Athearn Challenger/UP Excursion Train?

Spookshow Jun 25, 2013

  1. Spookshow

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    I had to go really thick with the yellow paint on the sides to hide the horizontal striations in the FUD, so everything is a bit goopy looking. That, and I'm not the greatest painter in the world.

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    I didn't use as much paint on the grey sections or the trucks, so they're still a bit fuzzy/fluffy looking. Overall though, I think it passes the "three foot" test :)

    Cheers,
    -Mark
     
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  2. Carl Sowell

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    They look good Mark. Thanks for the picture. BTW, I click away.

    Carl
     
  3. robert3985

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    Let's do a new rule and call it "The Six Foot Rule". I'm sure that most striated FUD prints will pass that test. :D Which means that they'd then become okay! Yay!!

    Or, in my case, I could just look at 'em without using either my bifocals or my Optivisors. That'd work too without creating a new rule.

    Did anybody take HuskerN's advice and buff their prints with a new tootbrush and toothpaste?? If so, did it make a difference?

    I'd like to know, 'cause I think it's important, 'specially if it makes a big difference in the surface quality.

    Just sayin'....

    Cheerio!
    Bob Gilmore
     
  4. Spookshow

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    I used Bestine and a toothbrush on mine. I didn't think to use toothpaste, although I can see where that might help to get rid of some of the fuzziness (particularly on the trucks). I'll have to give it a try when the pre-rebuilds come out :)

    Cheers,
    -Mark
     
  5. river_eagle

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    well mark, we're all waiting to see the complete train in action, now that you have the water bottles! ;D
     
  6. Spookshow

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    Gettin' there. I just need to finish adding the topside handrails and then swing by Ye Olde LHS for some couplers - at which point Kato will no doubt announce their own excursion train :)

    Cheers,
    -Mark
     
  7. James Norris

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    Even in Kato do, it won't be as good as yours! :teeth: Can't wait to see the pics!

    -James
     
  8. Xmtrman

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    River_Eagle-

    Next question:

    Where is your model of UPP 9336 ( http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rsPicture.aspx?id=1073 ) from?
     
  9. Spookshow

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    Looks like a Con-Cor MHC-1 if I'm not mistaken.

    Cheers,
    -Mark
     
  10. river_eagle

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    that's exactly what it is
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  11. Spookshow

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    Whoops, my mistake. Apparently I added something to the MM engine gray to lighten it up (and then promptly forgot about it). I just bought a fresh bottle and as it turns out it is nowhere near UP gray. Sorry about that.

    -Mark
     
  12. James Norris

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  13. Spookshow

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  15. HemiAdda2d

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    I don't know for sure how many they have, but they have run 3985 with twin water bottles:

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    Doubleheaders in theory could run with twins apiece, but my photos only have evidence of 844 running with standard tender and 3985 with 1 water bottle:

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    It certainly depends of the duration of the run. Long distance: 3985 is thirsty, and proper water is hard to come by for the steam crew. Short distance: Doubleheaders or single engines use only the standard tender or 1 water bottle.

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  16. HemiAdda2d

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  17. James Norris

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    Cracking photos Guys! What I am after is a end shots of the per-rebuilds showing the pipe detail, in particular the other end to this.

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    I just can't get a photo showing me what's going on. Most shots focus on the loco, or when it was with a turbine, the front!

    -James
     
  18. AlJo

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    Sorry for little derail here but glory... look at em steamers all shiny and sparkling! Whoever in charge of cleaning em up did a heck of a job!
     
  19. Spookshow

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    Here ya go -

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    Cheers,
    -Mark
     
  20. James Norris

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    Nice one Mark, I can now add the detail to the other end. Soon be ready for some screen shots!

    -James
     

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