OK this is a really sad story, and partly my fault, but. I am searching for help. I took my HALLMARK 4-8-4 out to add a little touch up to it, and finish the gloss on the pain job.
After I got the gloss coat on, I realized, I was to let it sit for 24 hours to dry. So I figured it would be safe sitting on my hobby table, which, up to this point, nothing on it had been touched.
I got up early to take my son to work, and he let his Siberian husky out, which was the normal routine. And while I was gone, she, obviously attracted to the smell of the fresh paint. took the Brass locomotive in her mouth, carried it to the living room floor, and proceeded to chew it up. I was lucky I caught it in time, before she swallowed the entire engine, but, the damage is not very extensive, there is still damage. The walkway on the firemans side is torn about halfway off. and the rest is just bent railings here and there. as well as the front dummy coupler, is off, but not damaged.
If there is anyone here who is an expert at fixing brass models. And would be willing and able to help me out. Please let me know. $1500 dollars has been invested into this model and is the center piece of my future layout. I would really lie to have it fixed.
Thanks for reading, and am anxiously awaiting hearing from someone who can rescue this fine piece of FRISCO Machinery. Although it isn't up to par to the Glacier Park Models released last year. It was a gift from my wife. and she is clearly upset. I ordered one of the GPM 4-8-4's, but apparently I was forgotten in the shuffle of things.
Please let me know what it will cost me to fix this engine to where it will at least not look like it was damaged.