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Some N scale ALCOs
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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2012 05:11 pm
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I had designs on the spare bedroom when we moved to our new place, then a second kid came along and life became more lively and less spacious. I've since been relegated to a space between the furnace and water heater. Such is life.

Anyways, since I have some time off this summer, and I'm wanting to build something that I might have a hope of running sometime in the near future, I took another look at N scale, but this time standard gauge. Well, I discovered Atlas parts and I've been in kit bashing heaven ever since. When a half dozen nice running atlas chassis' cost less than an HOn3 locomotive, N scale presents an attractive set of modeling opportunities for someone in my position.

I've always liked the ex N&W C628s the Chicago and Northwestern ran out of Escanaba MI. I never got to see them run, but I remember seeing them all lined up in the yard in Escanaba for years. I'm not sure why they kept them around so long after replacing them, but I thought they were the best looking locomotives around.

I decided to make a pair of them and started with two Atlas Master Series C628s. These are all low short hood models. Each locomotive needs two undecorated shells, the rear of one becomes the high front hood for the other. Conveniently, the rear of the cab matches the front so two cabs can be spliced together to create the longer, non-angled cab representative of the high nose C628s. A section of the long hood right behind the cab matches the roof profile of the short hood, and this is spliced to one of the ends to create a complete nose. The molded grabs were removed as well as some of the hatches that were not on the high hood version.

I've started finishing them, but here the are unpainted.



I've designs on doing a pair of C425s next. Those will be a bit more difficult. It will probably involve frankensteining a LifeLike C424 with some Atlas parts.



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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2012 02:05 am
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Very credible 'bash!


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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2012 06:23 am
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Very Nice, can't wait to see them painted
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 Posted: Fri Aug 10th, 2012 06:03 am
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The finished models have some changes from what you see above. The long hood should have two more tall doors on each side near the end, instead of the short doors you see, so I had to splice in a section from the correct shell. Lots of sanding and checking, lol.

I had some loksound select micro decoders with steam sound I was planning to use in HOn3. I had them reprogrammed to the alco 251 16 cylinder sound file. The loksound select is my new favorite decoder. The sound is just as good as a Tsunami, they are about half the price as a micro-Tsunami and they are smaller, and they run sweet right out of the box, no endless mucking around with CVs to get them to run right. Just adjust volume to taste and go. Nice!

Here's a shot of the install. I hacked up the DC light board to accomodate DCC. After fitting two speakers, I lacked room for the stock LEDs so it was SMD LEDs and resisters to the rescue. Those things will fit anywhere. I've actually been able to fit an LED and resister inside an HOn3 headlight housing, behind the lens. Just be careful not to exhale to deeply while soldering, they're liable to drift off. The sound is surprisingly good for N-scale. I made a baffle near the rear, it really seemed to help.



Here they are finished. Micro scale decals, floquil enamels, most weathering is airbrushed.










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 Posted: Fri Aug 10th, 2012 06:09 am
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No, the beacons don't operate. I thought about it, but I wanted to finish this project this summer!



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 Posted: Fri Aug 10th, 2012 02:58 pm
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WELL!

And I was going to comment on what a great job you did!

Then you go and admit that the beacons don't operate!!

HARUMPH!!



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 Posted: Fri Aug 10th, 2012 04:22 pm
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WOW they came out great, Nice to see work like that in N scale
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 Posted: Sat Aug 11th, 2012 03:08 am
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Thanks Herb, thanks Rich!

I've come to grips, I'm a hopeless rubber gauger.



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Mike

Having been a long time N Scaler and seen many attempts at such a bash those Alcos of yours have come out extremely well. The weathering is nicely done too, great job.

Rod.

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Great bash! Paint job and weathering are top notch! I'm hearing (no pun intended :P) nothing but good things about those Loksounds. Will have to give them a look.

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