Peter Zimmermann Collection
R.55-CN GM F7 Diesel Locomotive & R.115-CN Caboose
Peter has obtained these
two models. They are Tri-ang Pre-Production versions of the Canadian
National range that were produced for the Canadian market by Tri-ang in
the UK as there were no manufacturing facilities in Canada.
|R.55-CN GM F7 Diesel Locomotive
|On close inspection it can be seen that this model is an overpaint of a standard R.55 model of the period. These models were moulded in grey plastic with a red oversprayed nose and red stripes running along the lower body. They carried the yellow 'whiskers' on the front of the cab and Transcontinental lettering in yellow along the sides.
|Standard livery model of the period
|It is easy to see the Transcontinental lettering under the re-paint
|Masked off Cab window surround and roof with tape before spraying the red nose. 'Ragged' edges and re-touching can be seen
|Red paint and Grey plastic showing through and hand painted number.
|Yellow 'Whisker' paint and Grey plastic showing through
The re-paint process is described by Peter.
model maker started with the body
of a silver-grey TC loco with “Transcontinental”
is clear that the first step was the spraying of the entire body
exterior in semi-gloss black. The next step was to spray the cab
using the standard mask of the time for their red cab TC version however
(because of differences between the TC and the CN cabs) before putting
the mask into position they masked off the cab window surrounds and roof
with tape. Because the spray mask for the TC model did not allow
for a triangular red area behind the cab doors this was then painted by
hand as well as a couple of touch-up spots along the edge of where the
tape had been applied. Next; the diagonal white side stripes were
masked and sprayed followed by the hand painting of all markings. The clear
plastic window insert and metal horns were removed and replaced to
facilitate the spray painting process.
of the above leads to the conclusion that this was a factory produced
Photos and information courtesy Peter Zimmermann from Vintage Toy Oasis
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