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Some N scale ALCOs
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 Posted: Sun Sep 9th, 2012 05:41 am
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I took a few shortcuts, I thought about redoing the radiators so the walkway sits above the vents, but in the end decided not to. Looking now, I see a few things wrong and a few other areas I could have detailed better, but simply adding separate grabs, cut levers, and other details go a long way to enhancing the look, plus I would like build about a half-dozen so I needed an approach I could "mass-produce". I've started the next two, I figure this approach is a decent compromise between super detailed and quick and dirty. If anyone else wanted to learn an "easy" way to a high nose  c628, let me know here and I can post a more in-depth build.

In other news, I took some time Thursday to learn the loksound programmer. This thing is really cool. I loaded them up with ESU's new Alco 251-16 sound.

Vast improvement over the old one. Here's a sample: http://www.esu.eu/en/downloads/sounds/loksound-select/?tx_esudecoderprojects_pi1[page]=1&cHash=69c4e67ed0ffaa7384915e91ae66e75e


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Here's a video of them running. They sound pretty good for N scale. The crackling distortion is due to the tiny microphone on my crappy digital camera. There's no distortion when listening in person. The decoder's are loksound select micros, there are two 8 ohm speakers wired in parallel in each locomotive.
http://youtu.be/X3mpH79y55Q

Here's the real thing for comparison, MLW's with ALCO 251-16.





So not exactly the real thing, but  it's about the best that today's technology offers for n-scale sound.




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Mike,

 

WOW  That's all I can say. If you han't of said they were N scale I would have thought they were HO scale. Nice job on the details. Would love to see the C425's. :2t: :2t: :2t: 

I'm an Alco fan I have two brass C628's in LV snowbird paint. The need to be repowered someday.

Ok, Hope to see those C425's someday. :thumb: :thumb:

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OK! you have that part down pretty darn good

Now get working on the smoke thing.

All REAL diesels smoke. The things with electronics are just wannabe's!


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These are Tier IV compliant Alcos Herb. Can't you see how green they are? :bg:

Maybe I could do smoke if I was building DD40s... hmm

Thanks Bernd, I picked up an undecorated LL C424 to start that conversion, unfortunately their idea of undecorated is painting something gray, so I have to strip it clean first.

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Nice work on those Alcos!!! Can't wait to see the C425s. I love the sights and the sounds of old Alcos. Wish someone would come up with a small smoke generator to put in the engines. Too bad not many large alcos have been preserved. I'm just happy to get to work around the Alcos at the A&M RR.

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Hi Mike

Great ALCO's !!!

I went to France a few years back...

...to see the ALCO's at Dunkirk harbour...

...cool day cool loccys !

Cheers

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