UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound.
USRA Heavy Switcher NYC 7821 (Alco, Oct 1918) was a member of Class U3a. This is the second 0-8-0 to be prepared for service at Fillmore Avenue Roundhouse.
This is a Walthers model with factory installed Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoder. Modified as previously posted NYC 7814 switcher, this model is a fine runner. She has Kadee #158’s instead of Sergent Type E’s for service in the coach yard from time to time. This offers some operating variety for my friends.
I weather my locomotives pretty much the same way. While not truly prototypical, I find that subtle, consistent weathering appears to be more plausible in model form. Each to his own, I guess. One new thing I tried was adding a “wet” area by the water fill hatch on the tender, representing spillage (below).
I did this by mixing in a dish Testors Model Master acrylic gloss and 70% rubbing alcohol in a 50-50 mix. I painted this on with a “0” brush letting it flow naturally, avoiding the hatch cover (which would have been open during filling).
Now for NYC 7815!