Apr 232013
 

Here are a few snapshots of the TCWR 409 on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  I plan to weather this unit later on this week.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

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TCWR 409 rounds a bend on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 rounds a bend on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad. The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad. The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad. The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

 

Mar 272013
 

DSC_4265Now that I am free of one big Progressive Rail project, I am free to pursue other interests in the hobby.  Tonight, I installed eye bolts (Details Associates) in the holes I drilled in the top of the long hood.   Places to drill were previously denoted by “bumps” that represented the eyebolts molded on the shell.   The older Japan-made Atlas/Kato GP7 had molded on grabs.  This is an example of such, so I shaved them off and drilled holes for Details Associates wire grab irons.

Stay tuned for a future post when I remove the 3M blue painters tape and reveal what colors this unit will be.

Mar 242013
 

Here’s a nearly completed project I’ve been working on for my friend Alan S, who I operate with once a month.

These switchers came from original Athearn Missouri Pacific units. Alan stripped the original decals from the model, leaving a very similar blue to what is used on the PGR units. Alan had already determined that he wanted to do PGR 36 and PGR 38. I was in luck because photos of both these units are plentiful online. Action points included:

  • Painted the side sills and running boards engine black
  • Set Highball Graphics decals on the models
  • Replaced the stock blue truck sideframes with Athearn flexcoil trucks (also airbrushed engine black before installation).
  • Painted the wheels and couplers roof brown to simulate rust and dirt.
  • Added a rooftop air conditioner on PGR 36. I used a Santa Fe style one which I know is probably not right, but rooftop shots of this unit are in short supply.
  • Added all-weather windows on the engineers side only
  • Moved the firecracker antenna on PGR 36
  • Painted the handrail ends and step edges reefer white
  • Custom fabricated spark arrestors, starting with 3/16″ brass tubing, tube styrene, and on the PGR 36, some plastic washers out of a Kadee coupler kit.
  • Cut sheet styrene to fit the CP placards for the handrails near the noses of both engines.
  • Lightly weathered the whole model with Polly-S Roof Brown

Having handrails already molded in MP blue was nice, but I didn’t feel that starting with decorated units in this case bought us a whole lot. There were a few bumps in the road to completing this project, but overall, I feel like they have turned out well. Here are the units on my layout.

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Mar 142013
 

Yes, I’ve been thinking about getting a nose job.   Those model railroaders reading this know that decent chop-nosed first generation EMD diesels are in short supply in the HO scale market.  The crux of the problem is that EMD built almost no  GP7 or GP9 locomotives with low short hoods.  DSC_4119 So modelers are left to fend for themselves or use out of date models that don’t look good or run particularly well.

So, I took my first shot at a chop nose this weekend.   I’ve got some body work left to do.   But I thought I’d give you a first look.  Here is my chopped Atlas GP7 in HO scale.  For the front of the cab, I just used the front of an Athearn GP38-2 cab.   I shaved the cab front off and filed it down to match the early EMD round roof contour.

Eventually, I want to build myself a pair of BN GP10 locomotives.  These will be non-dynamic shells, so this one is just practice.