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Alright gentlemen,
I have a shay that i pull a dull coat of black on but im bored with that. I ordered up a kit of the "rust all" colors and am curious to what i should do with the engine. I know there is a lot of talent on this board and was wondering if ya'll could show off what you got for some ideas. Much thanks in advance!

I also have a bunch of little tools etc to use to detail it. Any ideas would be great

Matt
 

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This my Shay that I used the Rust All on. I may have overdid it a bit but looks like its been it the woods alot. I pretty much followed the instructions that came with the four parts. You always brush it off and start over again. I did not have just a pic of the Shay. Hopes this helps you decide what to do.
 

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Wow, thanks for all the great pictures. Getting some good ideas now. I want to make the engine look "worn out" but still used on a normal basis. As far as i see it, its going to take some work.

Thanks again

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I am very familiar with working Shays, as I rob the trains regularly at Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad in Felton, California. I have decorated my 2-truck and 3-truck Shay to copy (as close as possible) the No. 1 and No. 7 at Roaring Camp. I didn't rust 'em up much, as the prototypes are not too rusty. The engine crews keep them in good shape. Nut-Bolt-Washers on the Pilot and the Tender ends have tendency to get rusty as do the bolts on the Firebox, so do the couplers on the outside non-mating surfaces. What is very apparent on a running Shay is dripping water and oil. All steam blow-offs and vents drip water. Every moving part is shiny with oil. the whole impression is swerling steam, dripping water, and puddles of oil. A little Gloss paint runnig down from the high spots looks good and and overall wash of dust is nice. Mine looks like Jack Thomson's picture above. Not as nicely done, but you get the idea.
 
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