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  • Thanks everyone. Since these units are for other modellers, I'm trying to stick to the prototype as much as possible.
    I did paint the second unit today. Here it is in all it's yellow glory:
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    While I was at it I painted the Dynamic brake louvers and vents on the second unit. Just like the first, it took several light coats of paint applied over an hour to cover properly.
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    The other thing that I did was to paint the center-front windows. Looking at the prototype pictures it looks like these were plated over as the Dynamic brake box blocked them anyway.
    Now I don't have a lot I can do until the decals arrive. I hope that will be in the next couple weeks.
    I did have a crazy idea of building another of these using an Athearn SW7 and a Juneco SW1200 conversion kit. However I would convert it to HOn3 for my logging line.

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    • I did have a crazy idea of building another of these using an Athearn SW7 and a Juneco SW1200 conversion kit. However I would convert it to HOn3 for my logging line.
      I'd be waiting at your shop door to get a front seat to see that. I've also been contemplating building an HOn3 diesel. It would be built on a DD-40 four axel truck. I just haven't been able to figure out how to narrow the whole Athearn truck frame yet.

      Almost forgot to mention, those engines are looking nice with that paint job.

      Bernd
      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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      • Thanks Bernd. If and When I do build that project, I'll be following the re-gauging process that I went through for my 'Mule'
        Building an HOn3 Mule, re-gauging Athrean Trucks - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

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        • Glenn,

          Thanks for the link. I went back and looked, and I did comment on it. Completely forgot about it. I'll follow your lead on that and give it a try.

          Bernd
          New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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          • This is the next diesel project:
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            It's an Athearn SW7 that I got in the bottom of a give-away box. A previous owner started a CNR SW1200rs conversion on it. In the eighties a Canadian company called Juneco made a conversion kit that gave you the castings to replace the front and rear numberboards, drop steps, horn, exhaust spark arrestors, as well as the correct truck sideframes. The also give instructions to add ladder grabs to the front of the long hood sides and move the hood mounted railing to the outside of the walkways. The previous builder did a number of these items before he gave up. I plan to finish and convert the engine to HOn3

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            When I got the shell it was missing some of the castings but a quick look through my stash shows that I have everything that I'll need.

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            • Count me in also.
              I'll be lurking about with notebook in hand (yes I still have & use pencil & paper). Never seen or heard of anyone hacking pencil and paper, although some- I hear have lost notes to their dog.

              Thanx Thom...

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              • Make me want to dabble in HO again! Nice work Glen!
                Philip

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                • Glen,

                  I'll be watching you do your magic. It looks like a basket case right now.

                  Mike
                  _________________________________________________

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

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                  • I'll be following along as well, my local shop has that Juneco kit and I've been curious about it.

                    -Cody

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                    • Have we taken a break here?


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

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                      • Sorry, I've had my attention taken by other projects. Hopefully I'll be back working here shortly. The Canfor decals have been shipped but Canada Post seems pretty slow so that could take another week before they show.
                        Over the last couple months I took on a number of projects, maybe a few to many, and I've been trying to clear my plate so I can focus on a few less, including my own layout.

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                        • I hear you there. Life takes us away from many things. And too many projects at once doesn't help. Here is the US we have Louis DeJoy the Postmaster General of the United States, and you talk about slow mail on your side of the pond, well he has things all messed up around here. More money and slower mail deliveries. That's the main reason for all the Amazon, and UPS deliveries. US mail will be the thing of the past.


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

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                          • I'll be following along once you get back to it. I picked up the Juneco conversion kit and a basket case Athearn SW(both for 20$) so I'm looking forward to some old school restoration modelling.

                            -Cody

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                            • I should be getting back to that project shortly, since I made some good progress on my other projects.

                              I completed the painting and lettering of the two locomotives this weekend.
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                              I painted the cab roof, walkways, steps and front Radiator opening with engine black. I managed to mask and airbrush everything except the stairs, those were brush painted.

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                              The decals were custom made by Black Cat Decals. One of the fellows that I'm building these for contacted the owner and had them made up. The cost was fairly reasonable too, he tells me. They went on just like the other Black cat decals that I've worked with.


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                              I used microscale's Micro-Sol decal setting solution to get the decals to lay flat when dry. Some were more fragile than others, like the Canadian Forest Products LTD. broke twice when I applied it. It's better to soak the larger and longer decals in water until they just slide off the backing. Fortunately , the fellow ordered 8 sets of decals so I was able to repair the broken ones .

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                              Now it's time for the re-assembly. One will be fairly easy, the other will need most of the handrails to be fabricated.

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                              • Glen, I was going to ask why both had the same number but thought you may have mentioned why in a previous post, so I ended up going back through the entire thread. So I answered my own question, and got to revisit some great modelling. Thanks for posting your work, it really is inspiring

                                -Cody

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