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Blunt End F-Unit For The 'California Pacific'
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 Posted: Tue Feb 8th, 2022 09:29 pm
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When 3D-prints became available from Shapeways,
I bought a Rock Island style cab, intended to convert an E-unit to an AB type.

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However, I fainted,
when I realized that there are EXPEN$$$IVE brass models out there,
and mine would never come close...

So this cab remained in the "to do" box.
 
Yesterday I had the idea to equip a four axle F-unit with this cab.

So I am free re detailing, which makes work easier,
and I may use one of many Athearn F-units that I have gathered as donors,
as the drive can be used for this and that.

The body suffers from those ugly oversize windshields that are a pain to correct,
so no loss to butcher one of them and replace the original cab with my 3D-part.

First try:










However, I found that the previous owner had done irreparable damage to the shell,
when cutting the masking tape with a BIG knife... 

So next step is to replace it with a better shell.




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 Posted: Wed Feb 9th, 2022 09:42 pm
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Did what I hate like the plague... 
Discarded the damaged shell, and started again at Zero. 

Cut apart a perfect CP Rail shell, glued the cab to it, 
and cut the cab doors from another damaged shell. 

Then applied a heavy layer of fine Automotive putty on the roof, 
to correct the shape of the cab roof. 

Now mulling about the pilot... 
Rock Island units had a pilot similar to an plain E-Unit, 
which I consider inappropriate under the boxy body. 

Maybe will fabricate one from brass sheet.






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corv8 wrote:
Now mulling about the pilot... 
Rock Island units had a pilot similar to an plain E-Unit, 
which I consider inappropriate under the boxy body.


Given how Rock Island did some quirky, oddball things,

which were in their own way "Rock Island Logical",

what would a snowplow pilot look like on it ?

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 Posted: Sun Feb 13th, 2022 03:26 pm
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Kitbash0n30 wrote:
... what would a snowplow pilot look like on it ?


The winner has 100 points.... Exactly what I did !

Glued two sheet styrene pieces to the cab,
and attached a cast Alco Century snowplow pilot to them.

Looks good, and will be useful,
as this thing won't travel the midwestern plains,
but the Rockies, on the grades of the California Pacific.

She is now in primer.

My attention has been diverted to a huge load of trolleys
that have arrived this week, which have priority.

Will post pics. of trolleys and AB unit soon.




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Took a quick shot of her...

Merciless lens shows that the front surface is still rather rough.

Needs some sanding, and maybe one or two more coats.




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 Posted: Sat Jul 30th, 2022 10:23 am
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corv8 wrote:  
Took a quick shot of her...

Merciless lens shows that the front surface is still rather rough.

Needs some sanding, and maybe one or two more coats.

 
After five or six coats more and much sanding,
and several mishaps at removing tape...

I have sanded her once a final time more yesterday evening.
One more coat, then I give up.

Used a can of dark red,
which I consider suitable for Rock Island livery.


Also tried several ways to simulate the composite plywood & stainless
panels used by EMD to dress up RI, Santa Fe and other locos... 

Best results are with duct tape,
that plumbers use for sealing insulation on heater pipes.

However, it looks like after several years of hard life out on the road.







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