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Whitcomb 65-Ton Diesel - 'Piko' - HO Scale
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 Posted: Mon Nov 7th, 2022 09:31 am
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Piko announced two ? years ago its first US model,
a 65-ton Whitcomb with slant side + cab, as used by
the US forces in North Africa, Italy and elsewhere.

Initially it was shown in European configuration,
with buffers and loop couplers,
paint schemes were Army black and Belgian RRs green.

When they announced a US version (Maryland Midland)
I ** hoped** they would follow with other road names,
Washington & Old Dominion would have been fine,
or some heavy industry plant switcher, or undecorated.


When they were finally released,
the blue and orange MM loco was the only choice,
and my friendly hobby shop owner talked me into
upgrading my order to a sound version.





When I inspected her at home,
I found the European close coupling mechanism
hidden - and blocked - underneath the US front end.

And no way to install scale head couplers,
as only the snap-in 'European' Kadees would fit.


Snipped out the close coupling nonsense
(impossible to remove it in a civilised way, would have
required to disassemble the whole locomotive, wiring and all)
and fabricated a support for plain Kadee boxes + #58 couplers.

One problem resolved.


Found that the decoder wouldn't respond to any
programming commands from my Lenz system....

Fortunately my friends at the club with their ECOS
changed the road number for me.


Now, I wish to have a industrial type loco with a "real" cab....
Plan "A" was to convert the Piko cab.

However I found this impractical
and I would have risked to end up with a destroyed cab.

Plan "B" which is now executed, was to cut down two Athearn cabs,
they fit quite well with reasonable effort, and they are expendable.







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Now with the base for the cab, including access steps.

Also frame had to be reinforced, as the Athearn cab
is considerably wider than the Whitcomb frame.

Strangely, there were slant cab Whitcombs, where the cab
also overhung the frame noticeably, others were flush. 




 
The round EMD roof looked out of place and had to go.
Fabricated a flat roof from brass sheet.







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You have a great ability to "see" changes

that you can make to your builds.

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I love to watch what you do.




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Very interesting build !

I'm torn on this because they had these in WW2 for the Army,

so I'd want to have one in O scale for it's stock configuration.





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Continued y'day evening...

Decided on paint, too many black locos around,
so used the "Rock Island" rattle can, left from the
three power oil electric and the blunt end F-unit.

Story behind this, the RI **might** have purchased
the unsold one off Whitcomb which found no takers
and resold it to the Cal-P when they found it
unsuitable for what they had in mind....

And Cal-P left it in RI dark red
and simply re-lettered her.




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Have her in one piece now...  and painted dark red, but with zebra stripes according to standing California Pacific practice.  As I am still rather unhappy with this overengineered and user unfriendly product, I gave her an appropriate road number - #1313, double Thirteen.  Further removed the tiny single stacks, and added four brass exhaust stacks for each engine.
After trying to set DCC functions I managed to get the road number and speed settings adjusted, but failed to get the lighting correct... but I consider its not worth more effort ; the headlights are dim and barely noticeable anyway. 
Still have to touch up the markers, trucks and underframe; the nasty blue still shows through. 
I am quite happy with the modified Athearn cab, while I havent created a model true to a specific prototype I consider  the overall appearance credible. 

 

Last edited on Sun Nov 27th, 2022 07:43 pm by corv8



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An impressive rebuild .:2t::2t::2t:...............Peter



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corv8 wrote: As I am still rather unhappy with this overengineered and user unfriendly product, I gave her an appropriate road number - #1313, double Thirteen. 

Yeah, but it is former a Rock Island loco. They had some "interesting" stuff.  So why wouldn't it be?
I think it is great.  Another good job for the Cal P.



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Keep on finding these unique things.  I love it.

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Steven B wrote: Keep on finding these unique things.  I love it.
Easy....  I only have to go to my hobbyshop and lay down 300 bucks.
Must have been crazy; I have bought brass articulateds for less. 



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