It's in the Details.......

Kurt Moose Mar 27, 2018

  1. Kurt Moose

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    Well, I model in Z-scale, so went to a local Swap and show in Monroe, Wa last month. Nothing in Z hardly, but this old "O-Scale" Atlas F-9 hand painted in Great northern colors just kept whispering "buy me!" as I was walking around. Soooo, for $40 bucks, what the heck!! It was pretty well detailed to begin with-all grab irons, Kadee couplers, some MU hoses up front, and a really cool diaphragm on the back. Well, did some looking, and found some more details!! In my Z-scale, details are hard to come by, let alone put on! 20180308_134507.jpg 20180308_134507.jpg 20180308_134626.jpg Detail Associate's Winterization Hatch, and some Overland Models parts, rotating beacon and firecracker antennae. 20180325_214618.jpg Then, an Details Associates headlight, and a Precision Scale Co. 3-chime airhorn. The headlight will go in place of the lower headlight on the nose..... 20180327_101027.jpg
    Still waiting on some lift rings that will go on the nose...:rolleyes:
     
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  2. RailMix

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    $40? Seriously? (y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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  3. HOexplorer

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    Nice Kurt, Becareful, once the O bug, well On30 bug, hits you there is no turning back. Jim
     
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    Yup, $40 bucks! I think it runs too!:rolleyes:
     
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    No room though, gotta' stick to my Z!:D
     
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  6. PGE-N°2

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    There were a couple really nicely done Z scale layouts, there, ;)
     
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    Yes there was!!(y)(y)(y)
     
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    Roof details are drying, after the old horns removed....
     

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  9. strummer

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    Opinion: You can't beat those old Atlas/Roco F units. Solidly constructed, easy to work on and modify, and yes, are often available at very reasonable prices. I have a couple:

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    The UP engine came to me as you see it; I did the Maine Central loco years ago. I know, MEC didn't have F9s: this was more of an experiment in doing O scale decals.

    In any case, these are great models at a modest price...

    Mark in Oregon
     
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  10. country joe

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    Very nice locos, strummer. You did an outstanding job on the MEC.
     
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    Thank you.

    If I paid more than $40.00 for either of those, I'd be greatly surprised. I did have to change out the gearing in one (or both: I can't recall) due to gear-splitting; a common issue with these models. NorthWest ShortLine to the rescue!

    If one is fugal (cheap) one can actually do 2 rail O scale at minimal cost...as long as you don't need steamers. I did purchase an AHM 0-8-0 kit once, and was lucky enough to find a motorizing kit. I ended up swapping the kit motor (a tiny 3-pole) for a Pittman can, added weight, and it wasn't half bad. That engine is now long gone...

    Mark in Oregon
     
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