I decided to hold off on the detail until I can get some more parts from BrinkLink so I figured I will give the coloring on the tender a shot.
This is my first attempt at doing the yellow/dark blue curve. It turned out okay, but it is by no means the final version. I used 1×2 jumper plates to make the curve more gradual, but then it left me with 1/2 stud gaps which I couldn’t figure out how to fill.
My original plan was to use cheese slopes snotted in to give me a smooth curve. However, the pieces that I need to attach them do not exist in dark blue. There are only headlight bricks and no bricks that have a stud(s) on the side. There are not even any brackets in dark blue that will work.
I have a couple more ideas that I am going to try, but at least I got it started. from a distance it doesn’t look too bad, but up close, ouch! Plus I am lacking in dark blue bricks which is the reason for all of the black at the front.