Here's the second (see the first here: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...c/142200849188091701 ) of my "junker" MTH Premier steam transformations (first was my previously posted ATSF 3460 class Hudson). This one started life as a MTH Premier Western Pacific GS64 road number 486: https://mthtrains.com/20-3062-1 It came to me with no boards. Just an empty shell with motor. Tender was just a shell with no chassis. I was able to locate a PS1 GS4 tender chassis to complete the tender. So here's what I started with.
The tender had quite a few nicks and scratches so I ended up sanding them out and repainting it satin black.
After that I turned my attention to the locomotive. The stripes on the pilot were nicked up. A little masking tape, a fine line paint brush, and some silver Testors paint and they were back in order.
The headlamp number boards needed to have the road number changed to 4460, the number I picked because 4460 still exists. I removed the factory numbers and replaced them with some decals I made.
Like my previous ATSF 3460 class Hudson project this was getting a PS3 steam upgrade kit. I used 3mm warm white LEDs to illuminate everything so I could run all the lighting off the headlamp circuit.
After that I was time to install the PS3 kit. I had to make a mount for the tether connector in the locomotive from a piece of sheet styrene, as the factory PS2 5V mount was different than the one in the PS3 kit.
After that It was cab and tender shell decal time. I used the same guy who made decals for my ATSF Hudson project. Silver, or in SP speak "lettering gray" decals are almost non existent. The only commercial ones are white, which is not accurate for a GS class locomotive. So I had some silver ones made up.
Here's the finished product, complete with PS3 and a quillable whistle.
This SP GS6 and the ATSF 3460 Hudson were concurrent projects that both took about 4 months. Fun projects and more entertaining for me than just opening a NIB locomotive. I doubt this is my last rebuild/redo project.