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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Thanks Guys. I'm not too worried about the wires, I can always airbrush them out later. I do plan on getting video of the 'bug' of Youtube, as long as my layout room lighting will give me a decent picture.

    I got busy with decaling in the workshop this weekend.



    I was pretty impressed with the results, considering these were 20+ year-old decals from Champ. These were in the collection that I recently inherited from another model railroader. Fortunately he stored them properly and they went on just fine with a little help from some walthers Solvaset.



    I was going to attempt the safety 'hashes' that cover the front and wrap around the sides a bit but with all the different levels of panels it just wasn't going to work out. Originally CP didn't have them on the prototype so I don't feel too bad leaving them off.

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  • Geezer
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    Glen - Not a big fan of Doodlebugs, but I just read

    through the whole thread because It caught my interest.

    When I read "Kitbash" I thought "On30"....but I will

    say this, you have done an outstanding job on this one.

    Once I started to read, I wouldn't quit. I am looking

    forward to the finish, and maybe a video of the "Bug"

    taking a couple laps on your rails.

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  • Genetk44
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    Those wires will be quite easy to change to black or gray.

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  • Nelson458
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    Glen, That Tuscan red is my favorite color. I model the N&W which uses a lot of that on their cars. Yours look great. The roof goes very well with the red too.

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  • Dutchman
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    Looking good, Glen. The contrast of the roof and under body with the Tuscan sides makes it all stand out.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Got a bit more work done on the project/



    I masked off the Tuscan and painted the underside as well as the roof. While I was at it I decided to mock up the car to see what it was like completed.



    The rear truck is wired. (I sort of wish my soldering guy had used black or grey wires) They route between the two length-wise frames and up through the baggage area.



    The interior is pretty empty so far but I'll be adding and interior shortly.

    Next, decaling!

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    I took a deep breath and fired up my new airbrush today (a Pacshe model H)



    I used Scalecoat CPR Tuscan red. Since I was going to spray the doodlebug I decided to get a few other cars ready for paint at the same time. There's a Rivarossi Pullman, and Athearn baggage, clerestory roof coach and a round roof coach. I also had enough paint to spray an Athrean RPO that's not in the picture.



    I was pretty happy with how the paint turned out. Not having sprayed Scalecoat in almost 15 years sent me back on a learning curve. on my first car I hadn't thinned it enough and it spattered pretty bad but after thinning and re-spraying the car it looked better. The other thing I remembered was that it dries somewhat glossy so it shows all the mistakes that a dull finish would hide.



    The color is a bit less burgundy in person, I think my camera is playing a trick on it.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Thanks guys I'm looking forward to the CPR 'bullet' to be plying the rails on my layout.

    Bernd, I am taking your thought into consideration, I might thin the brass strip where it contacts the axles to lessen the drag.

    Here's a quick update on the project.



    I sprayed the primer on the model the other day. I'll wait a few days until I spray the CPR Tuscan on it. I have 5 other CPR passenger cars to be painted at the same time. I'm waiting until after painting and decaling to add the some of the more fragile details like stirrups since they may just be damaged in the handling.

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  • jschumaker
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    This is coming together very well.

    Jeff S.

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  • George_D
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    I'm enjoying watching your progress, Glen. Looking good. :up:

    George

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  • Bernd
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    Coming together real good there Glen. Those little details are making for a fine looking Doodlebug.

    An observation and comment on the pickup on that ruck. I'm wondering if there might be to much friction from the pick-ups on that truck. I'd like to suggest using something like what I did in the article I wrote for RMC back the July/October 2014 issue. Any easy fix would be to solder .010" phosphor bronze or spring brass wires to what you have attached to the truck now. Cut off the part that is rubbing on the axles and replace with the wire. Much less friction on the truck axles. Here's a picture of one tender truck replacement.



    It's just a suggestion for consideration if what you have doesn't work out for you.

    Bernd

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  • rlundy
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    Looking really good Glen.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Thanks Bruce.

    Well I got a fair amount done on the project this weekend. First I added all the grabs including a ladder made of drop grabs on the engineer's side.



    I used Detail Associates drop grabs and fashioned this drilling jig from the side of an Athearn boxcar.



    Then I used a piece of styrene 4x4 to ensure proper and uniform spacing.



    And here is the finish piece. It's almost ready for the paint shop. I think I'll paint it first and then add the remaining drive after (motor, universals, wiring)

    I also added the pickups to the rear truck:



    I need my friend to do his soldering magic before I can continue with this part.

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  • Dutchman
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    The roof details look good, Glen.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Thanks Bernd. After the initial stress of cutting the car apart and fitting it back together this has been quite an enjoyable project. Of course I haven't finished the drive yet!

    Here's some pictures of my latest progress:

    First the front truck



    I also used C-liner frames, these are from Smokey Valley. I had to trim the frames down lengthwise to get the to fit and swing properly.



    After I had the trucks I could add the front coupler and pilot. The coupler is still removable through the front, the pilot is epoxied it so it's not going anywhere.



    Now the front. I added the front panels of styrene to smooth the front a bit, accented with some 1X6 and half-round styrene strip. I'll be adding marker lights above the windows.



    I also divided the middle window in half and the coupler mount on the bottom doubles as an anti climber.



    I used a plow as the pilot to duplicate what the CPR unit had. I cut to down from the top so it could mount flat.



    as it sits now the exterior needs grabs, ladders and stirups and then the interior will need to be looked at.



    Finally the rear truck will have to be modified to pick up power. I'm not going to rely on just the front truck with my not-so-clean track.

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