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  • EMD F3 Project

    I've been working on this little project for several months. As a kid, I remember going to the great Christmas parties that EMD threw for the employees and their kids. My dad was a 'plank owner' of EMD and the Lagrange Plant. He dedicated 43 years of his life to it. I have fond memories of him telling about his first job as a Gandy Dancer at age 9 during the Great Depression on the B&O, and getting that dream job at EMD as a machinist apprentice.

    So, while not a Santa Fe follower, This picture has inspired me to attempt a recreation.....

    http://www.indianarog.com/Santa%20Fe%20F3%2026.jpg

    The models are NOS Stewart F3's. 3 of the units are the correct Phase I high fan models. The 4th is a Phase III low fan (could't find a match anywhere). That B unit was an undecorated model. I had a heck of a time trying to at least come close to getting that lower striping.

    I ended up making that decal using Photoshop and decal paper. Even the single stripe decals were/are unavailable.

    All the grab irons were made with .016 brass wire.




    Handrail detail




    The homebrew side decal




    The low fan Phase III :erm:




    Waiting for the Dullcote....on my $25 paint TT.




    After I get 'the shot' to match the original, I'll do a little light weathering. The sound decoder is in second B unit, and sounds great.

    Jim

    Take the red pill

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    Looking good from here, Jim! Congratulations!

    Pete

    in Michigan

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    • #3
      The F3s look really great! You did a nice job making the stripes.

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      • #4
        Great looking start, one would never know the decals were home brew. Nice job!


        Louis L&R Western Railroad
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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        • #5
          The B unit matches the rest very nicely. :up:

          George
          Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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          • #6
            Jim

            Those look great, Santa Fe all the way!

            TomO

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            • #7
              Very nice, Jim. :up:
              Bruce

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              • #8
                Beautiful Job Jim, and being sentimental adds' to their beauty'..[^]


                Ted

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                • #9
                  Jim,

                  Nice job on those units. I really like the hand rails. Makes the units look real good.

                  Bernd
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                  • #10
                    Thanks all, I'm still a little hesitant on the weathering. My recollections of the Santa Fe Warbonnets pulling out of Chicago's Union Station were that they were always clean. The Corwith yard is just west of Chicago, and they ran them through the washers before staging them to make the trips west. A little fan grime probable.

                    Jim
                    Take the red pill

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                    • #11
                      Agree with the clean units. I spent many a lunch time sitting by Corwith in the 70's eating lunch near the wash rack. EVERYTHING headed west, which basically was everything got cleaned. The inbound loco's usually had a slight tan color to the trucks and some of the lower side panels.

                      TomO

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                      • #12
                        Jim,

                        Beautiful job reproducing a beautiful paint scheme. I would find it hard to dull them down at all. As you suggest, perhaps just a little subtle weathering.

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • #13
                          Just for kicks I looked up the two A-units in question. Here’s 3 photos I found.

                          26 in the lead, Bartow, CA, 1950, in the background.



                          Was 26C the same as 26? Joielet, IL, 1960.



                          28 in the lead Topeka, KS, 1959.


                          Frank

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                          • #14
                            I guess the weathering depends on what time period you want them to be in. Brand new to older.

                            but even older, faded, but still clean...Never seen a really completely faded and dirty SF loco of any brand of motive power'...


                            Ted

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                            • #15
                              In 3 days this thread will have a birthday. [:-party]

                              Completed yesterday, notice the final high fan B unit!



                              Jim
                              Take the red pill

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