In response to a steadily-diminishing number of requests, here are pictures of some of my Rock Island HO models. Most of these were built, painted and lettered in the early to middle 70s, so this page actually belongs in the Museum section of VTWI!

In case it's of interest to you, I've worked up a history of the numerous model railroads I've constructed, beginning with my first HO "train set" in 1964. There was an American Flyer outfit back in '47, which still runs just fine, but that's another story.

With a few exceptions, most of the models pictured below are just paint, and decals or dry transfers, applied to stock plastic models. Rock Island maroon of the period was created by mixing Floquil Boxcar Red (RR 74) and Maroon (RR 64), two parts to three. Before I could afford an airbrush, some of the earlier models were brush-painted. On those models where I've gone to the trouble to remove dynamic brake fans and such, I've generally used paper to cover the holes, ala model airplanes.

GPs 1256 and 1267 - Athearns dedynamic'd plus paint and decals.
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GP 1259 - Athearn with detail parts and minor modifications. The prototype often came to our hometown of Indianola.
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E 654 - AHM shell that I'm currently installing over a Model Power chassis with a kit decoder. The wings were done by putting two layers of masking tape on a drawing board, marking the pattern, cutting the top layer of tape and sticking it over the yellow before (brushing) the maroon.
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E 652 - AHM with paint, decals and dry-transfers. I now have a (much nicer P2K) second 652 in the old Rocket paint. I'll probably repaint/number the new one.
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E 631 - Cary cast metal body with many modifications and details. I set out to win a contest at the Des Moines area meet with this, and I still think it was the best model there. However, weathering was the latest rage then and it came in second, so next year I entered a less well-detailed but weathered model (1259 above) and won.
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E 619 - painted and lettered like the ex-UP units. Someday I'll do an A unit to match. This is the only brass loco I own (KMT). It was given to me by a friend for helping him move his household (including O -scale layout).
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Caboose - This is an Athearn with some detailing. Question: Why did Athearn apply the red/yellow paint scheme to the extended-vision caboose but not to the bay window?