CP Rail GP9u Step by Step :)

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by davidmbedard, Aug 17, 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.

    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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    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!

    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
  2. Clerk

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    Fantastic job David.

    This is my second post. Don't know where the first one went. maybe south .
  3. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

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    I'll take a dozen...

    Very nice work!

    I'll take a dozen in the 8200 number series....

    Just like the ones that call the West Toronto Junction home....