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  • Frank_Palmer
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    Thankx for the compliments Thom. It is a curious piece of railroad history. I think you should go for it. The Bachmann BQs come up for auction every once in a while. I bought a second one as a spare.

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  • tct855
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    Frank,

    I'm slow getting here to this wonderful kitbash.

    I too, have always had an eye perking up to any BQ cab engine build or kitbash.

    You did an awesome job here. Very nice job executing & photographing.

    Always looking forward to see what you are doing and hopefully my cement head leaks in a little new knowledge every now & then. Thanx Thom...

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  • Frank_Palmer
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    Karl, hum. You're tempting me.

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  • k9wrangler
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    I'd love to see you do that same loco.

    My photo also was taken in MI, at Mulliken W of Lansing, on the old Pere Marquette

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  • Frank_Palmer
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    Thanks Ted, there’s something about odd and unusual looking locos that perk my interest.

    Thank you Louis.

    Thanks George and Bruce

    Karl, page 35 huh, I’ll bet that took a while. That is an interesting paint job. They must have done a poor prep job for the rust between the FLS stripes to show through. Really interesting paint job to copy, thanks.

    After this post I went searching for more pictures and I found a ton at this site:

    http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoPicture.aspx?id=21580

    More fuel for doing a copy paint job.

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  • k9wrangler
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    Took a quiet afternoon drive thru photobucket and I found it on page 35


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  • Dutchman
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    Frank, great job on that bash project. Nicely done!

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  • George_D
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    Nicely done, Frank. You did a great job of dirtying her up. :up:

    George

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  • desertdrover
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    Great looking job indeed Frank! Fantastic looking conversion.

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  • quartergauger48
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    That is one beautiful conversion build Frank'. Looks absolutely perfect'.

    I consider the BL-2 the sister of your BQ23. . Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.

    And I think there both beautiful'..Good job too, with the pastels'..first timers usually have a little trouble with them. Not in your case though'. Excellent job as usual'..

    [^]

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  • Frank_Palmer
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    Thanks Pete.

    Bill, when I saw the ghost numbers on the original I thought that would be a nice detail to copy.

    Karl, here's a B23-7 with a similar look and it's one of my favorite pictures. I have a C30-7 and that might be a good way to detail it.



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  • k9wrangler
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    Sho be a purdy job on that there fugly ducklin'

    CSX must have hired Earl Sheib to paint their Family lines locos on the really cheap. I have a photo somewhere in my archives of a CSX GP-38 with half of it's grey flaked off and the Family Lines markings showing through.

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  • Bill_Gill
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    BRUTE-L, Frank, but in a good way. Really like all the details and weathering you did, especially the "ghost" numbers on the cab.

    Nice to have something uncommon on the roster.

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  • Orionvp17
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    Nicely done, Frank! Very nicely done! :up: :up:

    Pete

    in Michigan

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  • Frank_Palmer
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    I’ve finished my late 80’s version of the ubiquitous BQ23-7 and I’m quite pleased with the product. It’s got that great Atlas running gear and detail and now it’s complete with a few-of-a-kind look.

    It was a bash that was far more involved than I would have ever imagined. I’m not too sure I’d do a second one but I’m sure glad this one is done. I think it adds an interesting piece of motive power to my roster.

    After the decals were sealed I started weathering with almost my entire kit. I borrowed a friends pan pastels to give them a try and was pleased enough to order 4 weathering colors from Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, and they were the cheapest I could find. Along with the pastels I used weathering powders, craft, Floquil and oil paints.

    I installed the wipers and shades from the Atlas locomotive and wire grabs from Tichy to the cab.








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