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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2018 07:25 am
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Long ago I have read an article in a US magazine refering to a kit by Pro Custom Hobbies, Philadelphia,
to convert a MDC Consolidation to a Ross Winans style Camel (not Camelback!).

Searched for this particular kit for years;
in the meantime I downloaded any picture I found of Camel type locos
(there is one - a later, 4-6-0 version -  preserved in the museum in StLouis)





Finally a kit showed up at fleabay.

When it arrived I was afraid to mess it up,
and duplicated it in resin to preserve the original parts in case something should go wrong.





A brand new MDC 2-8-0 had arrived also.
It had a tiny can motor installed so no trouble re DCC and running quality.
Butchered it immediately, and started to apply the pieces from the kit. 





Fabricated a BIG steam dome on the lathe, added brass stairs and a brass pilot.
Noticed that the drivers looked "naked" on the frame, without springs.
Pilot truck had to go. 





So fabricated springs from styrene according to prototype pictures, and added a brake cylinder.
Brass headlamp was moved beside the stack and a small bulb was inserted.
Kept the MDC tender but added a canopy to protect the poor fireman.










What a joy to work on a new piece that makes no mechanical trouble, and only deal with the optical part!




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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2018 10:28 am
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Great piece of re-engineering and looking at these photos.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Ross+Winans+style+Camel+loco&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBgZDUt8ffAhVCURoKHZnVAzAQ_AUIDigB&cshid=1546169022844000&biw=1366&bih=626

An excellent representation of the original.

Very nicely done.




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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2018 03:28 pm
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Yes, very nice! It is great to see a real antique being modeled.
It appears that the cab was far enough up so when (and if) a rod came loose, it might not hit the engineer...we can hope!

Woodie





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Ha! 

I didn't realize the safety gain! 

Good you noticed... 

Gerold




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Thanks for all of the compliments.


I designed, built and marketed that kit through Joe Luber at Pro Custom Hobbies,
back in the early 80s.

Great to see someone build it well.


My grandfather and great grandfather drove camelbacks in the early 1920s and '30s.

They were my inspiration,
as well as living a hop skip and a jump from Ross Winans mansion, Orianda.


By the bye, Pro Custom was in Catonsville MD, not Philly.


Garry Cerrone    GCDG    gcdesigngroup.com


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I was a regular at the Catonsville shop back in the day.

Used to get the great crab soup down the street as part of the foray.

Among other things, he brought in a brass model of the B&O (ex Buffalo and Susquehanna) E-60's.

Late friend of mine had one - belongs to his son now.

Would like to have one.


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searoom wrote:  
Thanks for all of the compliments.

I designed, built and marketed that kit through Joe Luber at Pro Custom Hobbies,
back in the early 80s.


Garry, thanks for sharing the history of this kit! 

I love to have some background to my models.




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