Just ta let ya know I'm doing something railroady

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Catt, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. Catt

    Catt Guest

    This little critter is the end result of one good running sad looking basketcase Nscale LifeLike SW9/12.

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    I've always liked boxcab style locomotives and decided it was time to build one. She isn't quite done yet I need to make end railings and paint her (blue&yellow of course) Letter her for the GVR and get rid of the rapidos.
  2. kettlestack

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    The Catt Locomotive Works comes up with another winner!
    Controls at both ends? MU connections? Bell and Headlights? Ah, a nice touch... a "T" chimney from a caboose?

    Whatcha gonna call that little gem?

    Hey, it's good to see you're back and enterprising again Catt!
    Just go easy when handling the oxycetelene torch during fabrication :)

    Errol
  3. Catt

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    Actually she'll get a stack from a junk GP35,but she also gets horns on both ends mu connections,headlights,ditchlites(GVR is a modern road).maybe even wipers.:)

    By the way I replaced the image above with one closer to her actual size.
  4. RI541

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    Catt,

    Thats a neat looking buggy.

    But not to change the subject but just how hard is it to install ditchlights on say a LL BL2 or SW9/12 or an Atlas U25B? I think ditch lights add so much but never tried to install any.
  5. shamus

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    Love it Catt, now thats a good idea for a small logging buggie, Hmmmm.

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  6. Tyson Rayles

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    Catt there is one flaw with that loco, it's on your layout and not mine!!!!!:D :D :D :D That's one neat buggy, now can you do a center cab????
  7. Catt

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    Tyson,I think that this mechanism would work for a center cab with some grinding on the frame.In stock form the frame is way too tall.If I can score another basket case I will find out.:D
  8. Drew1125

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    Great to see you back in action, my friend, & with a neat little "scratch-bash" to boot! :cool:
    I agree with Shamus, that looks like some thing a logging co. would come up with, being as they have a reputation for some real inovative 1:1 "kitbashing"! :D
    Hows about starting a logging branch as a subsidiary of the GVR?
    Sorry, I've been doing a lot of daydreaming myself lately...might as well see if I can get you doing some too! :D :D :D
  9. Catt

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    boxcab update

    Hey guys here's a rather blurry update on the boxcab.She now has a coat of paint and couplers installed.

    Next up will be snow plows(yes two she is double ended) the logo and a road number.Still waiting for the parts department to get the hand rails though :(

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    Oh yeah,she still needs windows(tinted of course) and mu hoses not to mention headlites

    The coupler you see is not what I am using they are way to long.
  10. kettlestack

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    Wow CATT! I'll eat my words (gulp) :)
    What a transformation, and only with a dash of paint!
    That will look terrific plying the switching yard, that's a lovely looking workhorse.
    Will you have black stiping on the yellow ends eventually?

    When you said it was a basket case, was it a rough runner or did it have a damaged superstructure?

    Errol
  11. Catt

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    Errol,it was in pieces,almost totally disasembled.I'm hoping the guy I got it from can come up with the end railings 'cause I ain't lookin forward to making them by hand.:(
  12. Catt

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    Just to let ya know I'm still messin' with it :D

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  13. Tyson Rayles

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    Really, really neat, the only problem with it is it's on the wrong layout!:D :p :D
  14. RI541

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    Catt,

    looking real good, Is there a way you could get the end rails off another donor engine out of the junk box?

    Hows 616 for a road number?

    Now about those ditch lights I asked about earlier, are they hard to install on a BL2?
  15. Catt

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    Ditchlites are best done with fibre-optics.There was a short article in Nscale magizine (Jan/Feb/02) by Jim Reising on using the f-o to do ditchlites.

    I only have to duplicate it 24 times for my GVR fleet :( The headlites on this little fella will also be done with f-o.

    One tip though,use the plastic kind cause the glass optics will break on you.
  16. kettlestack

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    Catt, How's the 'little critter' box cab coming along? I need inspiration for N handrails. :) .

    Errol
  17. Catt

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    Errol,that little gal kinda got shoved aside for a little while.I've been puttering on the layout trying to show some progess with it.