I made the mistake of using Floquil enamal paint for painting handrails safety white on most of my Kato engines. The paint looked great, but does not adhere well to the plastic used for the handrails by Kato. So, after years of use, many of the handrails had paint that was flaking off. The flaking finally got bad enough that I spent some time the last couple of days addressing the issue. I got some Badger Modelflex reefer white paint and added a bit of black and yellow to tone down the brightness of the white. Modelflex paint is acrylic based paint that is designed to adhere better to the plastic and flex with the handrail instead of flake. One by one, I took each of the affected engines (24 of them) and used an Xacto knife to gently flake off any remaining floquil paint. I then repainted the handrails with the Modelflex paint. Took awhile, but I think the effort was worth it.
I also used a picture of the old coaling tower in Nelson to hide the hole in the wall that allows the mainline to pass from thee furnace room, containing Nelson and the east staging yard, to the Rock River crossing and Franklin Grove.
The pictures below show an example of newly painted handrails, the coaling tower and the prototype photo of the coaling tower in Nelson.
The Gravel Pit
2 years ago