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CodyO
30th Dec 2014, 03:09 PM
Almost finished with my MP54 project

Shell has been mounted to power mech
http://i852.photobucket.com/albums/ab81/CodyOrr/N%20Scale%20modeling/New%20Engines/MP54/6208543F-2FCB-4110-979C-DE9727616E5F_zpsjptpzcwz.jpg (http://s852.photobucket.com/user/CodyOrr/media/N%20Scale%20modeling/New%20Engines/MP54/6208543F-2FCB-4110-979C-DE9727616E5F_zpsjptpzcwz.jpg.html)
Pantos have been installed
http://i852.photobucket.com/albums/ab81/CodyOrr/N%20Scale%20modeling/New%20Engines/MP54/937D05A4-2424-452A-85F7-92638286EC92_zpshcxxnhon.jpg (http://s852.photobucket.com/user/CodyOrr/media/N%20Scale%20modeling/New%20Engines/MP54/937D05A4-2424-452A-85F7-92638286EC92_zpshcxxnhon.jpg.html)
And shaved off the molded on grab irons and replaced with gold medal model grab irons
http://i852.photobucket.com/albums/ab81/CodyOrr/N%20Scale%20modeling/New%20Engines/MP54/E8EA7B68-E059-4053-AEAD-47F059AA6091_zpsc4ofsxpp.jpg (http://s852.photobucket.com/user/CodyOrr/media/N%20Scale%20modeling/New%20Engines/MP54/E8EA7B68-E059-4053-AEAD-47F059AA6091_zpsc4ofsxpp.jpg.html)

Next they'll go back to PA to be painted by my dad and have DCC installed

Vince P
30th Dec 2014, 03:27 PM
Very nice looking sparkers have a video with some night shots boy can those cracker boxes light up the night kinda cool though.

If they have wood window frames make sure that the metroliners don't blow out the mp54's Windows

baronjutter
30th Dec 2014, 08:04 PM
Looks like quite a bit of flashing around the windows.

CodyO
30th Dec 2014, 10:25 PM
Yeah thats been a pain to clean up still trying to get it all off

E44A
11th Feb 2015, 03:07 AM
Great project! Would like to see photos of it painted!

Trentbradbury
11th Feb 2015, 12:19 PM
looks nice... would love to see a video of the car running...

O&W Double Cab
12th Mar 2016, 01:45 PM
Hello, Cody.

I have started an MP-54 project myself but am stuck on how to power it! What make and model motorized chassis did you end up using?

Mine will be a Long Island Railroad version without catenaries. I hope to model the Whitestone Branch of the LIRR which was abandoned in order to construct the Cross Island Parkway for the 1939 New York World's Fair. I grew up right next to the old ROW.

Thanks!

CodyO
12th Mar 2016, 03:03 PM
Hey Nick,
I see your shells are also in rough shape like mine where
I`m actually decaling my MP`s right now so I`ll have some pictures later

O&W Double Cab
12th Mar 2016, 07:55 PM
Hey Nick,
I see your shells are also in rough shape like mine where
I`m actually decaling my MP`s right now so I`ll have some pictures later
Yes, Cody, the shell is definitely rough around the edges.

I plan to paint the shell Tuscan with a black roof after adding lights on the roof. The trick will be to find a source for decals for the "LONG ISLAND" in gold lettering above the windows. I just ordered a motorized chassis this afternoon. Thanks again for the advice!

Rwerner
12th Mar 2016, 08:20 PM
Where are you guys getting these shells? They look like they are resin... so old Island Modelworks stuff?

I could use a trainset or two of MP54s for displaying on my short section of PRR mainline track... of course my slogging crusade to rebuild myself a fleet of P70R coaches from old Lima heavyweights takes precedence. The first one is almost ready. I really think I need to start doing these in batches otherwise it'll take forever.

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O&W Double Cab
13th Mar 2016, 02:03 PM
Where are you guys getting these shells? They look like they are resin... so old Island Modelworks stuff?

I could use a trainset or two of MP54s for displaying on my short section of PRR mainline track... of course my slogging crusade to rebuild myself a fleet of P70R coaches from old Lima heavyweights takes precedence. The first one is almost ready. I really think I need to start doing these in batches otherwise it'll take forever.

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Exactly, Rwerner.
I ordered my shell from Island Modelworks several years ago when they were still in stock.
Nick

jimil
13th Mar 2016, 03:19 PM
There is a Shapeways version. It's in Frosted Extreme Detail, if 50 bucks for a 3-d printed shell alone is your thing.

http://www.shapeways.com/product/9U26432U4/n-mp54-version-1?li=shop-results&optionId=57784822

CodyO
13th Mar 2016, 04:03 PM
Yeah Island modelworks doubt they have any more as mine were very rough and was definitely near the end of the molds life.



Rwerner what did you do for those P70`s?
As far as the add ons shapeway`s trucks and stairs?
Enjoy the stripes they are a B*&^%

Rwerner
13th Mar 2016, 06:03 PM
Rwerner what did you do for those P70`s?
As far as the add ons shapeway`s trucks and stairs?
Enjoy the stripes they are a B*&^%

Well, it's been a fairly involved project, but here's a rundown of everything I've added onto the original model:

- styrene strips and sheets for plating over windows, eliminating the inset belt below the windows, extending the center sill, and for rebuilding the end doors
- styrene rods and metal pinheads for roof vents
- 2D-P5 trucks from Shapeways (modified to accept Micro-Trains bolster pins)
- Micro-Trains bolster pins and adapter ring
- Micro-Trains wheels (to be upgraded to metal later)
- Micro-Trains 1016 medium shank couplers
- American Limited heavyweight diaphragms
- Resin casts of underbody parts from PRR-Parts
- Homemade resin cast/sheet styrene composite end stairwells (I made resin casts from a mold taken from the end stairwells from a Micro-Trains heavyweight coach, then use sheet styrene to repair imperfections caused by bubbles in the castings)

I actually have a few more mods to do:

- Brass/stainless steel wire grab irons
- More styrene for further rebuilding of the car end walls (I realized late that the car end walls need to extend lower than they do on the original model because the original needed clearance for the truck-mounted Rapido couplers)
- Clear styrene for new window glazing
- Archer louvers for AC vents
- Small-scale machine screws and styrene block for securing the roof (the original model had window glazing integral to the roof which used friction to hold it all in place but since I am replacing the glazing I will be using screws disguised as the restroom vents to hold the roof on)
- New interior insert from scratch (not all of these old cars came with interiors and the existing insert leaves much to be desired so I'm going to make a new master then make castings of it)

Actually writing all of that down makes realize I'm further from the painting booth than I thought. At least I'm not doing interior lighting...

pbender
14th Mar 2016, 12:17 PM
Well, it's been a fairly involved project, but here's a rundown of everything I've added onto the original model:

- 2D-P5 trucks from Shapeways (modified to accept Micro-Trains bolster pins)


Thanks for the heads up on those. Just last night, I was looking at the pile of parts I've been collecting for some PRR P70 and
MPB70 upgrades I've been collecting for a few years now, and realized the trucks for the coaches is all I am really missing.

I'm not going quite to quite the super-detailed level you are, but I'll have some nice coaches and a combine or two to go with a collection of other
prototypically correct PRR passenger cars I own. I decided years ago I wanted to do round roof versions of the P70s, so I have a few of those
from PRR parts.

Paul