Locomotive Kitbashers?

Danimal Jun 4, 2000

  1. Danimal

    Danimal TrainBoard Member

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    How many of you kitbash your locomotives? I know Catt for one has built several neat projects, a wide cab gp40 and a neat little beast of a B36-b unit. I for one am a wannabe basher still looking for the right bash.Has anyone else built anything cool? Let's hear about it!
     
  2. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The only loco bashing I have done lately is bashing my frame on my Kato SD45 [​IMG] It is now a unusable hunk of metal.....sigh

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  3. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mtaylor:
    The only loco bashing I have done lately is bashing my frame on my Kato SD45 [​IMG] It is now a unusable hunk of metal.....sigh

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    So what was the object of your "bashing" and what happened?

    Chessie
     
  4. Gats

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    Dan,
    A nice easy starter would be a BN GP7u rebuild. It's a simple drop nose job with some detail removal and additions. The hardest part of it is the cab numberboards if you don't want to use the original short-hood boards, or cut up a second Atlas body for them, or use a LL GP20 cab.
    All of the detail parts are available to do the above 'bash. If you wanted to do amn IC/ICG GP8/10 'bash, then it will get a little harder. Not impossible, though. The only thing not available readily is some of the 'ox-yoke' intake filters designs used.

    I have done 2 BN GP7u rebuilds, so far, and have a ICG SD20 and 2 IC/ICG GP10 rebuilds on the bench now.

    Gary.



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  5. Danimal

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    WoW Gats what neat stuff! Mind if I e-mail ya?
     
  6. Justin May

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    Hello all,
    I am following this post with great interest. I am in the process of mentally kitbashing (if thats allowed in your state [​IMG] ) a GP40, using the Atlas chassis and shell, but the only hang up is the HighHood- yes a NS unit per the details of MRRing a few months ago. How about using the GP9 nose or the possible SD35(HH) coming out soon? Or would Athabasca be in order for this project?
    Gats, great work and beautiful paint job, just plain crazy how detailed N is nowadays! Thanks again and Have a good one, Justin
     
  7. Craig Martyn

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    I would use the plastic HH that is available. I don't know the name of the company but I have heard that they are VERY good. They are shown under the new products section in an N scale magazine in I think 97'.....might have been the sep. 97 issue. I think it has a picture of a gas station on the front.

    Also, seems as though N scale modelars are turning things up a notch. I think this is GREAT!!!!! I brass, "see through" fans to all of my plastic locomotives.

    I hopefully will have an article coming out in N scale magazine sometime shortly. It will show how to add a TON of details (scratch built and pre frabricated details) to an SD45 (though the pointers given apply to almost all locomotives. The locomotive is done and paintded, but I am now working on the article. I wanted to do this to help modelars with detailing. We'll see what happens.......keep your fingers crossed for me!!! Thanks!!!

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  8. Danimal

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    Thanks Craig,
    I always wanted to try my hand at kitbashing but it appears a little intimidating. I think not knowing for sure how to start or maybe the fear of screwing up a perfectly good shell kept me from trying.

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  9. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Danimal TrainBoard Member

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    You guy's never cease to amaze me! What an outstanding project! I have a friend who's really into NP,CB&Q,GN,FW&D,and SP&S wait till he gets aload of this baby! Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Justin May:
    Hello all,
    I am following this post with great interest. I am in the process of mentally kitbashing (if thats allowed in your state [​IMG] ) a GP40, using the Atlas chassis and shell, but the only hang up is the HighHood- yes a NS unit per the details of MRRing a few months ago. How about using the GP9 nose or the possible SD35(HH) coming out soon? Or would Athabasca be in order for this project?
    Gats, great work and beautiful paint job, just plain crazy how detailed N is nowadays! Thanks again and Have a good one, Justin
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Justin,
    The new Atlas SD35 HH would probably be the easiest solution, and could possibly even be an exact fit. [The GP9 nose is not the same as on a GP40... I think 7/9/18/20's pretty much shared the same "older" style hood, before introduction of EMD's "Spartan Cab" on the GP35's.] I have not actually tried an Athabasca HH conversion, but did pick up a couple at a show for "future projects".

    Chessie
     
  13. rray

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    Those are Fantastic BN GP-10's Gary!
     
  14. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks again, all.
    The TC&W loco entered into the original contest is prototypically a sister unit to BN 1406, originally BN 1401. The TC&W unit was the first 'bashed, with 1406 right on it's tail.

    Dan - feel free to email away! [​IMG]
    I shared the same feeling of trepidation prior to putting saw to plastic. Since Atlas provides a great spare parts service, the parts don't cost an arm and a leg, and are available readily, I wasn't too worried. Kato on the other hand...

    For those who are interested, I have a projects sub-page accessed from the News page on my site. It currently has the feedmill from hell and an unfinished SD20 kitbash on it. I will add some more pics I have taken during the Paducah GP10 kitbashes I am doing now. All the above are a progressive thing that I will add to as I go.

    Justin - I agree with Chessie. The SD35 short hood will fit the bill for N&W, Southern, and NS conversions. The GP40 belonged to the '35 series' range. A body and cab should set you back about US$5 and should be a snap to install.

    Gary.

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  15. BC Rail King

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    I did my first BASHING progect. When I took the nose of one of the SD7s I was making a dummy, I accidently stepped on it, so was with out a nose. Well, I got a wide cab kit from a company I can't remember, and stuck it on. It looks clunky, but I say it is a thing to go on front of trains with only one unit, that way the crew can have some piece from the 2500HP motor that is pulling a train that should have an SD60 on the point.

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  16. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by pray59:
    I did a U25C out of a U25B. Click Here to see it.

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    Robert,
    Your U25C looks great. I really enjoyed your creative solution to making the "C" trucks. Thanks for sharing it!

    Chessie
     
  17. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Really it was not bashing at all. I screwed up my frame trying to home mill it. I was venting some steam. I have been a little to scared to try any bashing. But, with results like we have seen here, it sure makes me want to learn.

    Matt

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by chessie:
    So what was the object of your "bashing" and what happened?

    Chessie

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