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E44A
21st Feb 2013, 02:39 AM
So it all began about 3 weeks ago, when I mentioned about the AEM7 in a chat with Mike...

http://www.shapeways.com/model/934959/n-aem7-loco-body-amtrak-septa-marc.html?li=cart&materialId=61

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Just ordered my copy! A close-enough and cheap chassis would be the Japanese ED-75.

Tom's homepage
http://railroad.tomhirano.com/amtrak-model/

ronhelvey
21st Feb 2013, 09:41 AM
Will you be buying one of these shells? If so, please do a review for us. I'm looking at the FM H10-44 shell, but am still a bit leery about the overall finish, and my ability to finish and paint it properly. Keep us posted!

E44A
21st Feb 2013, 11:16 AM
Sure Ron, in fact I have already ordered one. It should come in about 3 weeks.

I believe you have seen my E44; I have primed too heavily on it to remove the printing lines. This time I will use a finer primer and sandpaper. Stay tuned!


- Roland

baronjutter
21st Feb 2013, 01:28 PM
Interested to see what the real product looks like and how it all looks painted and motored.

eric220
24th Feb 2013, 12:27 PM
I'm very interested to see this one come together. I need to finish my E44 before even considering taking on one of these, but I might be interested.

schill
25th Feb 2013, 09:04 AM
I'd like to pick up one of these, but I'm interested in seeing what mechanisms people are considering first (since it wasn't designed for anything specific).

E44A
9th Mar 2013, 09:11 PM
Just for a little update, my AEM-7 has finally arrived on Weds.
I am surprised at how tiny the Swedish meatball is - it is actually slightly shorter than a 50' boxcar!:rolleyes:

Cleaned it up with alcohol and primed with Model Master acyclic primer - it is a very fine primer, great for N scale.

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There were some printing lines on the nose and side doors, but the corrupted sides are perfectly printed.
I removed the lines with 3M superfine sanding pad and re-primed for several times. After that they are basically gone.
The roof details fit great - all snapped on tightly.:p

My only complaint is that the shell material is too thin - it came slightly bent (need to reinforce with metal strips).
Otherwise it is a great model, there is much less clean-up than the E44 that I bought 1 year ago. I believe Shapesways has improved its printing process.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8542797619_6d48fd8142_h.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8543896828_ccbcedb23c_h.jpg

The chassis will be either a KATO or TOMIX ED75/79. The length is correct and the trucks look similar. Running performance is: Latest Tomix release > KATO > Old Tomix. They are all not DCC ready but the motor is isolated.

jpdgermany
10th Mar 2013, 06:02 AM
Hi!

AFAIK the AEM-7 is based on the swedish Rc Series. These locos are available in N scale from Fleischmann. Not cheap and the construction is a little bit older, but maybe an alternative for the chassis...

http://www.fleischmann.de/de/product/161142-0-0-2-3-0-0-002002/products.html

Regards
Jens