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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Hm... Steam powered electric traction loco ....
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    Here are my SP E-7's. Lifelike shells on Kato chassis. I painted and detailed them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    Good catch, all the roof details are right. That engine was build before I paid attention to radiator grills. It funny, will all the details and modifications I do, that's one that doesn't stick out to me. I've driven an SDP40 and I couldn't tell you what grills it had. To me the return on investment isn't there to swap them out. I can explain more offline if you want.
    Know what you mean, I changed out a few SD40-2s to the MbE grilles, and only reason I really did it was I had shaved off the old ones. Honestly, if I were to do it again, I'd either cut out the old Kato and use Atlas GP40-2 grills, if they fit, or not bother.

    I got about 10 SD40-2s that one day will be BN, but using GP35 noses as I need the ratchet brake, whether or not the proto had 81 or 88" noses, not too sure, but I wanted the correct brake set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ike the BN Freak View Post
    Know what you mean, I changed out a few SD40-2s to the MbE grilles, and only reason I really did it was I had shaved off the old ones. Honestly, if I were to do it again, I'd either cut out the old Kato and use Atlas GP40-2 grills, if they fit, or not bother.

    I got about 10 SD40-2s that one day will be BN, but using GP35 noses as I need the ratchet brake, whether or not the proto had 81 or 88" noses, not too sure, but I wanted the correct brake set up.
    I've found its easier to swap noses than radiator grills too. I've done that more than a few times now. I save them from previous engines, in case I have to move headlights up to the cab or down to the nose.
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    One of my favorites. The prototype was involved in a fairly serious accident and received a completely new nose, among other things. It roomed the NS system for a few years in this state before getting painted into the current "horse head" scheme.

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    DM&E SD9 and SD10 -





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    I just finished building a couple MILW GP20s and a GP40 for a friend, here is one of the 20's:
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    Karl, that Milwaukee looks fantastic.

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    You just keep getting better Karl!
    it always takes more tha one try to get it right! Jay

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    Those vent/grills look fantastic! The whole thing looks HO or O scale.

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    This means I have to dig though all my shelves and countless boxes, doesn't it?
    I must warn you all... My full-blown custom locos don't look much like locomotives at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Those vent/grills look fantastic! The whole thing looks HO or O scale.
    Thanks! Using Z scale couplers helps a lot with the look.
    Karl

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    Here's one to make @Moose2013 happy

    It's a Bachmann USRA light 2-10-2 with the tender swapped for a Vandy, the Belpaire firebox built up from styrene tube and modeling putty, the rear sand dome removed, and lettered for a Great Northern Q1 class 2-10-2. It's not exactly true to the prototype, but it's pretty close.

    Here's the build thread:

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    It's a Bachmann USRA light 2-10-2 with the tender swapped for a Vandy, the Belpaire firebox built up from styrene tube and modeling putty, the rear sand dome removed, and lettered for a Great Northern Q1 class 2-10-2. It's not exactly true to the prototype, but it's pretty close.
    It's a thing of beauty. Sooo nice, it brings a tear, sniff sniff, to this moose's eye...
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    I'm surprised that the larger firms (KATO, IMTERMOUNTAIN, etc.) don't offer powered chassis without bodies, or a powered chassis that could be lengthened or shortened say 1/4 to 3/8s inch, with different detachable truck sides for customizers? It would be something they could sell. Plus without the shell, they wouldn't have to market specific road names, and actually make a bigger profit, as one size (or just two to four sizes) fits. Gee Moe, that's a great idea !!


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    Added the rear LED to my Life-Like SW9 as well as added hood wire handrails and grab irons.


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    Alaska RR HEP EMD E8B P-7. I switched out the forward truck on a KATO UP E8A (has no coupler pocket) with DCC, to fit a B Unit (also UP) shell. Left in B portholes, primered, masked, painted silver (Actual HEP is a former Amtrak Unit), re-masked and painted blue stripe (and steps). Fuel tank will require flare removal and blue paint. Will use Microscale decals on model to match prototype. I left LED headlight connected to frame, as I'm placing a beacon on roof, and I hope to program DCC as flasher (if not, then snip snip). Now have a P-6, P-7. P-30 (all E8Bs), and P-14 (Troop Car) for passenger car consists.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    I just finished building a couple MILW GP20s and a GP40 for a friend, here is one of the 20's:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ao9lTPb0iG...0/DSCN3388.JPG
    Can't believe I never noticed this! I am so blown away by this!
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    See photos of the original owner's layout here:
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    It sounded like a good idea at the time... too bad the caboose wasn't in on the plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mill-Bay View Post
    Can't believe I never noticed this! I am so blown away by this!
    The full write up on this build should be hitting everyone's mailboxes in the new N Scale Railroading magazine!

    The engine I'm finishing up right now should be another crowd pleaser...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUCKGEO View Post
    I'm surprised that the larger firms (KATO, IMTERMOUNTAIN, etc.) don't offer powered chassis without bodies, or a powered chassis that could be lengthened or shortened say 1/4 to 3/8s inch, with different detachable truck sides for customizers? It would be something they could sell. Plus without the shell, they wouldn't have to market specific road names, and actually make a bigger profit, as one size (or just two to four sizes) fits. Gee Moe, that's a great idea !!
    That's your $10,000 idea, make it happen!
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