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 Posted: Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 09:57 pm
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OK. 

So here is a teaser. 

All masked up and ready for paint.





The biggest part of any paint job is the masking. 

This very simple paint scheme involved about two hours of masking.


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Road block.


The decoder I have will NOT fit in the SW7.  

I suppose I should have confirmed that before I did all the wiring. 


A smaller one is on the way.

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I was very discouraged that I could not get the shell on with the decoder I had installed.

Something I should have checked before I wired the decoder to the chassis. 
But I had the decoder laying around and I never stopped to think it wouldn't fit.

A small decoder is on it's way. 
Thank you Amazon Prime.  

I promised not to show photos until it was finished. 
But Alan Sewell really wanted to see the progress. 
So I emailed him a couple of staged photos.

It is only fair that I share them with everybody.










I think it looks pretty good, so far. 
Once I get it running I will do the detail work...handrails, couplers, etc.

Bear in mind it started out life looking like this:





About the number...

In figuring out numbering schemes for the timber company,
I decided that SW7's would be numbered in the 900 series.
 
There might only be one. 
But 900 is kind of a sacred number in this neck of the woods (literally, Shelton, WA). 
So I numbered this first SW7 ... 901 ...
(and it may, or may not be the only one, I have another chassis and shell)
... 901.

The Henderson Bay Timber Company is fictitious and generic. 
The paint scheme is basically Simpson Timber Company with Weyerhauser Timber Company colors. 
The lettering is similar to some Weyerhauser locomotives. 

The decals were made on a laser printer using SunnyScopa decal paper.  

I toyed with doing the lettering more like Simpson. 
But to be true to that requires white lettering. 
That can't be done on the laser printer.

In preparation for the timber company's caboose
(a "second hand" Northern Pacific 1200 series)
I have experimented with yellow lettering. 
We will see how that works out.

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That "motor" looks really good - has a nice feel of Simpson/Weyerhaeuser. 

I always think keeping the scheme simple is more prototypical. 

Looks so much better than the stock BN unit.

 
My paint scheme is a bit more Weyerhaeuser inspired with yellow hood cab etc. 

Black for hood top and down the to the handrails in some cases. 

Black cab roof and sunshades Black frame but silver/grey trucks fuel tanks etc. 


All EMD motors have 5-chime airhorns and I try to have re-rail frogs on the truck frames.

Hopefully you can see that on the attached photo.
 
Look forward to seeing more when you get weathering and details. 

Hope that the decoder works out and we can see some shots of it in use.
 
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I will probably add more details as time goes along. 
Re-railing frogs would be an early addition.

I noted that one of the Weyerhauser SW7's retained the "stock" single chime horn,
in addition to a three-chime on the roof.  

I think I will put that stock horn back on.

I haven't seen too many fancy schemes on industrial equipment. 
Hanging around with John, I have seen plenty of industrial equipment. 
I probably have some photos.

I gotta get a photo scanner.

I like your caboose, too.
 
I am generally not a nit-picker,
but I couldn't help but notice a small detail problem.

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Hi Reg

I looked through all my Weyerhaeuser photos,
and can't see one with a 5-chim horn and a single "blat" horn on the same  unit.

Simpson's 900 seems to be the only loco I have seen with two sorts of air horn,
but I do stand to be corrected, as I do on my detail problem you could "not help but notice",
but I can't, or perhaps I choose, to ignore it

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I will look through them,
and either post it here, or email it back to you.  

Could have sworn...

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I installed the new, smaller decoder, in the SW7.

I have a few performance issues,
but, generally, it is on it's way to completion.

I had some adventures,
but as they can relate to the SW1200 problems,
I will discuss those on the DCC thread.

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Finished!










I had to sacrifice the rear headlight.  
If I routed the wires alongside the flywheel,
they rubbed on the flywheel and affected operation. 

If I routed the wires over the flywheel,
they got jammed between the shell and the rear trucks electrical pick up,
jamming the truck.


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 Posted: Sat Mar 7th, 2020 08:57 pm
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Hi Reg

That "motor" looks pretty authentic.

Pity about the rear light,
but getting the SW7 operating is the important thing I think.

Also looks good alongside a string of connected cars,
and the track appears to be "prototypical" as well.

Trust you will eventually have the same success with the SW1200.

Best regards

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