I used ScaleCoat CN Olive Green Paint for the body, Tamiya Flat Black for the roof and under frame bits. The decals are from the Microscale, the CNSIG set in particular.
The rivets are a combination of MicroMark and Archer. There are at least 2500 of those little guys on it!
It sounds like a lot but it was only three evenings work to put on all the rivets. One for the ends and then one for each of the sides, spending about two hours or so per.
The Mail room windows are Tichy Work Car frames with the sill removed. Using 0.010" x 0.030" styrene a frame was added to the top of the outer portion to make these into single hung windows. The Tichy muttons were not used, instead the glass was slid between the upper new framing and the rabbet in the Tichy window that would normally receive the muttons. The Bars are brass wire held in some styrene block that I milled grooves into to space them correctly. These are simply then glued to the inside of the car. The mail room windows also got a coat Testors Dullcoat to frost them.
The roof is held on with magnets, a method I will be using again.
I am very happy with how this car came out. It's the first passenger car I have modelled and I can't wait to get started on some more. It really pushed my modelling skills up a notch.
Being a more complex build, it forced me to slow down and put more into the planning before each step was taken.
At a minimum I have new found skills in working with styrene and decal rivets. I also have a better understanding of passenger car details, and figured out a method to reproduce roof panel lines.
All of these new skills will make tackling other projects easier while resetting the bar for what I can achieve.
I even spent some time figuring out the white balance settings on my camera, so I can take better pictures. Hopefully this has removed a road block, in me submitting a magazine article in the future.