GP30 by Atlas?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Herc Driver, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

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    Read a rumor on the internet and am wondering if anyone else might have heard it too, and if there might be any truth to it...is Atlas planning on making an HO GP30 High Hood? (I figure if they are, an N scale is sure to follow and I need one in Southern colors...)
  2. zachary

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    hey their herc i dont know of a gp 30 but i think they make a sd60 bysor now zach
  3. LoudMusic

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    According to their website I see no GP-30 high noses in either HO or N. However, there is a GP-7 you might be able to 'upgrade'.

    [​IMG]

    Estimated Delivery: September 2006
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    railohio Active Member

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    It'd be much easier to mod a GP30 with a high nose than to make anything else with a high nose into a GP30.
  5. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

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    That's a good lookin' Southern Pacific unit!

    Found the maker...LifeLike (not Atlas) is making them in HO. Maybe they'll consider doing one in Nscale.
  6. Shooter

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    I agree. The short high-hood of a GP7 isn't even the right kind of hood for a GP30, as the GP30 and later EMD units have a "pointed" end to the hoods, instead of the "flat" end of the earlier engines. Using the tail-end of a second GP30 shell is rather straight-forward, as seen in my attachment.

    ---jps

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  8. Herc Driver

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    Great! Now that they proved they can make one in HO...they need to do it in N.
  9. 91rioja

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    Herc, LL Proto2K came out with the HH GP30 in HO. I got two of them in my beloved N&W colors 2 weekends ago with DCC and Sound. Great runners!
  10. Herc Driver

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    johnh - that's outstanding! How did you do it? Where would you get the parts and detailing pieces? Did you make the molding? I'm really not too familiar with castings and how they're created etc. Did you paint that Southern? Wow, it looks good. I can't wait for one to come out since doing it myself wouldn't be practical for me right now. What do you use for the chassis and motor - a regular GP30 low nose? I've been hoping to pick one up since my son and I got a cab ride in one restored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum. He loved the experience (even got to blow the horn as it entered the station) and I've been searching for one ever since. Do you make these GP30's? What railroad do you model?
  11. Shooter

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    For those who don't want to do their own kitbashing, in the past few months, I've noticed that there is one fellow who offered GP30 High Hood cab and noses (one piece) on eBay. And another fellow regularly offers complete GP30 High-Hood bodies. Search under N-scale, then "GP30", and you'll find it.

    ---jps
  12. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

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    I should have thought to look there...thanks!
  13. engineshop

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    I got an undecorated GP30 shell from Atlas, cut off the back of the shell and used it as the nose. I had to cut the fan housing and use some filler but for my purposes it was enough.
    And for $2.40 it is an unbeatable price.

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  14. Herc Driver

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    That's some nice modeling Roland! There's a picture with a story behind it...great job.