New project! All started back in February when I went to the hobby shop, and came across a Bachmann 70T yellow and black locomotive with no road name. It was already DCC, and was fairly cheap, but I didn't know much about the model. All I knew is that it would make a nice little industrial switcher for my layout. So I went home, read some reviews, and went back the very next day. Ha! He who hesitates eh? So now I scoured the internet and ebay trying to find a Bachmann 70T. I'm modelling modern era, but I don't mind, to me and my train set layout, it was plausible that in this industry they still had an old 70T switcher. But nothing, just can't find another of these little guys. Okay, what other switchers could I find? The Bachmann was already painted, just no road name, so I started looking for undecorated locomotives. As the title suggests, I found one of the new Paragon4 Broadway Limited NW2, undecorated. Lately, I've been getting a lot more confortable opening up engines (sound installation in Kato ES44AC, adding capacitors to the Rapido GMD-1), so I thought, why not?! Still not modern, but I like the looks of this model, it'll do! I only thought of starting a "build" thread today, so I didn't think to take a picture of the loco when I received it. But that's where it stands today... total disassembly! I did run the engine beforehand, and it works only okay. There's something wrong with the the trucks, sounds like a coffee grinder. Considering that there was a lot of flash on the side frames of the trucks that was contacting the wheels, I figure that I'll take more care in reassembling the trucks and get them running smoothly. Plus, with the trucks off, I did power the motor, and it was running incredibly smoothly and super silent; so I know where the problem lies. This is my very first undecorated engine, and I'm a bit surprised that the manufacturer doesn't make it easier on the buyer. To be able to wash the bottom frame (can't paint it with oil all over the frame), I had to desolder the wires from the trucks, else I couldn't remove the motor and decoder from the frame. Plus, the silly windows were glued into the cab!! Luckily there was only a bit of glue, and I was able to cleanly separate the window panes out of the cab. As for paint scheme, I'm not yet entirely decided. I do know I want some chevron stripes on the front/back, and it needs to be yellow. So to that end I've bought microscale decals - a set of chevrons, and a sheet of EMD/GE locomotive data / builder plates. I don't know if I'll put an industry road name on it yet. Though I am maybe thinking of using the Xstrata mining company. This switcher will be in my Zinc mine tracks. Would be yellow and black... (Image linked from Canadian Railway Observations website, here) Obviously not an NW2, and Xstrata would have "modern" switchers I suppose, but maybe I don't mind, I've heard some people say it was my railroad right? Anyway, it's a good starting point for a yellow and black paint job.