I've been tinkering with a couple of things. First, I'm "Zenking" a factory painted Proto 2000 GP9 Phase III shell decorated for the Cotton Belt. I'm adding the SP light cluster, metal grabs and lift rings to replace the delrin parts. Correct horn in the correct location and detail painting the shell.
The Southern Pacific SD9E rolls along.
The detailing on the short hood is finished. I replaced the delrin ladder with an etched Plano ladder kit. You assemble the ladder and solder the rungs which is 0.010" brass wire.
The cab is also finished.
Started on the rear pilot detailing. The cut bars are scratch and not finished, still needs the loop over the coupler. I got the snow plow in place, but it needs the foot steps removed. Still needs the drop step and MU signal hoses.
I pulled a quick one and decided to model the 4350. It has icicle breakers but true to Southern Pacific maintenance it lost a cap top dynamic brake fan for a flat top which you'd find as a cooling fan on a GP30 or SD/GP35.
Here are three cars that I finished this past week, that I have been working on for a while.
Branchline 1000B Boxcar Kit with Full Fishbelly Side Sill, Used the Despatch Roofs and Ends as these cars were built at the Despatch Shops. Substituted an Athearn 10' YSD from their Railbox kit and extended the door quides to accomodate the 10' wide door, also used the 4 rung ladders from a another kit instead of the grabs in the Branchline kit to match the photos of this car. Installed Details West Cushion Underframe Coupler Pockets. Painted with Floquil Jade Green and lettered with Highball Graphics decals.
Eastern Car Works 2600CF Airslide Covered Hopper Kit, added airlines and A-line Sill Steps, painted with Scalecoat II MOW Gray and lettered with Microscale Decals in the early paint scheme.
Atlas 23,500Gal Tank Car Kit, painted with Scalecoat II Black and lettered with Highball Graphics decals.
Thanks for looking!
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I've been working on a diorama of the Spencer, North Carolina turntable and stall tracks to snap some photos of my 20 Norfolk Southern Heritage SD70ACes and ES44ACs, plus the NS #1030 SD70ACe. I have all 10 Intermountain sound units and I am waiting on Athearn to release the SD70ACes and then I can complete the project and possibly add it to my layout later. No current plans for a roundhouse, too much work and nothing is accurate enough.
I hand painted the handrails on the turntable bridge to match the NS photo. I also painted the turntable pit wall white to match the prototype.
Last Edit: Sept 1, 2013 11:08:15 GMT -8 by jlwii2000
OK, so they are standard F unit number boards. I was imaging them looking bigger and fatter than they are. Need some ugly looking numberboards to eventually build a few D&RGW modified FT units. I'm not sure from what I remember if there is any off-the-shelf solution available on those.