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Wes Stewart
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A very old Aristo FA gave up its running gear for a generic diesel.

It was too long,
but with some paring and reversing of a frame section,
came out about right for a closer wheelbase.

A few compromises to allow senior and a bit shaky hands to work on it,
but so far so good.

Image one shows the modified chassis.
The front section was reversed to bring back the truck pivot about 1.5"

We are shifting from 1/29 standard gauge to 1/24 narrow gauge.
This looked to be a nice proportion.


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Front and rear hoods are built up with styrene.

The black is sort of a guide coat, rather than the ultimate color of the loco.
GE locos, it seemed, were customized a lot.

I picked out the bits I liked.
Particularly happy with louvers.

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Center cab.

A challenge to get all the corners and angles square.
Square styrene tubing was used to build up a cab frame.





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Sides are added.





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Roof is added.

Making it removable,
and will come up with something to disguise the fasteners on the corners.

Any suggestions welcome...


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The control panel is made from a few layers of styrene, then sanded down.

I designed the lip to lock the cab end of the hood down,
so I could minimize the number of fasteners holding the superstructure to the chassis.

Under the floor will be an equipment bay for the batteries and some RC gear.


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Your diesel build is taking shape nicely.






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Cheers

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New roof scheme.

.010 Styrene layers.



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Looking good so far,

can't wait to see more progress.





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