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I recently completed detailing one of my Lionel  LIRR passenger cars The cars are based on actual LIRR cars I rode on between 1977 and 1990 However they are not scale models For example the real cars had platform doors at each end the Lionel cars do not The Lionel cars have a double lavatory at one end and a single one on the other The real cars only had a single in every other car However in spite of these liberties I am very happy with the cars I begin the detailing process by painting the seats dark green ( that is how I remember them ) the walls blue and I used a chrome pen to give the sinks a silver look ( even though it is unlikely they can be seen through the cars windows) Once the paint was dry it was time to add passengers If you look carefully at the attached photos you will notice that most of the figures are the cheaper Chinese figures to which I added some facial details with some artists extra fine pens or painted brown so as to have some African American figures  These figures cost about $.17 each The smaller more detailed figures are from  Lionel and fit the cars better but cost about$1.20 each I also installed a few standing figures especially at some of the sinks  I then closed up the cars These cars were very easy to open just four screws and no tape to deal with I hope Lionel will add to this set by adding a bar car and a first class car with arm chairs as the LIRR CEDF3CF3-01CD-4F21-8C74-54BA34D41E65641FB845-D5F7-4A1A-BBBE-B052CA0C5921B4BF5211-9B81-4379-B100-66FA1E4D090BAA015678-8E9B-4C0B-B57C-37648FCE805D568F3C1B-3DD2-449D-A51B-A6A4ED40496FD82E9C06-6CDF-45BC-AE61-962658D93E204B9740B9-B805-4D39-A031-3A9790BD23D9D068C7C3-947F-4DD4-A92E-B1BE86C03E11C50E2C85-ABE7-4E8B-BEDD-4AAA034EB772B9FFDC2E-B10A-4888-B0D1-CD2218EA3C7FF3272743-0018-4688-9BB0-3814694807E3BA4F73CF-EBAC-4B40-9E2E-C0BA6F6122E38AB312C7-E965-42FF-9E81-E91FF0ABCEB9B108790D-0935-49A5-BE84-1DBEB155904B8C2FC817-EA95-4B05-86E8-33898FC3B9304EEFAB16-91FA-49B6-9720-03388F0D6E91F1BE25A8-1EEA-4F6C-BCB0-6809ECA9113CD3A0153C-6348-4FB9-8057-AD032351EB54FEA3C27B-EB2D-4E71-B919-221F85B4D334BEEC295C-E059-43D8-99C4-C82D4A3908808217E6A5-FA50-4764-A4D0-FE2C4FD5D209 had these cars on the Montauk Cannon  ball The final photos let you compare    the car I detailed vs a car just out of the box



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Very nice work on both sets. As noted, the figures that don't come from Lionel (or K-Line) that are sold by far eastern suppliers are on the big side. The best figures in terms of fit in these interiors are those that were produced for MTH under the Railing brand. You can still get large packs of the unpainted figures; the sets of painted figures are harder to come by and not cheap. I don't think that MTH issues the sets any more but MTH O scale passenger cars come fitted with them.

VistaDomeScott posted:

Nice looking cars,  both of your sets!  Nice work.  Would the  type cars Lionel has out have seen Alco FA power?  

The LIRR ran lot's of different power during this period. They had many FA/B sets, most second hand from other RR's. They also used ALCO RS-3's and C-420's as power. The Scoot trains used FA's equipped with cab controls in a push-pull config so that they didn't have to turn trains at the terminals. These locos were re-built by GE to provide 650 VDC only. The traction motors were removed as well.



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Amfleet25124 posted:

Quick questions to both FJI and Jeremy.

Did you use acrylic or enamel paints on your interiors?  Do you, or any other OGR members, have a preference?


we use cheapest acrylic we can find.   I don’t have much experience with others. I think the acrylic would be hard to be in this situation due to there forgiving nature.    We’re good with acrylics.   sir brush is the next step for us.   

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