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Colonel Aug 5, 2004

  1. Tim Mc

    Tim Mc TrainBoard Member

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    Oops...almost forgot the grilles on top. I used brass screen:
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    I think these are actually recessed on the prototype, but I didn't find a good top-down photo until after the models were painted.
     
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  2. Flash Blackman

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    I just noticed this Precision Masters covered hopper (model made around 1989) with MoPac reporting marks and a C&EI logo. Hopper gates added from the newer run models. I had not realized that C&EI became a part of Mopac. Here is the hopper.
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  3. Steve Mann

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    Thank you Tim for the steps and parts for the bash. It seems pretty straight forward. What were the measurements of the thinner vents on the conductor's side?
    I found out my kitbashing skills are terrible, but this looks quite simple.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Tim Mc

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    Anytime Steve. If you were writing about the box vents on the conductor's side, they're molded into the Dash 8 shell, so you won't have to model them. The three air intake grilles are made from the same v-groove styrene and are 6x7mm, 1.5x7mm & 2x7mm from front to rear:
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    The two large vents on the engineer's side under the air filter housing are also 6x7mm.
     
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  5. Steve Mann

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    Is the base unit a C30-7 then? Also, did you just CA the two long hoods together? The fit up is perfect.

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  6. Tim Mc

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    Steve, a C30-7 mech and sill/handrail were used, but the new shell was made from a combination of B23-7 and B30-7 shells. Here's a comparison of the C30-7 and the new shell:
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    Also note that the fuel tank is different. I combined two B23/30-7 tanks into one to get the extra capacity tank Mopac ordered. Send me a PM if you would like a copy of the full article.
     
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  7. Chad Cowan

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    Should count as a "MoPac" SD40. Paducah and Louisville (and VMV) had several of these in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

    Chad
     
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  8. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  9. Tim Mc

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    Thanks Flash. I remember the magazine article on the Texas Central. Seeing his other pics on the TC took me back a few years.
     
  10. ntex

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    Very cool kitbash! Could you elaborate on what styrene you used and did you just glue it to the autorack side posts?
     
  11. Tim Mc

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    Thanks! The corrugated sections are strips of Evergreen 2020 car siding, scribed at the posts to resemble panels. The lower two strips are a scale 4' x 85.5', while the upper is 2' x 85.5'. I extended the posts up a scale 7' from the upper deck with .030x.060 Evergreen strips by trimming the M-T posts at the upper deck to conceal the splice.
     
  12. Mo-Pac

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    Here's an N scale what if. A dash8-40BW
     

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  13. ntex

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    The bell on the long hood says Mopac. Nice touch!
     
  14. Mo-Pac

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    Yes, I agree. The location of the bell is one of the best ways to say it's a Mopac! I purchased this off eBay from @Mopac3092 last year. He takes all of the credit on this one. The story on how it got here is a little bit crazy. I am still yet to run it or drop a sound decoder in it. I am currently in the processor moving back to the USA. There once I build my layout that I have planned(which the final design is posted on this forum) after I get moved into my house.
     

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