I am going to attempt the impossible. Ready? I am going to plan out a project and give it a deadline and start and finish it in one day. This will be a first as every project to date has taken much longer than expected and has experienced "scope creep" much to my dismay.
This is a similar project to "Plussing Holliday". I have a Ripley model that was done last year before introduction to Burnsland and all the expertise here. I will define the scope here and collect all the parts, pieces and or supplies needed to complete it. Then, once a day can be dedicated to it, I will pull it apart, make the changes and put it back together before the bell strikes midnight. Here is the model as it stands today.
The changes will be:
1. Paint boiler, cab and tender in "correct" green colors
2. Paint wheels bright red
3. Paint pilot and headlight dark red.
4. Paint cab interior light green
5. Widen running boards to be straight and extend to smokebox
6. Install Westinghouse air compressor
7. Install roof hatch and paint roof black with red primer trim
8. Install straight handrails at boiler
9. Install u-shaped handrails at cab
10. Install whistle and pop valves
11. Remove back of headlight
12. Install copper steam lines
13. Install sand lines
14. Create a seat for Earl and Eddie
15. Remove coal load and create new deck for tender
16. Apply improved graphics
17. Install bell rope
18. Paint background of #2 number plate bright red
19. Paint cylinders
Fellow Burnslander, Johnas, and I are looking into having Trackside Details cast a polished brass stack cap. If we create this, is anyone else interested in one? G scale
This should result in a nice replica of the Ripley. The boiler is still too wide and sits too high, but only a highly trained eye would see this.
I still need to order some handrail stanchions before starting and I have to find the day. Should be fun.