Over the weekend I managed to get the GHQ Log Loader painted. I learnt the hard way not to prime anything you want to paint yellow, with grey primer. It took around 10 coats of paint to build up the opacity of the yellow paint. Next time I will prime with white. I even painted the figure in the kit. So far this poor soul is the only figure on the layout. I guess he will have to run the locomotives and do switchman duties also. Maybe I should get some some other workers to help him with his workload.
I painted the hydraulic cylinder pistons silver using a silver Sharpie marker. It covered in one coat and with no paint build up that would make them appear even thicker. I did a bit of weathering on the radiator grills and wheels. I may weather it a bit more, but I don't want to over do it. Tom Patterson asked how big the loader is, so I included a couple of photos of the loader on my cutting mat which has inch graduations. The loader is 1" wide by 3 3/4" long including the grip forks. This was one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on for the layout. So much so that I'm going to order a GHQ front end loader kit.