Yet another RS-18, this time its the 615 in the so called “Hockey Stick” paint scheme.
For this build, I decided to use the Atlas Trainman RS-36, since it has the fuel tank style I need as well as the long hood is fairly close to the RS-18. I dipped into my stash of RS-18 CAT conversion parts for this model. Etched air intake grills, handrail stanchions, and a resin long hood end were added to the basic model. Throw in some tread plate, Kaslo nose and pilots, and the air cooler grill left over from the 608 project and I was pretty much done:
I was given 4 jars of pre production True Line Trains BC Rail paint to test out before the product hit the market, and chose to use it on he 615. The paint is excellent! Very easy to spray right out of the bottle and covers very well (especially the white, typically a hard color to shoot) My only gripe was the silver had too much paint flecks in it, and took several coats to get a smooth finish. Other than that, I’m really happy with the way the model turned out:
The model will eventually get weathered- lightly. Well, as light as ALCO weathering goes! This model was the last I completed in the old house, once I get my work bench set up I plan on adding some soot on the roof and road grime on the trucks.