N scale Kato GE C44-9W BNSF #791 'grey ghost'

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #1 by steve4
and another model I am building at the moment. I started with carving off all the molded on grab irons, lift rings, hand rails and coupler cut levers. then I have had to drill some holes. 73 holes so far, four more to go for the windshield wipers, all 0.30mm, drilled with a #83 carbide drill...






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8 years 5 months ago #2 by bikingmike
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You're a sucker for punishment aren't you!

Which road colours will this be finished in?

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8 years 5 months ago #3 by steve4

bikingmike wrote: You're a sucker for punishment aren't you!


I have no idea what you're talking about... ;)

Which road colours will this be finished in?


http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=380836&nseq=0

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #4 by steve4
the details are on and the whole thing is ready for the first layer of 'ghost paint' ...






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8 years 5 months ago #5 by coaster
Ive said it before elsewhere,you do great work steve!!
cheers
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8 years 5 months ago #6 by bikingmike
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Is that simple gray scheme part of BNSF's cost cutting measures? Not the most inspiring scheme I've seen, I much prefer the warbonnet behind it :D

Is this for yourself or a customer?

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8 years 5 months ago #7 by steve4

bikingmike wrote: Is that simple gray scheme part of BNSF's cost cutting measures? Not the most inspiring scheme I've seen, I much prefer the warbonnet behind it :D


underneat the picture in the link you will find this:

Remarks: a group of new C44-9W's were put into service before painting could be done in late '97. One of them leads a westbound vehicle train at Rana, CA

they have had a shortage of engines and instead of wasting time with painting they put them in service in primer and they got painted at a later time.

Is this for yourself or a customer?


for a friend...

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8 years 5 months ago #8 by steve4

coaster wrote: Ive said it before elsewhere,you do great work steve!!
cheers
Stu


thanks Stu and welcome... :cowboy:

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8 years 5 months ago #9 by bikingmike
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like they say, always read the fine print!

Do you use one of those drilling templates for doing the grab holes? They look very neat and uniform.

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #10 by steve4

bikingmike wrote: Do you use one of those drilling templates for doing the grab holes?


no, I use the molded on grab irons as a template...

tools

1. 'centre punch', 2. x-acto #17, 3. #80 drill (nowadays #83 carbide drill bit)

to get that


or that


I remove first with the x-acto the two upper parts of the molded on grab iron


with the 'centre punch' I mark the holes


drill the holes


remove the whole molded on grab iron with the x-acto


put the BLMA wire grab iron in place, super glue it from the inside



tools I use nowadays...

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8 years 5 months ago #11 by Gary
Really nice work, especially when you consider that this is probably smaller than 1/72 right?
What wire do you use for the rails or are they 3rd party rails?



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8 years 5 months ago #12 by steve4

Gary wrote: Really nice work, especially when you consider that this is probably smaller than 1/72 right?
What wire do you use for the rails or are they 3rd party rails?


Hi Gary, thank you. yes the scale is 1/160. the bendt down grab irons are 3rd party parts from BLMAModels.com, the rails on the cab nose are self made out of 0.06'' brass wire from Detail Associates

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8 years 5 months ago #13 by Gary
Sorry but do you have any info for "Detail Associates" sorry, I've never heard of them. I'll add them to our growing links section or you should be able to submit the link.



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Gary wrote: Sorry but do you have any info for "Detail Associates" sorry, I've never heard of them. I'll add them to our growing links section or you should be able to submit the link.


it's a small company, founded back in 1975 by four model rail road enthusiasts and until today they have no company website. ??? I buy their stuff from ebay.com or from places where they are specialised in detail parts like mgdecals.com

here is what is listed at Walthers...

http://www.walthers.com/exec/manuinfo/229/Detail_Associates.html

scratch building supplies
http://www.walthers.com/exec/search?manu=229&category=SBS

detail parts
http://www.walthers.com/exec/search?manu=229&category=Part

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8 years 5 months ago #15 by steve4
I knew there was something missing, there are no grab irons molded on the model :sick: but prototype pictures clearly show four grab irons - how else would the crew be able to go up there anyway...


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8 years 5 months ago #16 by steve4
the drive is dirty and ready...



sorry for the dark picture :sick: , it just started to rain here AGAIN :angry: - I like the NZ summers - I need to get one of these photo tents to make proper pictures...

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8 years 5 months ago #17 by bikingmike
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I presume this is DCC?

Rain and summer are inextricably intertwined in NZ. When it's nice it's nice, and when it's not it's just plain ol' poxy!

Light tents are fantastic things, but you still need proper lighting to go with them.

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8 years 5 months ago #18 by steve4

bikingmike wrote: I presume this is DCC?


yes

Rain and summer are inextricably intertwined in NZ. When it's nice it's nice, and when it's not it's just plain ol' poxy!


I am here for seven years now, should have got used to it one would assume... ;)

Light tents are fantastic things, but you still need proper lighting to go with them.


yeah, something like this: http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/camera-accessories/flashes-lighting/auction-433702952.htm

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8 years 5 months ago #19 by Gary
Yeah that's the one I keep looking at, I've got a big tent but I want a nice small one a 40 x 40 would be ok I'd rather try and find a 30 x 30 but can't seem to find one, also like those lights.



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8 years 5 months ago #20 by steve4
slowly but steady - we are getting there...
...done some weathering


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8 years 5 months ago #21 by steve4
and I finished this one as well...






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