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Just received two LIONEL 2532-style vista domes that Christine Braden painted for me and she did a superb job.  First, she matched the dark green of the Raymond Loewy two-tone green of the Northern Pacific's "North Coast Limited" that I had applied to a five-car set and PW F-3 train (w/o a dome car) about 20 years ago.  This dome project was undertaken because LIONEL finally offered (and I discovered after a decade hiatus from trains) an offset, 15" dome car with the UP anniversary set--the PW 2532's and their successors were all center domed and in my semi-prototype discipline back then I would not use one of those for my NP NCL train.

Not only did Christine do a great job matching the color and masking all of those windows, the also suggested applying a translucent tinted film to the interior of the domes to mimic the prototypes.

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In addition to the dark green dome, she also did a red one that I will use in another project--photos on that will come later.

Props to VistaDomeScott are due because it was his detailed photos published on the forum of his beautiful Auto-Train (and its numberous domes) that led me to ask about his painter--Christine Braden.  Likewise, the tinted dome windows came from his project as well.

With the dome painted, with matching paint provided by Christine, and with the custom NP NCL decals from LBR on hand, I can now "complete" my NP NCL.  I say "complete" because there is one more important project that Christine is helping me with.

So, again, thanks Christine and Scott.

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Carl,

I am glad to have connected you with Christine.   Her custom painting is a bit addicting though.  You will find yourself sending more equipment over to Pennsylvania!  

Christine is amazing!  She just finished the final 3 cars for my Cuyahoga Valley (CVSR) set.

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Over the past 6 months I have tried contacting her via e-mail and telephone answering machine messages, but never received a response.  One of my club  members advised that it was difficult to establish contact with her, but once you were successful it was well worth the effort.  I am aware of her Facebook page, but for  variety of reasons do not use social media.

Any suggestions as to another method of contacting Christine?

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What adhesive dies Christine use to attach the tinted film to the dome interior ?

Thxnks in advance !!!

@CBQ Bill, Christine uses a clear vinyl commercial product, Ukromax L5060 10mil Solvent/UV printable, that has an adhesive backing and the color is applied via an HP 360 latex printer.  She cuts the large, printed sheet material to fit the domes.

 

 

Over the past 6 months I have tried contacting her via e-mail and telephone answering machine messages, but never received a response.  One of my club  members advised that it was difficult to establish contact with her, but once you were successful it was well worth the effort.  I am aware of her Facebook page, but for  variety of reasons do not use social media.

Any suggestions as to another method of contacting Christine?

Can't speak to problems reaching her.  She recently moved her residence which put a hold on much of her regular activity.  And I know she has plenty of work in addition to her full-time job.

I'm always reluctant to comment on problems with email response time since often it is the content of the email which causes the delay; e.g., lack of specificity in request; overly generalized notion of the project--you get the idea.  And that's not Christine talking--that's just my experience with similar communication problems.

No magic pill to offer--try her again via email and her phone number.  If your project is for something in a scale smaller than O, she'll likely refer you to another painter/decorator.  

 

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