Every once-in-awhile there's a watershed moment in model railroading; this is one of those moments. We have been receiving an unprecedented stream of inquires about drop-shipping Dash9-44CWLs from your favorite hobby shop for weathering (and in some cases ESU V5 DCC installs).
We are VERY familiar with the prototype as we see them often in the flesh. Prototypical heavy weathering on these units is very challenging as it is different for each road number and modelling era and cab paint is hand-painted. Each model will be separately quoted depending on your requirements. A line has formed for this service.
Volume discounts do not apply to heavily weathered CN and BC Rail Dash9-44CWLs with fading/paint peeling; they are just far too labor-intensive. However, we will still offer 15% off bulk orders for light or medium units.
The faded paint on these models is extremely difficult to match; having consideration for their Tertiary Hue, Value and Saturation. It's very difficult to apply as well to make it look 'just right.' I have been formulating the proper CN and BCR faded shades to match our prototype photos taken over the years. It has been a challenging exercise but we think it's been well worth the effort.
We know you want your models ASAP...but...we still have regular customer weathering to execute. We will attempt to balance existing production with new Dash9s as best as we can.
If you prefer ESU LokSound in your Dash9s, please be advised we are currently out of V5 sound decoders until (hopefully) this month! (we do have a few 21pin non-sound V4 LokPilots in stock). We can, however, upgrade your DCC ready model for you if you can provide the 21 pin decoder and sugar cube speakers. The ESU sound is excellent for these burbling beasts.
Factory equipped Tsunami2 sound units have a hard-wired proprietary motherboard and we do not offer ESU upgrades on those units.
If you are willing to wait patiently for your awesome Dash9-44CWL models your patience will be rewarded!
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See plenty of prototype photos for these units at http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.aspx?mid=150
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