Is it just my poor old eyes?

BoxcabE50 Jan 8, 2004

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I was just over surfing the American Models web site. In looking at the GP9, for some reason, I had a sensation that it looked a little bit on the short side for length. Is it just me having a bad day? (I hope so! :D )

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  2. William Cowie

    William Cowie TrainBoard Member

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    You sure it's not the Montata winter that shrunk it? :D
     
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    William Cowie TrainBoard Member

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    Oops...Montana [​IMG]
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hmmmm. Maybe my eyes have frostbite? It's warmed to above zero now. Maybe the pictures will thaw? :D :D

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  5. texasdon

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    At least it is well above freezing here in Houston.
     
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yesterday we finally broke above zero. Made it up to 9. Last night, the first in a week not WAY below zero. Today, already up to 19!

    Don- How's the layout planning coming along?

    :D

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  7. Greg Elems

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    Ken,

    I have 3 of AM's GP-9's. They seem just fine for scale length in person. But, having read your question, I will get one out and measure it. Regardless, I like them. They are good running units and with grab irons and sun shades added they will look just fine. We are having a heat spell here in Reno, hit 54 today and only a low of 32 last night. Hope it doesn't melt our snow pack in the Sierra.

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  8. BoxcabE50

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    Greg-

    Perhaps it is just the photos that were giving me a wrong impression. Otherwise, they do look nice.

    We've warmed up. Now in the twenties. I suppose that next we'll have a messy freezing rain. Bleh.

    :D

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  9. Greg Elems

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    Ken-

    I wonder if the pictures on the AM web page with the AF style couplers cause the illusion of a too short locomotive? Also, having read reviews of them several years ago, I don't recal that being an issue. Still haven't found the box with them yet for a measurement.

    I see AM doesn't have the U-25B listed on their web page yet either.

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  10. BoxcabE50

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    You could be correct. The coupler size is way out of proportion. So maybe that's it. And that my vision is controlled by a mind fixed on scale appearance.....

    The reason I was at their site, was to see if the U-boats were showing yet.

    :D

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  11. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hit 37 degrees here today thats celcious about 100 F lol
     
  12. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Staff Member

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    [​IMG]
    I finally found my American Models GP-9's. This one I've added the radiator grills and roof fans. Here is a comparison of an Athearn GP-7 and the AM GP-9.

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    This view shows the long hood end. The dimples are for locating the holes for the grab irons. The coupler is the scale version AM supplies with their model. Kadee #5's should drop right in.

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  14. BoxcabE50

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    Greg-

    Guess it's just my eyes. [​IMG] Perhaps I need to eat a few more carrots, and then look again. [​IMG]

    S scale talk seems to be quiet lately! I keep hoping to hear what Don is doing with his layout planning.

    :D

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  15. texasdon

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    Hi Boxcab and Greg,

    Don has been quiet on the layout building front. Its been busy with my daughter playing lacross and soccer this spring. I am focusing on completing my garden railway around the spa. I want to get it done before the spring landscaping season in Houston, which is about a month off, so we can plant the shrubs and flowers. I have the track layed and ballasted, so I only need to finish the control panel. Maybe the week....

    I have been active with the Houston S Gaugers, so I am keeping my mind on my planned layout. My next step is to develop a track plan so construction can begin. I am looking for some ideas. I have a space roughly 12 feet x 12 feet. I am thinking about a layout with a central operating pit. The need for a duckunder is not ideal, but I am willing to live with it for more operating potential. I think I want to have a long mainline (perhaps a couple of laps) with some hidden staging. I want to include a small town with a few industries and perhaps a small yard to provide switching opportunities. Any suggestions or sources will be appreciated.

    I hope everyone is doing well.
     
  16. BoxcabE50

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    Greg-

    Could I ask a favor? What it the measurement in inches of the GP9, between the closed coupler knuckles?

    Thanks!

    :D

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  17. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Staff Member

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    The AM GP-9 measures 9 13/16" from pilot face to pilot face. If my calculations are right, that is right on for the scale length. I didn't measure for the coupler, since I haven't installed any yet. I will be putting Kadees on and have a better idea then. I hope this helps.

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