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    Well I figured I'd practice posting some more pics again. This project is a little stretch, but hey! Not too much explaining here, I figure the pictures (while a bit out of order) explain most everything.
    HO Scale BLI Paragon 3 F-7a/b kit set; Custom built, painted, lettered to reflect Monon #83a/b set. Many custom (plastic & brass parts) made on A-unit to closer #83a. 4 separate colors of paint (dark grey, light gray, red & black). Cab complete with paint and crew w/3 custom made visors. Both units carry rear winterization hatches, metal kadee couplers w/hoses. Standard factory Paragon 3 Dcc sound w/lights in A-unit only. Models assigned same 83 address. Now as far as I can figure, Monon didn't have real B-units even tho they ran paired up A-units together as a/b sets??? I figure I can do what I want just like our government right!
    Thanx Thom...



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  • #2
    Really nice work Thom. You've captured the look of the prototype perfectly.
    Nice paint job & decaling. Very sharp.
    Regards Rob

    Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

    My current build.

    https://railroad-line.com/node/979864

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    • #3
      Exceptionally crisp detail and paint work! Very nicely done, Thom!

      Paul

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      • #4
        A beautiful job on these cars Tom.
        Any plans on weathering or are you leaving them pristine?
        Either way they look great.

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          Nice job on those units Tom. I'm impressed with the detail and paint job, as is Kitty.

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

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          • #6
            Fantastic looking F Units Tom. Great modeling done there!

            I wouldn't want to wake up to that cat though.


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

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            • #7
              Thank you Boyz for all the generous at-a-boy (s), much appreciated. I'm still getting used to the posting picture format here (seems every site has it's own method of posting), but I like this one here much better. For some reason tho I labeled all the pics here 1 thru in order in my file and when I uploaded it all the pics came up scrambled???, but I digress!

              The models are for a customer. He wanted the models (f-7's) he had on hand to look like Monon's #83 set, but instead of having two F-3 A-units I did what I could to best represent with the parts I had on hand. He sent the diner car only as a reference to help with the colors and stripping.

              I quickly found out (while doing my research) that the stripes, decals, colors all laid out different on these F-7's. The customer understood and didn't want to make an exact pair but rather a flavor overall. He didn't want any weathering and the car was Stripped down (no weight, no interior, no details applied) so I did a courtesy and put on the details and made the car a conversion car by adding a kadee coupler to one end only and left in the parts bag the other incase he wanted to add it later.

              I must say These particular decals HO scale Microscale # 87-358 Monon F-3 diesels are REALLY hard to find and I would love to have a few more sets if anyone has any they like to sell me. As far as Monon goes. I think I like this color scheme more over the black and gold ones.

              I hope this gives someone some ideas on their next f-unit flavors.
              Thanx Thom...

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              • #8
                Nice work Tom. And a pretty good set of photos my friend.
                --RIch
                --Rich

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                • #9
                  Super nice Thom, Prototype Monon's only looked that good until the second day of service. Excellent work!

                  Jim
                  Take the red pill

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                  • #10
                    Good looking locos, Thom and a fantastic paint job.

                    George
                    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you gentlemen for the generous compliments.
                      These engines weren't mine to weather, but if I ever acquire two-four more sets of these decals (#87-358) I'll make more with plenty of rusty weathering and even more detailing.
                      Thanx Thom...
                      Last edited by tct855; 09-23-2021, 08:45 AM.

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