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Correcting & Improving Bachmann On30 Locos For The E.T.& W.N.C.
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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2019 06:10 am
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I created sets of scale builder plates, each with the right serial numbers and dates for ET&WNC ten-wheelers 9, 11, 12, and 14.
I also used photos of the real number plates to make scale versions of them.

Bachmann did a great job on most of the engines, but they always do their plates as opposite images of what they should be
(black lettering on bronze, which of course is opposite of how they looked in real life).

I converted a #12 to 9, rather easily, but the number plate had me stymied,
until I managed to find a good photo of the real one, then I added a light color background to the number,
as period photos (and movie film) of #9 during WW2 clearly show it wasn't red like 11 and 12's were.

So, you just print these on photo paper, 4X6 and they should be scaled right.
I also included some 'no trespassing ET&WNC" signs as well,
and some period RR crossing signs I used on my own layout.

Click here for the images of the plates:   https://flic.kr/p/2hwAdi5

I then punched them out using a "Maxi Punch Set" stock #473660 from Hobby Lobby.
It's largest die was EXACTLY the right size needed for the front number plate.





From there, once you have it punched right (you'll need to punch a couple to get the right position),
I suggest running a dark yellow marker around the edges so it doesn't look like a paper disk when viewed from the side.
I then glued them to the existing number plates using white glue.

The finished product, I think, doesn't look bad:





I did the builder plates much earlier and did them with an Exacto knife,
which is why I had to use a punch for the number plates.

With this, I think you can improve the look at the front end of these, as well as making a #9 if you want one
(Woodland Scenic dry transfers makes a set that is a perfect match for the cab and dome numbers).
 

If you try it, let me know how it worked out!

Just keep in mind,
the number plates are from photos provided by the ET&WNC historical society,
and I created the builder plates myself, and they're copyrighted by me.
Please don't print and sell them.




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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2019 09:43 am
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Very nicely done Lee and that's a great facility thanks.

I suspect some of these could be appearing in Updah eventually!





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Those number plates look really good Lee.

Nice job and very creative way of producing them.

I may have to check out those dies from Hobby Lobby,
they look like they could be real handy.

Tom


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This shows what the correct looking number and builders plates look like on a layout:







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Beautifully clear and crisp Lee.
Modern digital can't hold a candle to good old developer and dark rooms!  :old dude:  :bg:


You've only got to look at Shorpy to see that!




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Beautiful and extremely sharp.

The B&W effect is stunning.

Doc  Tom  :2t:



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Lee,

There is so much talent on this forum,
I think it is time for me to switch to knitting.

REALLY nice.

I showed the last shot to my wife,
and she had to ask me if it was real or a model.

#9 looks great,
and the weathering on the building just puts it over the top.

The B&W is very believable. 

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Lee, very nice indeed,
simply beautiful work all around!

The giveaways for me on the first one, were the shadows on the bg,
and the trees growing on what appears to be a cliff back to the left.

I wondered a bit on the last one though,
until I noticed the coupler.

I still sometimes wonder if it is photos like these,
that have kept my token efforts in the land of pink foam,
or if that's just my ADD.

I suspect the excuse comes from within though.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 15th, 2019 04:36 pm
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Thanks for the kind words, all!
Not bad for a cell phone shot with no modifications other than dropping the color out, huh?

I had intended to post that in another thread,
and I removed the first shot as it doesn't really show what this thread is about.

The second one, though, clearly shows #9's number plate as it was intended.

Anyone familiar with Bachmann number plates,
will see the difference between this and what comes out of the box...




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