Bought a Tenshodo diesel at fleabay some months ago.... complete, but apparently painted with the real big brush...
When it showed up, I put it in a pot with detergent and cooked it on the office cooking range.... when nobody else was present to watch.
Paint came off quickly, primer needed another Acetone bath.
Now mulled over an appropriate paint scheme to make her suitable for the roster of the California Pacific.
First idea, was black with silver barricade stripes;
however I fainted when thinking about applying those pesky decals over the radiator detail on the hoods.
Next idea, Traction Orange....
the Cal-P has electrified lines operated in cooperation with the local trolley network so this makes sense.
My favorite Orange paint, Floquil Daylight Orange, is long gone.... so I resorted to the substitute I found.
One part Revell glossy Orange #32130, one part Revell Ochre Brown #32188.
That gives a "new" look, if its desired to have a loco show its age it should be toned down with gray or more Ochre.
Then, drilled through the solid brass headlight castings to insert 2mm LEDs.
This proved to be a pitfall, as I had to discover later.
Tenshodo motor worked ok but caused the motor to shut down after a few minutes, so installed a cheap Chinese can motor.
Very little clearance under the hood! The big Tenshodo motor was partially concealed in the fuel tank.
When running the loco in circles to check for bugs, I noticed a grinding noise that wasn't present at all times.
Found that the top gear of the tower drive would touch the LED sticking out from the headlight casting!
Ground away a little from the LED, no success! finally put washers under the truck bolsters to raise the complete frame + carbody marginally.
For now, she wears only Cal-P emblems on the cab sides, no further identification....
haven't yet decided what to put on the hoods.