I have secured a little Lionel 2-axle switcher at a great price and, since my original use for it quickly fell through, I've decided I'm going to use it as a small project engine. I'm all thumbs, mechanically inept, and electronically illiterate. Hence, this project will be my first serious foray into dis-assembing any engine (beyond popping off shells) and doing any custom paint.
My goal is to make this a simple Ford Motor Company switcher. The simplest prototype Ford switcher I've been able to find was this GE 132-tonner but I'm thinking I'm simply gonna go with all black a la this K-line Plymouth or all blue like what forum member SWC did with white decal logo and numbers (note I already own the orange K-line MP-15). The all black scheme would also match much of my Ford rolling stock.
Not sure how well I'm gonna be able to pull this off and (for now) I don't have any other projects in mind. So for this one, I'm thinking I use Testor's spray cans (instead of an air brush) with primer and matte black or royal blue. Will also need white water transfer decal paper and sealer. As the link I had saved for white water transfer decal paper is long dead, any suggestions for a preferred white water transfer decal paper would be helpful.
So any advice for a first timer to make it easier? Less likely to screw up? Any hints or tricks I need to know? Any and all advice is appreciated.
Thanks in advance!