ATSF GP60B 340
I've made a few improvements to enhance the realism of the superb Fox Valley Models product.
Below: I added a small handrail extension made of brass wire, replicating a Santa Fe modification performed in the early
1990's.The right side trucks received Details West spare knuckle holders. I added Precision Scale 39036 small round
fuel pressure gauges to the fuel tank (both sides) - this product is hard to find, but this gauge is also available in Detail
Associates 3102 fuel tank detail set. I masked off the grills and brush-painted them with diluted black, then lightly wiped
off the outermost rib surfaces before the paint dried. I also painted black the small oval sight window on the right side.
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 painting the stock yellow MU
cables red (the as-delivered yellow ones didn't last long
on the prototypes), replacing the cast handrail chain with
yellow-painted 40-link-per-inch scale chain, and painting
the lift bars silver. I painted the carbody grabs yellow and
applied safety slogan decals to all four step wells.
Below: The left side received a Details West speed recorder on the front axle journal. Road dust weathering
is simulated using brown chalk randomly applied to underframes, fuel tanks, trucks, pilots, steps, and the
lower portion of carbodies, then over-sprayed with dullcote. Black and brown art pencils were used to make
small rust spots and fuel spill streaks. Wheels and couplers were brush-painted a black/brown grungy color.