Detailling a Con-Cor MP15

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  1. Jon Grant

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    Here's the latest loco I am doing up. It's the Concor MP15 with more than a few bits of an Athearn SW1500 chucked in for good measure.

    This is the one I'm doing.

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    First the frame. The sides of the frame have been cut back with plasticard strip to hide the gap between the metal and the underside of the body. The fuel tank has been built up with lead sheet to give some extra weight.

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    Next the body shell.

    The Concor cab/battery box and the front end have been replaced with those from an Athearn SW1500. The ConCor handrails have been cut away to leave the plastic stanchions.

    These were drilled out and wire fed through the holes. Finally, the crap chimneys have been replaced with brass strip to represent stovepipe ones. So far, so good.

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    More to follow.....


    Jon
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    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: uking goooood. :wave:
  4. NYC-BKO

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    Looking good Jon, hurry up and finish it, I want to see it done. -:D:thumb:
  5. Ray Marinaccio

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    Nice work Jon. :thumb:
    Looking forward to more.
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    Wow!

    What a great start to a BIG job! Keep us posted, please! :thumb:
  7. Jon Grant

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    The body detailling is now complete, save a couple of bits which go on after painting. Of special note are the unusual sandboxes and the cab-end handrails.

    Now to undercoat the shell and detail the chassis, while the paint is drying.

    Jon

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  8. Jon Grant

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    Hot off the spray booth (garage)

    The primer/undercoat is now on and all those blemishes and unfilled holes show.

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    The chassis has also had a bit of treatment, with more to follow.

    Jon
  9. Jon Grant

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    Here's the comparison with the unmodified MP15.

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    There's more work to do on the chassis before putting the motor and decoder in.

    Jon
  10. NYC-BKO

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    Jon, that is one fine piece of work there. What a difference your mods made when compared to the stock version. It's excellent. -:thumb::thumb::thumb:
  11. Jon Grant

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    Paint and decals added

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    Next job is to stick the decoder in and get the lights working.

    Jon
  12. Gary Pfeil

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    Jon, that is awesome, you do fantastic work!

    Gary
  13. NYC-BKO

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    Whoa. Jon, are you sure that's a model and not a superimposed image of the real thing. That engine is fantastic, way to go, nice job. -:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
  14. Ray Marinaccio

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    Looks great Jon. :thumb:
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    Excellent Job :thumb: :thumb:
  16. Jon Grant

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    I took some stuff to run on a friend's layout today, so here's a few shots of the MP15 'in action'.
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    Jon
  17. NYC-BKO

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    Jon, that engine really looks great running on a layout.:thumb: You need to build one, even small one! Haha!!! -:eek:
    Your friends layout is impressive as well, I really like the tower in the second photo.:cool:
    Thanks for showing it. Now what about that GP15-1.:wave:
  18. Jon Grant

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    Brian, the scenic portion of John's layout was salvaged from his portable layout Penn St Station, which was almost entirely NYC, so theres more than a bit of NY modelled, even though most of the stock is now Pennsy.

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    The SV GP15-1 parts have been cleaned up, but - disaster - I have lost one of the pilots and anticlimber already, so have had to copy the remaining 2 castings. This is my 'gaff of the week'.:confused: :cry:


    Some pics to follow soon.

    Jon
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    Just to finish off the story, the MP15 now has ditch lights.

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    Jon