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« Reply #200 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:08pm »
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Above is the rear view of that GP-38-2 that I got from a trade! Mike, what ya think?
 
Now, for another from the stable at Yellowstone Train Repairs.....


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« Reply #201 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:15pm »
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Above is a complete customization. It began life as a plain jane "train set" type Life-Like GP-38-2, thats been derated to a CSX RDMT. All the long hood doors were cut out of the body, and replaced with .040" plastic sheet. The Radiators were included in this removed section, I then cut off the radiator fans atop the hood roof, plated a section under them, from inside the engine body, and then filled the holes left with sandable epoxy. After this was completed the body then had its first coat of sandable primer added. (It took 5 coats of primer before I was hapy with the results!
 
I removed and discarded the plastic handrailing and added my own custom metal handrailing, and grabirons, plus the pilot plow as well.
 
Following picture will be of an "in progress" of this locomotives, what the rear end of the long hood looked like, with the door section removed, and the fan plating done, with the epoxy filler in place, and sanded.


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« Reply #202 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:18pm »
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And again, a close up of the front of the above locomotive.....
 
Will be switching to another model following this post!  


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« Reply #203 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:27pm »
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And another from the currently completed Yellowstone Train Repairs stable....

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« Reply #204 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:37pm »
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Well, the above engine is another "special" breed! It began life as an older Athearn "KCS" SD-40-2. The dynamic brake was removed, the rear hood grill and the atop hood fans as well, were all removed. Replaced with fans from a GP-38 body, that was a "parts wagon", along with the grill to match as well. The dynamic brake was replaced with a non dynamic brake blister from 2 SD-40-2's, spliced together to make it longer on each end. Creating a SD-38. (I have a big supply of Athearn Sd-40-2's, plus Life-Like GP-38-2's. So, I thought I'd build some of my own engines with what parts and talent I have! I added my own dirrectional lighting, and my own metal handrailing to replace that of the plastic stuff (that won't survive a derailment), plus other details like grabirons, and such.  
 
And next..........a rear view of this same engine!  


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« Reply #205 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:42pm »
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Now, for a switch......  
 
A custom Western Maryland "chop nose" GP-9 in Circus paint.....


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« Reply #206 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:48pm »
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The WM engine above, has taken a trip (Thats right, I traded it!) I have many more to make of this same type engine so..... I'm not to woried about not getting one!
 
Now, a real switch.... a freight car...... a CSX fuel tender for when CSX first got they're AC4400's!


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« Reply #207 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:57pm »
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The fuel tender above was just a Athearn tank car that was custom painted, and some extra detail added. I've got one AC4400 to go with it, I just need to get another!
 
Now, back to engines..... Another locomotive from the Yellowstone Train Repairs stable, a Chessie C&O B-30-7.


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« Reply #208 on: Apr 28th, 2007, 11:07pm »
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The above locomotive started life as a Bachmann B-30-7, plain jane "train set" type engine, with a custom paint job, and all the plastic handrailing removed, and my own custom athearn type metal handrailing installed. The frame, was powered, and still is, its just been subject to repowering by Athearn GEB powering modified to fit the Bachmann frame, and Bachmann truck side frames (as I didn't have the GEB frames to use from Athearn.)
 
ENJOY! More to come at a later date!


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« Reply #209 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:00am »
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Great job with the custom painting.
 
The CSX Bright Future is one of the most difficult schemes to paint and decal properly, because you need to match the color of the paint EXACTLY to the decals (the blue has to look like the "CSX" billboard letters), otherwise it ends up looking horrible.  Ditto the Chessie System scheme.  Looks like you did a pretty good job with those.
 
Just some observations:
 
- The newer plastic Athearn handrails are actually better than the old metal handrails.  The plastic Athearn rails are closer to scale, and has the right stanchion u-channel cross-section.  The old metal handrails are too thick and the stanchions are flat and doesn't look like the real thing at all.
 
- The C&O B30-7 doesn't use GE Floating Bolster trucks but uses EMD Blomberg-Bs.  Since you are using an Athearn mechanism, you can use Athearn Blomberg-B sideframes (will drop right in with no modifications), and Athearn Blomberg sideframes look MUCH nicer than the Bachmann ones.
 
Anyway, good job and keep refining your technique!


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« Reply #210 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:11am »
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on Apr 28th, 2007, 10:08pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Above is the rear view of that GP-38-2 that I got from a trade! Mike, what ya think?
 
Now, for another from the stable at Yellowstone Train Repairs.....

John,
She looks 100 times better than before!!! Great work on the CSX RDMT Slug and SD38! Like all your work, absolutely fantastic! Infact here's a few pictures of two locos John made that I now own. WMSR GP30 501, and WMRY GP9 "chop-nose" 34.


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« Reply #211 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:12am »
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501 with F3AU 51

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« Reply #212 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:13am »
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GP9 34 with consist.

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« Reply #213 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:14am »
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on Apr 29th, 2007, 12:00am, longislandtom wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great job with the custom painting.
 
The CSX Bright Future is one of the most difficult schemes to paint and decal properly, because you need to match the color of the paint EXACTLY to the decals (the blue has to look like the "CSX" billboard letters), otherwise it ends up looking horrible.  Ditto the Chessie System scheme.  Looks like you did a pretty good job with those.
 
