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  • Glen's diesel rebuild thread

    I've noticed that I've built a number of CN and CP diesels over the past few years and I thought I'd just consolidate any new builds in one thread.

  • #2
    I'll also include some links to my past projects

    CNR F-3a hybrid

    Battle Damaged F-7a

    CNR F-7 a&b

    Doodlebug Kitbash

    Bachmann 44 ton in CN

    CNR F-3b and F-7b

    Cary CPR & CNR S-2


    • #3
      Beautiful work in every thread'..



      • #4
        Thanks Ted.

        I started on another engine project recently.

        Another modeller gave me a Proto1000 RS-10 chassis. I started looking around to see if I could get the body for it but pretty much came up empty. However I suspected that the drive components were the same as a Proto2000 FA-2 . A quick search on Ebay netted me:

        for about 20$ I got a dummy FA-2. Unfortunately, it was missing the large radiator fan screen

        Not only were the drives the same, but the engines had the same wheelbase.

        I also had a spare body that I started work on some time ago, cutting the engineer's door open as well as some other mods. It was also missing the fan screen but I managed to find the detail associates photo-etched screen and the Miniatures by Eric Canadian Pacific winter hatches for the engine. My plan is to build the matching 'A' unit for a 'B' that I built up and painted awhile ago


        • #5
          NICE'. :up: [:P]



          • #6

            Are those the original flywheels? I've never seen anything like those. They look like large pulley's.

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            • #7
              Nice modeling Glen!


              • #8
                Thanks for following along everyone. Bernd, I'm not sure if those are the original flywheels on the RS-10 but the original Proto2000 FA-2 had a belt-driven radiator fan that used flywheel/pulleys like that to drive it. Since all I got was the frame and drive of the RS-10, the previous owner could have swapped parts just like I am.

                I stripped down the two drives

                The engines pretty much came apart like an Athearn, no screws holding anything together except the fan mount and light/cab interior parts. The dummy FA-2 had a weight glued in where the motor would be with some kind of rubber cement but I was able to pry it out quite easily.

                I took the powered trucks apart to inspect and re-lube them. 3 out of the 4 axle gears were split, a common occurrence in these older Proto models. I figured I could get the parts out of the Dummy trucks but all 4 of those were split as well. Off to the hobby shop to get replacements. The Athearn gears are a direct replacement.

                However they are a very tight fit. I ended up using my drill press as an arbour press to put them on.

                Now the trucks are all back together, and I cleaned the glue from the motor area so the motor will fit. I'll have to isolate the motor from the frame yet since I'm adding a dcc decoder.

                Now that the frame and drive it good to go, I can start work on the body.


                • #9
                  I repaired and added some Canadian Pacific details to the body.

                  I had to replace the missing radiator fan and it's round bezel. The body that I used was originally a CP unit molded in action red.

                  I had to sand the primer off so I could start making the new bezel.

                  I fashioned the new bezel using 1X6 styrene strip from evergreen. I layered them 3 strips thick on each side. I tried to keep the joints on the front and back as that's where the winter hatch parts go.

                  then I glued the etched fan screen in with some CA and the Miniatures by Eric winter hatch in with some epoxy.

                  I had also noticed that I broke some of the steps off the bottom of the shell. The spare CP shell contributed those. It will also be contributing it's grab Irons and windshield wipers. For some reason this shells part went missing some time ago.

                  And the shell primered and ready for it's first paint color, CPR gray.


                  • #10

                    Thank you for posting an index to your fine diesel modeling of the last couple of years. I'm also enjoying your current diesel project with its distinctive details.


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


                    • #11
                      Thanks for following along, Mike.

                      I masked and painted the shell with Tuscan today

                      It took about and hour to mask off the gray, and 10 minutes to paint. It's a pretty complicated paint scheme, typical of the 50's I suppose.

                      Then I held my breath and peeled the tape back. Minimal bleed under that can be covered by the decal job and that's next.


                      • #12

                        I don't think it took Zorro or the Lone Ranger that long to put on a mask.

                        Very good results.


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


                        • #13
                          I finished decaling the FA-2 today:

                          I first masked the shell and painted the ladders and pilot black, then sprayed everything in Glosscote so that the decals would adhere better. I used a set of Canadian Pacific Cab locomotive decals from Black Cat. They are fairly thin and fragile so patience is required.

                          I think the hardest part were the three stripes on the nose. On other manufacturers set that come as one decal, on these they come as three separate decals that are too long and have to be cut and spliced together.

                          I resprayed the engine in dulcote. There's a bit of touch up on the paint I have to do but it's pretty much finished up to adding some details and the window glass.

                          one last thing I did today was to spray the grabs from the red CP shell in primer, I'll paint them yellow next and install them.


                          • #14
                            I'm impressed.


                            • #15
                              Thanks Frank.

                              I repainted and mounted the side grabs today:

                              I had to airbrush them in Scalecoat CPR yellow as I don't have that color in acrylic. I have to custom bend some grabs for over the cab windows yet, and install the horn and glass but other than that it's almost ready.