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A WARNING ABOUT BACHMANN'S TEXACO TANK CAR LETTERING

DATE- DEC 2017

I recently (Dec 2017) mailed ordered a Bachmann TEXACO Tank car. Photos of it in their catalog and the seller's site both showed it to have the road number missing (i.e.: TCX - blank). Unusual, but I figured it would not be hard to add one. Once I had it, I discovered something to BEWARE of: the lettering on this car is very delicate! A slight fingernail scrape with take off the lettering, as I soon found out. Having damaged the end lettering this way, I now had a project on my hands. I scraped off the 'TCX' on the ends and sides, as I couldn't get a size match with decals (existing TCX to a new road number). I then sprayed the whole thing with clear gloss to save the rest of the lettering. The gloss crazed some the lettering on one end, so I had to tape off and spray the whole end (except the '10-20 pond release lettering) and sprayed it silver (silver matches easy), glossed it and made a matching set of decals. I also made a set of decals for the 'TCX' and new road number. Then sealed it all with Dullcote. So if you buy a Bachmann tank car as described above, be prepared for some work. I don't know how many this may apply to, but use caution until you can do a small, insignificant scratch test.

 

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Removed 'TCX' so new road number would match it in size Removed "TCX' lettering end
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Duplicated the original lettering on end and added new road number

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