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    Another Delaware and Hudson patch-job, this time an ex-Reading GP-39-2 almost look-alike.



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    I like them D&H patches!

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    Dick, what did you use to make the GP39-2?

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    Ike, without going into construction detail by detail, I will probably be verbose enough as it is! I started with a Walthers/Lifelike GP-38-2, latest edition with the metal frame. I like this loco, having six of them, and it lends itself well to modifications. I'm somewhat lazy, and not a rivet counter, so in most cases, "close enough" is "good enough" for me. I wanted to have a GP-39-2 on my D&H roster so, after doing a little research, and seeing others' efforts, I determined the most obvious detail between the GP-38-2 and GP-39-2 is the dynamic brake blister. Redesigning and fabricating a new blister is beyond my talents and patience so, I went in search of a substitute that could be had cheaply and easily. Last year, I came into possession of three of those ugly Readers Digest Hi Speed GP 30-something-or-others and the dynamic brake blister looked "close enough". The blister on the Walthers GP-38-2 will snap out easily (they also sell a model without DB). Using rail nippers, I cut out the blister from the long hood on the Hi Speed model. Then, through sanding, filing, carving, and a little patience, I was able to fit the new blister into the Walthers shell. Last year, I bashed a GP-39-2 this way (#7404) and was pleased with the results. When I saw a photo of one of the ex-Reading units, patched, and before D&H paint, I decided I "had to have one" on my roster. The attached photos show two GP-38-2s alongside my first GP-39-2 bash and you can see the difference in "the look", and a view of the loco with the original blister removed alongside the two blisters. A third photo shows a GP-39-2 paired with a GP-38-2 on my layout. Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbechard View Post
    I was just reading about this same topic earlier this week. It seems to depend on the railroad and the year of the paint job. Era that you're modelling plays into it too. Looks like the FRA mandated the a rule about contrasting colors on vertical hand holds and steps edges in late 60's.
    So, it seems like I have some handrail painting to do on my two Santa Fe SD40-2s.

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    I didn't build this one for me, but I did build it. This is a Randgust kit, built up for the TCWR. I didn't go all out accurate on this one, I went for a close enough will work on this one. It took me 16 hours to get to this point! There are more pics at my blog link below.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    ....I went for a close enough will work on this one.
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BFcbhcqE8V...0/DSCN2379.JPG
    None the less Karl, Nice job!!
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    What a unique and odd looking loco!

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    Still a lot of work to do, but here's one of my Conrail GeePs!


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    The weathering on the Conrail and tanker are looking good Mark! Thanks for pictures, they are inspiring me to work on my Conrail locos.

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    I just finished this today and got some dullcoteon it. I have one more to do but this one drove me crazy.
    You can not be afraid of pink !!!









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    Mike and data_engine both, those look wonderfully terrible.

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    That's fantastic Mike! I have 2 dash-9 undecorated locos for exactly this same project. Probably a fall project now that summer is quickly approaching. The wife's outdoor projects come first so I can have my winter time without complaint. I hope mine turn out half as good. Thanks for posting.
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    That looks great Mike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent1961 View Post
    That's fantastic Mike! I have 2 dash-9 undecorated locos for exactly this same project. Probably a fall project now that summer is quickly approaching. The wife's outdoor projects come first so I can have my winter time without complaint. I hope mine turn out half as good. Thanks for posting.
    Thanks Grant I am working on 650 right now and liking it better.
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    A present from my father in the front and a recent eBay win behind. Two classics in the back.

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    The Flying Scotsman runs pretty well, although mine seems a bit of a lightweight. Interested to see how yours does in comparison.
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    It doesn't run at all right now. It's actually the same mech as the Minitrix K4, so I wouldn't have very high hopes for it if it were. It'll be headed off for remotoring and electrical upgrading shortly.
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    Just thought I'd throw this out there, first attempt at weathering a loco, and first attempt at doing a layered focal point what-ever-you call-it-(insert correct technique name) type picture. Fairly happy for a first attempt but can see room to improve with both. Engine is a Kato ES44AC, with BLMA hand grabs and Digitrax DCC.
    Weathered-yard.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric220 View Post
    It doesn't run at all right now. It's actually the same mech as the Minitrix K4, so I wouldn't have very high hopes for it if it were. It'll be headed off for remotoring and electrical upgrading shortly.
    I guess I should've said mine runs fairly well, but I had to use some Bullfrog snot to give it any decent tractive power. I agree though, much could be desired from the K4 chassis.
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