I have mentioned in previous posts that when it gets hot outside, I retreat inside and do some painting & decalling instead of roasting outdoors. My latest "kick" has been older style cars since the lettering corresponds to some roads that I'm interested in. Hence, the Toledo, St. Louis & Western car above, aka, The Clover Leaf. There is nothing particularly special about the model itself; it's just an older MDC-36 foot boxcar that has been painted with one of the several brown paint spray cans that I have on the shelf. The lettering is another of my "home brew" sets that I have printed myself. The photo backdrop is of a row of old building backs here in Findlay. As you may or may not know, the Clover Leaf became a part of the Nickel Plate in the late 1920s.
Car number two is a Toledo, St. Louis & Kansas City Railroad car that I did only because I liked the lettering. I'm not sure but suspect that the TSL&KC must have had some relationship with the TStL&W because of the clover leaf logo. Again, the car is an old MDC 36-foot boxcar that was painted kind of a terra cotta color because I thought it would look good with the green clover leaf. Back then, car colors were anything but consitent or standardized. Paint was often purchased by the local agent from the local hardware store and "brown" has about as many different shades as chili has flavors.
The lettering created an interesting challenge since both of the top lines of text had been done along an arc. The software that I use to create decals doesn't have that capability so I had to rotate each letter then line it up by eyeballing it. Doing this on the computer monitor was much easier than messing around with individual decals. I think that the lettering turned out OK considering.
It will take a little bit of research for me to figure out what eventually happened to this line but in the meantime, the car looks pretty sharp. Next up is a car based on some old photo research.