This weekend I wrapped up the last big project on the layout, the harbor tug. It was hard to pick which color scheme to go with given there are so many striking prototype options, the NY Dock and Erie being favorites. Now that I see the finished vessel on the layout going with the New York Central scheme was the right play in terms of contrasting with the existing scenery without being too over the top.
The Sylvan kit is really well done and comes at a bargain price to boot. If I were willing to allocate more time to the project I would have rooted around online for more aftermarket etched brass fittings, especially the ladders and stairs. I would also have bit the bullet in the patience department and gone with the kit supplied etched hand rail stanchions instead of using a substitute from my scrap box.