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    While await the replacement Athearn SW-7 switcher for my Dunkirk project I thought I would use the time to plan a build around the SW-7 switcher I have.



    I have surfed [:-magnify] the net and have not found much that is interesting for the two truck unit.



    I would like to stay in the 1920 - 30 era for this gas or diesel mechanical unit.



    Any ideas [:-bulb] would be appreciated ....
    Tom M.

  • #2
    Check yer PM's

    Geezer

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    • #3
      Hey Geez, can't we be privvy to what's going on, eh?

      I was thinking maybe start with a center cab from BVM and go from there? [:-batman]

      Arthur
      Arthur

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      • #4
        Tom,

        There are alot of fun options if you go with one powered truck and one freewheeling truck. For example with that you could put a truck front cab, hood and fenders and a covered back end, much like some of the bachman railtruck kits. If you want I can go thru the collection I have and post some ideas.

        Les

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        • #5
          LOL Art - No big secret - I just offered a idea to Tom in PM 'cuz I didn't want to

          stir up a hornets nest in his thread. I thought maybe one of them HAWK 1:48 scale

          Trolley kist might work.....Just an idea....

          Geezer

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          • #6
            Geezer since when did you not want to stir up something?

            Humm I have passanger car casting on my mind trying to get my fleet completed.



            Sorry I had to use mspaint.

            Grill is from a mighty midget I am waiting to build.

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            • #7
              Hi Tom,

              You might try doing a google 'images' search for steam tram. There are lots of ideas there. Many trams have skirting which hide all or most of the wheels. Could be a good way to disguise the athearn side frame.

              I sent you an email with a couple of pics.
              Michael

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              • #8

                One of our evil [:-devil] minded people suggested this:



                The Porter cab could be stick built to the size and width of the dunkirk base.



                A bigger, wider engine bonnet could be made ...



                Lots of details could be created for this ...
                Tom M.

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Tommatthews


                  One of our evil [:-devil] minded people suggested this ...



                  Geez, wonder who that could've been? [:-devil]

                  Glad to see the visuals! My thoughts ... (adapt, apply or disregard at whim) ...

                  A) ALLOW the Porter cab to be narrower than the deck:

                  -- simplifies the project

                  -- adds to the funky effect

                  B) Based on that last view, it looks like there's room for the hood to slide forward ... so you may just be able to cut the rear beam from the cab and situate everything ...

                  -- if needed, trim off that small bit at the back of the SW-7 hood

                  C) Bash and modify that hood -- bigger doors, exhaust ... well, I'm sure you've already got it all in mind ...

                  D) Review Les D's loco thread and make a gigantic pile of "junque" that you can spread out all over that wide open deck ... if you add enough JUNQUE, Les will turn a lovely shade of green [}] ... but then he'll spring back and out-junque us all again!

                  Should be a doozy! [:-devil]
                  Cheers,

                  Dallas



                  Chambers Gas & Oil -- structure build

                  Quality craftsmanship with a sense of humor! []

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                  • #10
                    Tom,

                    I like the effect on the plastic cab.

                    I agree with Dallas try to slide the cab up even to the point of the beginning of the taper so it is not so obvious this started as an SW.

                    How about roughing up the hood to make it look like cast metal and then replacing the doors on the hood with wood doors?

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                    • #11
                      [:-sleep] I'll sleep on the suggestions and perhaps more will be put forth [:-sleep]
                      Tom M.

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                      • #12
                        I'm interested in seeing where this goes. Keep us updated!

                        Arthur
                        Arthur

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                        • #13
                          quote:


                          Originally posted by Tommatthews


                          Any ideas would be appreciated ....


                          I used a stock Plymouth shell and extended the hood to accomodate the Athearn gear. The possibilities are endless. Doesn't someone make a retro bigger porter cab? I kind of cobbled this together with big motors in mind[:-hypnotized]

                          Philip



                          Philip

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                          • #14
                            Philip ! WOW! Down & Dirty!!! I like it......

                            Makes my 70 ton look brand new!.....

                            Geezer

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                            • #15

                              A couple of cardboard mock-ups .....

                              Square







                              Round






                              Tom M.

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