CP Rail GP9u Step by Step :)

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by davidmbedard, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. davidmbedard

    davidmbedard Member

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    Rather than wait for someone else to do this project, ive decided to take the plunge.

    Here is the goal (and it can be applied to other roads as well)
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    Taken from Trianweb http://www.trainweb.org/galt-stn/cproster/main.htm

    This is how I decided I would should start on this journey:
    An Atlas GP7 (I dont have a GP9 and I dont count louvers. If you have a GP9 shell, the steps are the same) and a life like GP20 (one of those 19.99 Model Expo fine locos)

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    Taken apart

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    Ive decided to use the Atlas frame as opposed to the Life Like one because it is a closer start!

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    Here is the cut for the Atlas Shell

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    And the cut for the Life Like

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    Here we have the Life Like short hood and cab and the Atlas long hood.

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    'dry fitting' the hoods.

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    and with the cab

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    This is the Starting point for my project.
    Items on the agenda include:
    1.removing most of the Skirt
    2.Winterization hatch
    3.Fabricat the destinctive CP numberboards
    4.Add Horn, Sinclair ant.
    5.Paint.
  2. davidmbedard

    davidmbedard Member

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    Here are the changes done to the skirting. Very easy to do!

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    To This

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    I find the Rail Nipper tools to be perfect for this part of the job.

    Here is the start of the nose headlights. I just added styrene to the front of the nose and took off the marker lights.

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    Here is the "eyebrow" modification. I filed down the numberboard/ light assembly and added styrene (again...got to love the stuff!). Ill next add the bell and the sinclar ant.

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  3. davidmbedard

    davidmbedard Member

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    This is the painting in progress, and the locomotive ready for decals.
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    Here is the Paint job on the unit. I opted for the no multimark scheme.

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    Now It needs to be weathered!
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    davidmbedard Member

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    And finally! A dirty CP Rail GP9u(ish) ready for the yard! In the next few days ill fix the fuel tank, but untill then I am keeping with the story that this was an ex-passenger unit!

    A little lonely :(
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    Much Better!
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    Thank you for your patience on this project. Sorry it took 6 hours. I have 4 more of these to make (or ill make them highnosers or CP Rail Systems or...or....or....SO MANY CHOISES!)

    Cheers
  6. SD90

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    Amazing work as usually David! I like the step by step photos too! Thanks for the pencil trick for the dirty grills and radiators!
  7. cpr_paul

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely use it as a reference if and when I get around to making one. I'll need at least one for the Sudbury yard goat...
  8. hudson2816

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    Heya guys.. I've been going to this site for quite a while now... only registered today tho... I really admire the work that us Canadian guys are doing!! great stuff!!! Getting to my question.. David... I was wondering what paint do you use for your engines? I am going to be detailing and painting about 4 CP SD40-2's in the next coming months.. with 2 being the no multimark scheme... and the red you used is about as close I've seen.. have you painted any units in the Golden rodent scheme? if so what red do you use.. I have heard that Soo line red works pretty good.

    Once again.. keep up the amazing work... loved the step by step stuff on that GP9u... personally I'm waiting for the new Life Like's to arrive.. in my opinon... can't have enough Geeps! lol
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    What great pictures David. I envy people like you that can take one thing and make something else out of it. At my age I am just to clumsy and my eyes just aint what they used to be.
  10. davidmbedard

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    Huddy.....I use Poly S action red with a refer gray undercoat. Ive used this alot and I really like the results. For the Golden Bever, Ive never done this scheme cause its not very tasteful, but I would use Soo Line red cause thats what the big guy uses.

    Cheers
  11. SD70BNSF

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    Wow, Great Transformation

    That was a great transformation. I studied it for a while. How easy was it to remove the cab from the hood? Do they pop off with force (snap fit?) or do you have to cut or use some other means to remove them? When you do this do you end up with a left over motor? or do you find empty shells to make these changes?
  12. davidmbedard

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    SD70.....I used a Life Like GP 20 motor (19.99 at model expo) and an Atlas GP 7 SHELL. The cabs just pull off.

    Cheers
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  14. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks for the great "how to " David.
    Very nicely done and well documented.
    Welcome to the Gauge hudson2816
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    Thanks David! I was thinkin' Polly S Red... now that the power's back on.. hmmm maybe I can start to model again! lol a little hard to much with candle light!

    Thanks Matthyro... the gauge seems like a great place for info and ideas and everyone seems very helpfull... one reason why I joined here
  16. SD90

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    I'm going to make one of these for my next project, I also have 5 of those GP20's to paint! I've got all the paint and decals now, just have find some time!
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    Hi David,
    I am having trouble with a C.N. Life Like GP9u and would like to see your photos but I can't open them...Have they been taken off the site?
    Dennis
  18. Zathros

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    :eek:This thread is 9 years old. I think this takes the "Necropost" of the year award!:eek: