03-1G: I have two PROTO 2000 SW-9's decorated for CONRAIL. I intend to remove the paint with SCALECOAT "unpaint" solution. However, removal of the handrails troubles me. Any suggestions?

Reply: First of all, I'd recommend using 91% isopropyl alcohol to remove paint from LIFE-LIKE models. I've used this effectively. Cost is about $1.00 per bottle at Walgreen's. Second, I've removed the L/L handrails, effectively, by using a small flat head punch. The handrails are secured by using a soldering iron to fuse them in place. Patience is the key. Since the SW9's do not have full handrails the chore will be easier than the GP7/9's I removed the handrails from.

9/03-7D: Where are the small numbers located on pre-'57 B units? What color were those numbers?

Reply: GN Paint Diagram 34000-1 dated Nov. 28, 1951 shows that the 2W numerals are located on the rear lower panel (orange), next to the sill and just in front of the forward short handrail and that they are the same dark green as used on the carbody. This is the same for both A and B units. This information can be found on pages 2 and 3 of GNRHS Reference Sheet No. 34. As a point of interest, these small numbers were included on the GN factory painted PROTO-1000 F3's and the ATHEARN GENESIS F7's.

9/03-2S: I want to produce a dry transfer of the GN GOAT herald for Steam engine models in HO, N, 0 and S gauges. I need the correct data for size and color of our friendly goat. Can you help?

Reply: GNRHS Reference Sheet No. 25 is a good reference for steam tender heralds. However, the reference sheet is incomplete and does not address the aluminum lettering and heralds. It addresses the white heralds prior to the aluminum era and after WW II when the locos were being painted, replacing the Glacier Park scheme. Prior to the late 20's, the heralds used white lettering with a white goat on a red circle as were the heralds placed on the locos as they were painted black, post WW II. In between these two periods, the heralds had aluminum lettering with an aluminum goat on a red circle as used with the Glacier Park scheme. As a "rule of thumb", found in Reference Sheet No. 25, 54" heralds were used on tenders with over 4,000
gallon capacities and 42" heralds on tenders under 4,000 gallon capacities.

9/03-2F: I've converted an ACCURAIL Canton Hopper using an old VARNEY covered hopper roof and IHC PS-2 hopper hatches into a zinc concentrate car. The car has been painted in the Glacier green scheme. Do you know which decals can be used on the green scheme?

Reply: The lettering and herald for the Glacier green zinc concentrate does present some problems. For the basic lettering, use the CHAMP HG 143 decal set. The size of the herald used on the zinc car is somewhere in the 38" range. The smallest herald, of this type, produced by CHAMP and MICROSCALE is 42". The only herald, of this type, that matches the 38" size is available as a dry transfer in WOODLAND SCENICS #DT 610 GN Box Car Set.

9/03-3F: Do you know which decals will do GN stock cars in the Big Sky Blue and mineral red paint schemes?

Reply: CHAMP HC-487 GN (Blue Car) Jumbo Covered Hopper Set (Discontinued) had the only proper size lettering, I could find, that would fit the ACCURAIL name boards. Hopefully, you may be able to find this set in some of the "old" stock of some hobby shop or at a swap meet. Use CHAMP HN-66 GN Road Name Set, White, on the mineral red stock car.

9/03-8D: On the ALCO MODELS ALCO RS-1, the front edge of the radiator fan housing is curved. I believe it was straight on the prototype. Do you know for sure which it was?

Reply: The RS-1 drawings on page 58 of the MR CYCLOPEDIA, VOL 2 (DIESEL LOCOS) and page 91 of Carstens' LOCO 1 - THE DIESEL shows a square or straight radiator fan housing front. However, after viewing photos of various railroads, some radiator fronts appear to be curved. In looking at GN #185 on page 3 of GNRHS Reference Sheet No. 82, the radiator housing appears to be curved. Conclusion - it may be that RS-1's had both.

9/03-9D: How do you get the decal striping to lay down over those open radiator slats on your ATLAS RS-1 model?

Reply: To get the striping to "lay down" over the radiator you must use a longer than needed decal stripe and keep aligning and forcing it into the contours with a sharpened round wood toothpick, while applying a liberal amount of MICRO-SOL.

9/03-10D: I would like to build an FT 252A/B set from the STEWART models but am having difficulty finding detail photos of these units. Where can I find reference photos of these units?