Upgrading an Athearn BB F45

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by DanRaitz, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I take it you've done this before?:D :thumb:
  2. YmeBP

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    This is intense :). Thanks for posting these pix and commentary!!
  3. DanRaitz

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    This weekend I worked on the handrails and steps. For the handrails I used .015" brass wire with Precision Scale stanchions and for the steps I used A-Line #29256 diesel steps.

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    The stanchions and handrails are going to be removed and reinstalled after the unit is painted. Easier to mask and decal without them in the way.
  4. Herc Driver

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    This is great!!! Keep the pictures coming. What great work you're doing!
  5. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    thas pyschotic! ( in a good way, lol) I wish i could do that! I have the money, but it looks intimidating! i suppose i'll have to try one day, if only i had the scale plans for stuff
  6. RioGrande

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    And for the rest of us who don't have such super modeling skills, Athearn is going to offer a high quality F45 very soon! I saw test shots at the Springfield Mass show and it's going to be gorgeous!
  7. darkcurves

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    Whoa, that is some insane skill. I wish i had them.
  8. viperman

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    Holy crud! You have way more guts than I do to do this. Looks great though! Very highly detailed
  9. Spawn of Chaos

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    How much do you want for it? $4,000.00?! (j/k I know you're not selling). NICE work! Very detailed so far. Jeez, I thought my Big Boy looked detailed...
  10. jbaakko

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    Was going to say that myself! F45 AND FP45!...

    Looks like you beat Athearn to the punch here. Lets see if my rebuilt Atlas SD35's can compair.
  11. Packer

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    I know I'm replying to an old post, but I was wondering if this was ever finished? I'm looking at get an athearn BB f45 and doing the same thing, since it looks good so far.
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    I hacked into one of these years ago to make an SD60F for the CN. I know that plastic is HARD to cut and is unforgiving. Use patience and a very sharp razor saw. :thumb:
  13. Sarge_7

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    That thing looks SWEET!!!:eek::thumb::thumb:
  14. Sarge_7

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    Hey Josh, where are the SD-35s? I have one I have been thinking about rebuilding.:mrgreen:
  15. DanRaitz

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    No, she is currently sitting (in primer) on my workbench, under an inch of dust. The wife and I have been doing some remodeling of the house, so my other projects have been put on hold. I should be able to get back to her sometime late this summer.

    Dan
  16. Sarge_7

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    Hi Dan, any updates on this? I am really curious as to how you finished the grills. I have aquiered several F45s and am thinking of trying some of your techniques.

    Thanks
  17. River Run

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    I'm late to the party, but from one detailer to another, all I have to say is KOWABUNGA!!!!!
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  19. DanRaitz

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    Finally able to get back to the F45 (after a year).

    I got the rad grills installed. I used 1/32" fine mesh from K&S Engineering (item #02701).

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    For the dynamic grills I used the Plano #202, Apex-slotted pattern grill material.

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    Here is what she looks like in primer.
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  20. Sarge_7

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    That looks awesome Dan:thumb::thumb: Thanks for the update. I think that was the info I was looking for and I am going to give it a shot.

    Thanks

    Still want to see pics when you get it done :mrgreen: