RDC colors - Athearn RDC

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RDC colors - Athearn RDC

phavriluk
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March 24th, 2018, 12:59 pm #1

I am preparing my Athearn HO RDC-3 for use and display.  I'd like to finish the metal frame and trucks.  Right now the frame is bare metal as-cast and the trucks are plated chrome-ish.  I'd like suggestions as to what I can do to finish the frame and refinish the trucks with a modicum of realism. 

Thanks very much.
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Statkowski
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March 24th, 2018, 11:53 pm #2

Underbody and trucks basic flat black, engine covers chrome-ish.

Of course, you do realize that the New Haven's RDCs were all Phase 1 versions and Athearn's "shorty" model is a Phase 2a version.  No, they were not painted white/black/red-orange.
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phavriluk
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March 25th, 2018, 11:25 am #3

Thanks for the color information.  That should help make the model look finished. 

And thanks for the heads-up about scale authenticity.  I'm satisfied that the RDC will look prototypical when it's on display, and I understand that Athearn's liberties with length gives me cover to not get too worked up about verisimilitude.  Athearn's already put paid to the authentic reproduction idea.
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Statkowski
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March 25th, 2018, 6:45 pm #4

RDC, Phase 1 - This was the style of what the New Haven had.  Large cab windows, built-in headlight:



RDC, Phase 2:  Small cab windows, cowled headlight, fluting on the doors.



RDC, Phase 2a:  This is what Athearn modeled.  Same as Phase 2 with fluting continuing around the front.

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rfranzosa
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March 26th, 2018, 12:04 pm #5

Rapido has a great 'master class' on the RDC phases (there were multiple variations of Phase 1 for example)

https://rapidotrains.com/budd-rdc-master-class/

Rick Franzosa
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corlissbs
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March 28th, 2018, 9:26 am #6

phavriluk wrote: Thanks for the color information.  That should help make the model look finished. 

And thanks for the heads-up about scale authenticity.  I'm satisfied that the RDC will look prototypical when it's on display, and I understand that Athearn's liberties with length gives me cover to not get too worked up about verisimilitude.  Athearn's already put paid to the authentic reproduction idea.
On the underbody, a couple of the large engine access doors and other doors were stainless and thus remained silver. Trucks were silver when delivered. The original Athearn all silver car was basically correct as far as color went. You have to add the script herald decal. 
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corlissbs
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March 28th, 2018, 9:44 am #7

Statkowski wrote: RDC, Phase 1 - This was the style of what the New Haven had.  Large cab windows, built-in headlight:



RDC, Phase 2:  Small cab windows, cowled headlight, fluting on the doors.



RDC, Phase 2a:  This is what Athearn modeled.  Same as Phase 2 with fluting continuing around the front.

Not all phase 2 cars had the fluting on the doors. The B&M’s had the small end windows, raised headlight, but no fluting on the doors.
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March 28th, 2018, 1:31 pm #8

While we're on the subject of RDC colors, on page 25 of New Haven Trackside with T.J. Donahue there is another photo of an RDC with that blue fluting like the one mentioned in a previous posting. A closer look with a loupe reveals that the blue is also on the roof serrations as well but could be the way the slide was or photo was developed because it is not very consistent.

John
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corlissbs
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March 28th, 2018, 2:01 pm #9

jkasey wrote: While we're on the subject of RDC colors, on page 25 of New Haven Trackside with T.J. Donahue there is another photo of an RDC with that blue fluting like the one mentioned in a previous posting. A closer look with a loupe reveals that the blue is also on the roof serrations as well but could be the way the slide was or photo was developed because it is not very consistent.

John
This “blue” RDC has been discussed before on this site. The blue color either came from the blue sky or from developing the film.  There was not a blue painted RDC. So, disregard that photo.
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March 28th, 2018, 2:26 pm #10

Yes there are/was at least 2 blue painted RDCs both Ex B&M used on the Seminole Gulf Dinner train here in Fort Myers Florida

 Bill
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