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    Howdy Folks,

    As usual I've been away more than I've been paying attention but I still have a handful of bits to work on. This latest is a bodge of bits I've had laying around for a long, long time. It's a Bachmann GE 44 ton diesel wit an AHM Plymouth cab and a pair of hoods from an Athearn EMD switcher. I think it's pretty ugly, but not without some charm. Nothing's been committed yet, it's all just sitting together as a mock up.

    So, should I keep working on this monstrosity or kill it with fire?

    -Cody

  • #2
    Cody, IT'S ALIVE..... Centercab Anthracite diesel Goat.
    Welcome back!

    Philip
    Philip

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    • #3
      I say keep working on this monstrosity. How about an SBS on the kitbash?

      I like it.

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

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      • #4
        Cody~
        Don't RIP track us brother, keep going this looks like a cool build. My only request is if you're gonna be a bear--then be a grizzly and go all out with it!
        Thanx Thom...
        The Cannonball Run: If you're going to be a bear... - YouTube

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        • #5
          That's why they had back shops, for this very reason. Make-up what was useful for there railroads. Go for it with a SBS on the kit bash like Bernd suggested.


          Louis
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #6
            Thanks folks,

            The more I look at it the more I like it. I'll see what I can do for a step by step, I think I have all the parts I'll need...

            More soon,

            Cody

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            • #7
              I can picture it now, moving cars around an industrial area.

              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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              • #8
                Alright everybody,

                Let's start!

                So far I've only collected three major parts:

                An n-scale Bachmann GE 44 ton diesel for the mechanism, an Athearn EMD model 50 for the hoods (check with your On30/Gn15 friends who may have bought one for the mechanism), and a cab from an AHM/Minitrains Plymouth (I'm using this cab mostly just because I have one. I think a cab would be a pretty straightforward scratch build).

                As it stands now, the Bachmann 44 tonner is pretty much intact, I've only removed the grabs, handrails and cut leavers from the ends. The Athearn hoods fit snugly over the GE body with only a slight shaving of details on the sides. It took me about two minutes. Also the Athearn hood pieces have a small lip that fit into the cab of the original model that I shaved off. They butt up against the cab nicely. The cab has had the details on the front and back sanded down. The lack of windows on the ends is something I want to change.

                That's where it stands right now. Everything is just sitting together. Next steps will be to add some material to widen and lengthen the frame/deck. Currently the 44 tonner has Micro-Trains z-scale couplers, but they'll be switched out for something else. I'm also planning to add a fuel tank of some sort. The curved sides under the frame and between the trucks are a dead giveaway of its GE origins, so I wanna change that.

                One last thing I was thinking about is removing the grabs from the front of the hoods and replacing them with some wire bits. Well see what happens...

                More soon, probably with pictures!

                -Cody

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                • #9
                  Perfect time of the year for a "Franken diesel".. It's actually a cute little bugger'........... Nice work'..


                  Ted

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Ted,

                    I'll have a few pictures of the Bachmann 44 ton shell modifications shortly. And a small hiccup that will have to be worked around. So far an almost falling together project...

                    More soon!

                    -Cody

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                    • #11
                      All right, something is happening!

                      These are the modifications I made to the Bachmann shell; the cab, pilots, side steps and coupler boxes were all removed and the sides, deck and ends were all filed smooth. The detail on the hood sides were filed a bit to make a nice friction fit for the new hoods. I also filed to tops of the hood smooth, though it probably wasn't necessary.

                      This hiccup was the curved frames under the frame that I was going to cut off has couple divots that hold the shell on the mechanism, so I decided that they'll stay but cut off the curved parts and filed them flat. I figure they'll be a good surface to glue some kind of fuel tank to.

                      Next will be to widen and lengthen the frame, more soon

                      -Cody

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                      • #12
                        Continuing along, I used some HO scale 6x8 styrene to get the deck wider and longer, just four pieces glued on. Also figured that I can fit an ounce of weights under the hoods, probably more if I pour in some lead shot...

                        Gotta decide what to do with the end grabs next...

                        Here's a couple pic's of where we're at

                        -Cody

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                        • #13
                          Looking good!
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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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                          • #14
                            Thanks Michael, gotta figure out the couplers next.

                            Stay tuned!

                            -Cody

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                            • #15
                              Not much progress, but a little is better than none. Micro-Trains couplers have been added, and as luck would have it, they ended up at the correct height. I also removed the grabs from the hoods and will replace them with wire parts.

                              Here's how it looks at the moment:
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                              I'm not sure about the really tall exhaust pipes but otherwise I'm pretty happy with it. Grabs and pilots next.

                              Cheers,

                              Cody

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