Just some observations:
 
- The newer plastic Athearn handrails are actually better than the old metal handrails.  The plastic Athearn rails are closer to scale, and has the right stanchion u-channel cross-section.  The old metal handrails are too thick and the stanchions are flat and doesn't look like the real thing at all.
 
- The C&O B30-7 doesn't use GE Floating Bolster trucks but uses EMD Blomberg-Bs.  Since you are using an Athearn mechanism, you can use Athearn Blomberg-B sideframes (will drop right in with no modifications), and Athearn Blomberg sideframes look MUCH nicer than the Bachmann ones.
 
Anyway, good job and keep refining your technique!

 
longislandtom,
First off, may I ask if you have any kids? And if so, what age? I've got a 2 year old, that plays with EVERYTHING I make! So, in order to make things withstand the impossible, I have to set an think what it would take to accomplish. And the metal handrailing has passed the test with flying colors! Now let me just say, I have dealt with the plastic stuff on the newer trains, and still I don't like the flymsy crap. I use special glues and resin glues to make plastic adhere, and I have nothing as far as glue goes to hold the plastic handrailing onto the body of the engine it belongs! Even when I'm the only person to handle it, the plastic handrailing just isn't strong enough.
 
In the past, I've spent more time repairing plastic handrailing to the engine body side sill from not holding onto then actually painting the metal types I design!
 
As for my paint work, if you only knew my tricks, I don't have that much tied up in paint to paint the CSX engines. Plus I use spray bomb paint (spray cans!) I bet this will have your brains thinking awhile!   But the paint is cheap and very good quality, for a whole lot less in cost!


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« Reply #214 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:30am »
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Mike,
That GP-38-2 ALMOST became a GP-39-2! I had decided that the YN3 paint was too good to change or cut the body to make the GP-39-2 possible. So, I've gotten my hands on another GP-38-2 body to work wonders on to build into a GP-39-2.  
 
But the ole GP-9 that you got a few months back looks SWEET! I'll be posting pictures of your next up and comming GP-9. (I've got alittle work to do to it yet, I've found some factory flaws that I took care of before you got the engine so you didn't have them to deal with, which Athearn is working with me on.) But as you know, I had some trouble getting decals for the speed lettering units, but I got through that problem pretty quick, now, I'm out of decals for Cabooses in WM! RATZ!
 
So, I'm waiting on them to come in the mail. BUT, you'll get to see your #40 here hopefully tomarrow! Now that I got my camera working!
 
Hey yeah, you know that FA-2 we did some trading on? You happen to know where the fan is to it? OR does anyone out there know where I can get a fan to go on a Proto-2000 FA-2? I got one thats missing this detail!!!!
 
Anyway, more pictures to come, in a day or so!.....................hopefully!


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« Reply #215 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:44am »
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longislandtom,
Speaking of the CSX painting, try this one on for size! This was another one of my custom paint's that was done by the means of a spray can! And yes, it too wasn't expensive paint! around a $1 a can! So..... let me know what you think of this next match in paint color!  
 
P.S. I am a former industrial spray painter, but no one can tell!  
 
Have a look at this............


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« Reply #216 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:57am »
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The above engine started life as a Life-Like GP-38-2 plain jane "train set" type locomotive, which it still is, however, its undergone some changes. Superdetailing, for one, naturally the removal of the plastic handrailing, and installation of the metal handrailing that I make an designed to fit it. etc, but as you see its also the correct "pumpkin" orange paint that CSX used on the real thing! And as I said above, its also a spray can, thats bought at a very common place, that I bet most will never guess where I get most of my paint from! But even so, with all that said, it looks good!  
 
I will admit, the pictures don't give these engines justice as they look alot better in person....... I think I can get a few thats members here to agree for those who now own things that are of my work.
 
Another picture of the same engine above, different shot....


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« Reply #217 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 1:17am »
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on Apr 29th, 2007, 12:14am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
longislandtom,
First off, may I ask if you have any kids? And if so, what age? I've got a 2 year old, that plays with EVERYTHING I make! So, in order to make things withstand the impossible, I have to set an think what it would take to accomplish. And the metal handrailing has passed the test with flying colors!  

 
LOL, I have a 4-year-old nephew who has some really destructive tendencies so I can sympathize.  Anyway, my policy with young kids is buy a $40 Bachmann HO Thomas the Tank Engine set for them to abuse while they get to admire my stuff (like my $200 BLI J1e Hudson) from afar.  
 
Anyway, good job on the CSX paints.  I'm tempted to do a few dark future SD40s (which are the most common CSX locos here in NYC) but my loyalties lie with pre-CSX Conrail.  


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« Reply #218 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 9:40am »
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Very good idea. I rember my fisrst HO sufferd greatly  
 
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« Reply #219 on: Apr 29th, 2007, 1:43pm »
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longislandtom,
Well you have a good battle plan! I would do the same thing however, the little one of mine has a real interest in my trains, and not her own (in another posting of mine I was saying about her having a brio "wooden" set up, and it has no bearing on her even so its battery operated she loves daddys! I own my own train repair shop, and being thats said, she plays with my BLI stuff, and EVEN what little brass stuff I have! Shes not destructive, but she's still a 2 year old! Besides, I'd rather her play with my $50 - $75 Diesel that I made nearly child resistant, then my $500 + brass steamer!  
 
Anyway... back to topic!


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