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I've made a few improvements to enhance the realism of the superb Athearn product.
Below: The right side trucks received Details West spare knuckle holders. I added a brake chain on the rear truck.
Below: Exhaust weathering on top surfaces is black chalk streaked with a stiff brush, over-sprayed
with a diluted black/brown paint. The exhaust stack is more heavily weathered than other rooftop areas.
End modifications include added
Details West MU receptacles and
cables (painted red).
Below: Road dust weathering is simulated using brown chalk randomly applied to underframes,
fuel tanks, trucks, pilots, steps, and the lower portion of the carbody, then over-sprayed with
dullcote. Wheels and couplers were brush-painted a black/brown grungy color.