Six-Week-Challenge: Great Northern X1-X30 series Slant-Cupola Cabeese!

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  1. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

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    This one is gonna be a doozie!!!
    Warning to dialup folks, this is image-heavy!
    The prototype:
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    OK, I started late last night, and as of today, I have the basic caboose structure done.
    It really looks neat, and it's not painted yet!!!

    From the top, here's how it came from a basic Montana Rail Link caboose to be a Great Northern X1-X30 series slant-cupola caboose.
    Start: Stock Atlas caboose, std. cupola
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    Chop it up, add a .015" styrene inner frame--cobble it back together for the off-center cupola:
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    Test-fit a side: (.015" styrene sheet)
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    Modify the cupola, by filing a slant onto the ends, and opening up the windows:
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    Lay a chunk of masking tape sticky-side-up, and secure it to the work surface with another piece of tape on each end--this makes holding the sides for window cutting extremely secure!
    Start cutting blank sides, and cutting the windows into them as well:
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    Drill 1/4" holes in the caboose body, (and hog out holes with file) for the windows, fill in the major gaps with .040" styrene to add rigidity:
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    Glue on sides, allow to dry, and fill in gaps between roof and side edges with putty: *don't glob it on like I did!*
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    Cut a pair of pieces on .015" styrene to fit behind and in front of cupola, file to fit, and using same operation as for the sides, cut in the cupola windows. Glue in, and putty the gaps as before:
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    Starting to look amazingly like the GN X3 picture I posted in here, eh?
  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Looking good so far.
    Interesting project.
  3. Lighthorseman

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    Wow! What a lot of work! Looking good...:thumb:
  4. MCL_RDG

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    I dunno,...

    ..Blake's been on this Great Northern freight car rage for a few months- I hope he doesn't see this thread!

    It's a beautiful Job Light- very beautiful- I admire your skill and craftsmanship.

    I don't mean to detract but I am afeared that Blake will be cabeese GN bound on account I think he has a thing for goats?:eek:


    Mark

    Beautiful, very :thumb:

    P.S. Another one for the academy.
  5. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

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    Re: I dunno,...

    The academy??:cool: I'm flattered.. I didn't think my work was that good....
    Thanks for the kind words, all!
    I have to add grabs,a nd paint it, then wait for my decals to come to the LHS. I had to order them. Even N Scale Supply was outta stock!!!
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    A great "How To" hemiadda2d
    Now what kind of putty did you use between the roof and sides?
  7. Bnsftrainnut

    Bnsftrainnut Member

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    Hey looks good so far.:thumb: What are you using for putty

    Dennis
  8. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

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    Thanks folks!
    I used standard Squadron white putty.

    Detailed!
    Smokejack, antenna, grabs, window drip rails, tool box, ends, underframe.
    Whaddaya think?
    I need to finish touch sanding the sides, to get them smoother, wash and dry the model, then to the paint shop it goes!!!

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  9. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

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    No

    need for that,

    but really nice work- good shots.

    Mark
  10. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

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    Finally finished: GN slant cupola caboose

    FINALLY, after 2 months, it is finished!!!
    From this:
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    To this!
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  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Beautiful work Hemi. Very nicely done.
  12. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Nice job.
    Well worth the effort. :thumb: