Peter gives his engine a paint job

Peter’s been in touch again. His last post is here.

“Just thought about how much I got done this past year.. If you could post these it would be most appreciated.

pic 1- loco I started with

pic 2- got it down to brass bones and added WP standard freight things; new pilot, hand rails, horn arrangement, radio antenna, etc.

pic 3- final

video of it moving..

Thanks, Al


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – goes silly at this time of year.

A huge thanks Peter. Amazing stuff – always love seeing his updates – there’s been quite a few now. It’s a joy to see his layout come together.

And if Peter inspires you, don’t forget, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



20 Responses to Peter gives his engine a paint job

  1. (Mr) Jan says:

    Great job.

    What I wonder is which kind of tape you use to cover the area’s you don’t want to spray.
    I have a similar paint job planned on an old Fleischmann NOHAB machine.



  2. Antony says:

    Nicely done. That’s the sort of detailing that really makes a difference to the look of a locomotive.


  3. Bob Raspanti says:

    Just want to say, what a true artist, great creator,
    And you can see his love for what he does

  4. Warren Ferguson says:

    Fantastic job, Peter! What do you use for masking areas not to be painted?
    Warren, AL, USA

  5. Michael G. Collins says:

    Nicely done, Peter. Here is what wkipedia has for history of WP:
    The Western Pacific Railroad (reporting mark WP) was a Class I railroad in the United States. … Western Pacific Logo (1979-83).svg. 1930 D&RGW WP.jpg. c. 1914 Map of the Western Pacific and Denver and Rio Grande Western systems.
    Dates of operation‎: ‎1903–1983; 35 years ago

  6. Anton Bruce says:

    Now THAT is impressive!!!!

  7. Peter Theodore says:

    Of course there’s a few masking products out there, but I simply use various sizes of drafting tape, it’s a masking tape but not as sticky. Sizes; 1/8, and 1/4. If the roof needs to be covered I’ll tape a bit and cover with plain paper. Years ago I tried the paint on masking gel type stuff, but it’s a pain and I get truer lines with tape.

  8. what a beauty 🙂

  9. Robert Brady says:

    PETER ,Great paint job wish I could do half as good.

  10. Patrick says:

    Very nice job! Can you tell me what you used to clean the brass? My understanding is that you have to do something to brass to make the paint stick.

  11. Louie says:

    You need to contact WPR Museum and help paint their 917D. Had a chance to drive that locomotive.

  12. Cary E Price says:

    Great job Peter, Its always satisfying to get the look your going for, looks like you did just that. Love the detail and paint scheme you selected. Cary in KY

  13. Mike Ilkenhons says:

    Peter: brilliant job… the paint is perfect, color is right on. I’d have you paint anything for me. I’m a stickler for detail and doing it right… you are a cut above…

  14. Peter Theodore says:

    Hi, once I’ve gotten all the paint off with that poison spray stuff, I wash it with a soft toothbrush with dawn. Final rinse with Luke warm water and believe it or not I use regular toothpaste for a slight abrasive. First a light coat of primer and I use scale coat enamel or floquil with glaze with a little thinner to shoot through the airbrush smoothly. I bake the model at 150 degrees for 45 minutes for a nice glossy sheen so decals will apply easily. Finally an over spray of a combo of gloss and flat for a semi matte finish. BTW, when it comes to the WP or the D&RGW I have years of experience with those roads. Originally from Colorado.

  15. James Maitland says:

    WOW!!! Great job. We are in the process. Of repainting a SW-7 switch engine in PenCentral colors at the B & O RR Museum. We could use your help.

  16. Graeme Coleman says:

    Great work, a really nicely finished locomotive.

  17. Peter Theodore says:

    The B & O museum in Baltimore? I’m not too far in Leesburg, VA. I have to come up and see what you all are doing..

  18. Cary B says:

    Absolutely beautiful job, well done
    Cary B

  19. Bill Holt says:

    Good looking locomotive, GOOD JOB !

  20. Gopal Daga says:

    Great, job done very well. Congrats !

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