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  • Bernd
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    Nice work Glen. That'll a nice looking piece of rolling stock when you get it all done. :up:

    Bernd

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    I cut down and detailed the forward part of the roof



    I cut the clerestory portion of the roof down and laid a new styrene roof down, then added the oil cooler. The headlight, bell, horn, spark arrestors and air tanks and from an assortment of detail part manufacturers.


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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Thanks Bruce

    I spent the weekend modeling time finishing up a few small jobs and starting others.

    I did the final mounting of the F-7 frame into the car.



    I used some styrene 90 degree angles in the front and screws in the back. I may have to shim the motor up a bit yet. Since this picture was taken I cut the coupler mounting pad off and I'll be fabricating a coupler mount on the body.

    I then started to look at the roof details, mostly the oil cooler box. Here I used the instructions from the MR kitbash.



    I started with a Proto2000 GP-18 shell. I cut the two front battery boxes (one on either side) and shorter long-hood doors on the engineer's side.



    I glued them all together along with some styrene and two brass geep grills to make the box.



    I dug through my parts boxes and came up with the spark arrestors and headlight. now I can start to determine where to cut the roof back for mounting all these parts.

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  • Dutchman
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    Even with the set back, you are making great progress, Glen.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Thanks guys. I'm planning on painting the car with no rust or allot of weathering, like that shops repaired the car the best they could and painted over what they couldn't.


    I continued with mounting the F-7 chassis in the car tonight, adding a mounting point to the front of the car:



    I cut the plastic "U" to fit the frame and that will be glued to the inside of the car when the time comes. I used some small screws that I salvaged out of some piece of electronic equipment, probably a printer, to mount it.



    I also drilled some mounting holes in the back, through the fuel tank.



    After that I placed the truck and frame into the car, and mocked up the motor and possible flywheel. I found the motor on ebay, 5 for 5$. I has and extra long shaft that may allow me to use the original Athearn flywheel.

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  • boomer44
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    Originally posted by Glen Haasdyk

    "Well I took a deep breath and walked away at that point, coming back later when I was a bit 'calmer'

    Then I spent last evening fixing my 'accident'"

    Glen... your idea of a past accident is a good idea for a cover up. A little silver/gun metal highlights with some new rust... That's your story and your sticking to it.

    A nice build by the way. I have a doodlebug to build... old style... but the castings / wood / metal siding is in good shape. Interesting how you are doing yours. Looking forward to when you have it finished.

    Gordon

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  • Bernd
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    Nice save Glenn. Been in a couple of situations like that myself. Walked away and try again another day. Best advice when things go wrong.

    Bernd

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  • George_D
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    Nice progress, Glen. It looks like the way you're mounting the body on the chassis, the motor won't extend into the passenger area.

    George

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Well I took a deep breath and walked away at that point, coming back later when I was a bit 'calmer'

    Then I spent last evening fixing my 'accident'



    I cut the sill back on both sides so a new one would have some decent mounting and gluing surfaces. I had to make a new door and frame. any holes left were filled with squadron white putty and smoothed over the best I could. Any remaining damage I'll just chalk up to prototype damage that was repaired in shop.

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  • Bernd
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    OUCH[:-cry]

    Sorry to hear. Boy that would have upset me.

    Bernd

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Okay, a couple steps forward one large one back. First I'll start with the progress.

    I got the F-7 frame cut down and did a rough mounting on the doodlebug chassis.



    Chuck, as you can see I won't be putting the frame back together but will be using the Rivarossi rear truck to simplify construction.

    I cut the floor of the 'bug' so that it can be lowered over the F-7 frame to achieve proper ride height.



    I left the 'tongue' of plastic on the back of the floor so it will fit inside the hollow F-7 fuel tank for mounting later.



    I then filled the inside of the fuel tank with styrene layers to bring it up to the proper ride height.



    I did a quick mock-up with some double sided tape and it was pretty much equal front and rear.



    The front is riding on the coupler mount but I will be adding some real mounting points there.

    Now for the 'ugly'



    I didn't realize it at the time but when I was using my dremel tool with a saw blade I sort of 'melted' the one side including the door I scratchbuilt. I'll have to repair the side as best I can (thank goodness this isn't a contest model!) and replace the door. I've got plenty of styrene strip and body filler I can replace and repair the sill and door. I'll just have to live with the slightly mis-shapened panels.

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  • northern6400
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    I am interested to see how you are going to put the frame back together

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  • Bernd
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    Glenn,

    Been following along with your kitbash. Great bit of work. You should send this in to MRC for the "Kitbash Award". I think you have a winner here. [^]

    Bernd

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  • Dutchman
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    Another great kitbash, Glen.

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  • Glen_Haasdyk
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    Just a quick update on the doodlebug project.



    I framed the extra two passenger and the rpo windows with HO scale 3X2 and 1X2 to match the originals.

    I was going to work on the front of the car but a lot of the front depends on the roof detailing so I started on the roof.



    Rivarossi passenger cars come with the window glass molded in with the roof. with all the splices and new details (as well paint stains) the glass had to go.



    a few minutes with my dremel tool and a saw blade:



    I kept the lavatory windows in as well as a slight lip around the bottom for mounting purposes.



    I'm looking at modeling a doodle bug that looks a bit more like a Canadian Pacific prototype. It will have a radiator and oil cooler unit on the roof similar to the one pictured on to cover of the February 1979 Modelrailroader:



    I'm currently tracking down a few parts I need for the roof details.

    Interesting enough the kitbashed doodlebug in the MR article has a similar drive to the one that I plan on building. It uses an Athearn SW7 chassis and trucks where mine will use a athearn F-7 running gear. Speaking of which since I'm stuck on the front and roof I guess I'll start working on the bottom.



    I got and athearn F-7 (super power!) from a fellow modeler. All I need is the front truck and the back end of the frame:



    I'll be cutting it here so I can mount this end to the chassis of the 'bug'.

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