Printing a Fairbanks

mmyers05 Aug 10, 2012

  1. mmyers05

    mmyers05 TrainBoard Member

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    Now that Bachmann and Atlas have conspired to crash my ALCO party, I've shifted my efforts a new locomotive: the FM H-10-44.

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    For all of you who haven't kept up with the now lengthy "Printing an ALCO" thread: the shell rides on a stock (unmodified) Atlas VO-1000 mechanism. It's a sample (and not quite ready for the prime time), but overall I think it came out well!

    One observation that I've already made: the windows on this locomotive are large and the cab looks entirely too empty - I think it's going to need a cab interior - I've already started working on one. :)

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, once the H-10-44 is released I'll start on an H-12-44 to complement it.
     
  2. Logtrain

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    Sign me up for one! No wait! Make that 2! I could use 2 of these.
    493 UNKNOWN.jpg 492 CHEHALIS 1.jpg
     
  3. DCESharkman

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    12 of each for me please, looking very good!
     
  4. Wuttermelon

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    Will definitely need a few of both in some Milwaukee :happy:
     
  5. daniel_leavitt2000

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    The shell looks good, but the doors stand out way too much. The chasims between the doors is a bit distracting.

    The finish looks better than the Also. Maybe a different printing contractor?

    I also think you should forgo the printed handrails and maybe go with an etched kit or even some loose wire.
     
  6. Westfalen

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    These will nicely round out the Santa Fe switcher fleet, I'll be in for a couple.

    Unless Walthers are watching and decide to bring out their's in N scale.:closedmouth:
     
  7. kalbert

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    I quietly followed the Alco thread with great interest, and was very excited for the possibility that a big hole could be filled by a little ingenuity and some modern technology. An FM switcher isn't really my bag but I know alot of guys would just about kill for one. Hope you get this one to fly before one of the big manufacturers!
     
  8. kalbert

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    Hey just had a thought.... How about a "Printing an RS32/36" thread??? :wink:
     
  9. mmyers05

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    The picture with the log cars is really neat! I'll admit that I know nothing about the Chehalis Western unfortunately - but that strikes me as one real interesting juxtaposition of eras.

    Yea I addressed this on the S-4/S-2 but by then the H-10-44 was already in the mail. It's no worries; I'm planning to cut them down by about half.

    As for the handrails: they come as separate parts (I attempted a "test assembly"). For the moment at least that's all that I think I'm going to provide (for logistical reasons) - if anyone wants to come up with their own arrangement I will happily give them whatever support I can. :)

    Yea...trying not to think about that possibility. lol I'm thinking/hoping that I'm in the clear with Atlas and Bachmann for a few months at least!

    They're on my relatively short "list of possible projects" actually! That said, unless someone beats me to it, the AS-616 is currently at the top of said list. Thanks for the suggestion regardless.
     
  10. jpwisc

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    I would love to do a couple of these in MILW colors, very cool!
     
  11. bdennis

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    Matt,
    Keep up the great work.. The FM looks great.. As I model the D&H they did not have any, but awsome all the same.

    You definately have my attention for a RS32/36.. Although be careful on that one as Atlas have already done one in HO and I would think easy enough to down size to N scale considering the RS11 chassis is already good to go.

    Having said that. If it is possible to just make the front section and cut a RS11 behind the cab and graft on a cab / nose.. Then Im all in...
    I already have way to many RS11's and the posibility of converting a few to low nose RS11's or RS36's low nose then Im definatly interested..
     
  12. Calzephyr

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    Since you are obviously a D&RGW fan... the H-10-44 is a great choice. Will this shell fit on the old Minitrix H-12-44 chassis?

    Another model that is needed for D&RGW is the Baldwin VO-660. There are other Baldwin/Lima/Hamilton models which are similar to the VO-660 that could be done as well. I sort-of doubt the VO-660 is going to be done by Atlas (I was hoping for one after their VO-1000) because it was not widely distributed among Class-1 railroads. I don't know if a good chassis is already available for one though. I'm not sure if they VO-1000 chassis could be used... maybe length and wheelbase a bit too long. Perhaps the Bachmann GE 70 Ton chassis... but with different truck sideframes???
     
  13. skipgear

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    The Trix H12-44 chassis is too short for anything but the late production H12 that it represents. The H10-44 and early H12-44 have a longer wheelbase which happens to match the Atlas VO-1000 within a few scale inches and it has the correct trucks. Pretty much a drop on conversion. There is nothing wrong with the Trix shell for the late H12. It's actually very nicely done. I have a couple stripped and ready to section together to make an H10-44 but Mr. Meyers just made life a lot easier.
     
  14. mmyers05

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    Thanks! I'll look into it :)

    While I don't have a Minitrix mechanism on hand, my understanding is that they represent the later phase H-12-44s which were 2' shorter than the originals - since I'm basing my models on the earlier/longer versions, I'm inclined to guess that it wouldn't work... - yep, thought so, skipgear beat me by a few seconds -

    As for the VO-660, I already have received a fair number of requests for these; plus, as you mentioned, I would have an excuse to paint one up in D&RGW :D

    I think (I'll have to double check my research here) the newly announced Bachmann S-4 or Atlas S-2 would be darn near perfect donor mechanisms.
     
  15. Randy Stahl

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    Guess I need to buy more decals.. ALOT more..

    Randy
     
  16. bremner

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  17. Charlie Vlk

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    The VO1000 frame should be an exact match. The prototype H10-44s used the same GSC cast frame.
    Later production units until the very last shorter H12-44s mimicked that frame with a welded version

    Charlie Vlk
     
  18. bremner

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    the short and fat frames were introduced in 1956, the SP recieved theirs in late '56 (got long and skinny oes earlier that year)
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  19. Virginian Railway

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    That's one GREAT looking FM you have!
     
  20. SteamDonkey74

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    This is looking pretty sweet, and I am thinking some logging lines had these as well as MILW, so I may need to get a few of these shells at least.
     

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