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.
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.
Last edited on Sun Sep 9th, 2012 07:07 am by sledhead
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.