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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP35 #3031 - 01 [Works_Locomotives]

3031_02.jpg: Rio Grande 3031

Atlas/Kato GP35 is a nice looking model. The only defect for me was the color. I thought its "Aspen Gold" was too dark. So I decided to repaint it. In spare time, I tried my first experience to detailing.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP35 #3031 - 02 [Works_Locomotives]

GP35_01.jpg: work underway
GP35_02.jpg: detail of work

The model I used is an Atlas #4623, decorated as the Rio Grande 3031.
First of all, I wiped off the logo and stripes using isopropyl alcohol. Next, detail parts are installed. Details are concentrated in the front half of body, as the prototype.

The parts I used are;
Sunrise Enterprises N-611 Oscillating Dual Mars Light w/base.
Sunrise Enterprises N-550 MU Hoses
BLMA #74 Angled Cab Sunshades
BLMA #11 Early Locomotive Cut Levers
Atlas #498212 GP Snowplow
Micro-Trains #001 02 004 Couplers 1015-1-B

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP35 #3031 - 03 [Works_Locomotives]

GP35_03.jpg: painting

Without using surfacer nor primer, I sprayed Mr. COLOR #2 GLOSS BLACK. I hand-painted POLLY Scale "D&RGW YELLOW" this time. Maybe Weathering someday, when I get an airbrush.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP35 #3031 - 04 [Works_Locomotives]

3031_01.jpg: finished model

I was pleased with the result. Especially, the Spartan looking face of the locomotive. That made me devoted to detailing.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP30 #3014 and 3016 - 01 [Works_Locomotives]

3016_02.jpg: Rio Grande 3016

Rio Grande's ratio of GP30 in the fleet is comparatively large. So, I decided to detail and decorate 2 of them at once. I thought it was efficient too.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP30 #3014 and 3016 - 02 [Works_Locomotives]

GP30_01.jpg: work underway
GP30_02.jpg: work detail

The models I used are an Atlas #47500, undecorated model.
I installed the detail parts below. I tried to represent the later styling this time. So the plow was sharpened and formed in shape, assorted with the modern style cut lever.

The parts I used are;
Sunrise Enterprises N-611 Oscillating Dual Mars Light w/base.
Sunrise Enterprises N-550 MU Hoses
Sunrise Enterprises N-203 Snowplow
BLMA #74 Angled Cab Sunshades
BLMA #13 Modern EMD Cut Levers
BLMA #89 Trainline Air Hoses
Micro-Trains #001 02 004 Couplers 1015-1-B

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP30 #3014 and 3016 - 03 [Works_Locomotives]

GP30_04.jpg: painting

After spraying the surface-primer from TAMIYA, I sprayed gloss black and hand-painted the sill yellow.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP30 #3014 and 3016 - 04 [Works_Locomotives]

3016_01.jpg: finished model

I found that making two homogeneously is far difficult than making only one. I recognized that I must brush up my skill.

3016_03.jpg: Rio Grande 3014 and 3016

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP40 #3068 and 3076 - 01 [Works_Locomotives]

3068_02.jpg: Rio Grande 3068

Rio Grande has a comparatively large fleet of GP40 too. So, I tried again to decorate 2 at once.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP40 #3068 and 3076 - 02 [Works_Locomotives]

GP40_02.jpg: work underway
GP40_03.jpg: work detail

The models I used are Atlas #48501, undecorated model.
I installed the detail parts below.

The parts I used are;
Sunrise Enterprises N-611 Oscillating Dual Mars Light w/base.
Sunrise Enterprises N-550 MU Hoses
BLMA #74 Angled Cab Sunshades
BLMA #11 Early Locomotive Cut Levers
Atlas #498212 GP Snowplow

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP40 #3068 and 3076 - 03 [Works_Locomotives]

GP40_04.jpg: decorating

After spraying the surface-primer from TAMIYA, I sprayed gloss black and hand-painted the sill yellow.

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Detailing and decorating DRGW GP40 #3068 and 3076 - 04 [Works_Locomotives]

3068_01.jpg: finished model

It's still difficult for me to making two homogeneously.
Craig Martyn of the BLMA Models uploaded my works in his page.

BLMA Models "Detailed Models" page;
uploaded my works;

3068_03.jpg: Rio Grande 3068 and 3076

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Detailing and decorating KATO SD45 – 01 [Works_Locomotives]

sd45_drawing.jpg: SD45 drawings: Prototype, Kato model, both in layers (from left to right)

In 2010, KATO produced EMD SD45 long after its last production in 1996. I was in two minds about reserving the item because I was making small flying logo a rule for pre dash 2 locomotives.

Rio Grande large stacked logo scheme on locomotive was first appeared in 1968, on SD45 #5337 dedicated to run through unit coal trains to Kaiser Steel in southern California via UP. Rio Grande #5326 – 5328, 5336 – 5338 were equipped with UP’s cab Signal. Reserving #5327 announced by KATO just fits this group was my exceptional decision.

I first satisfied with the product, but soon found some sources of discontent, although I’m not a rivet-counter. Atlas forum also discusses it at "Just for general discussion. Kato's SD45" thread.

First of all, the width and height of the hood is over-scaled. That makes strange impressions to front and rear faces. See how deferent the both is in the drawings; zone painted in red is the excess.
From the top, shown in red lines at drawing below; short food, cab flat roof and long hood are all about 1 mm wider than scale width. That makes the front window awning (painted aspen gold at Rio Grande) also too wide and the slope of the cab roof too steep. It looks like an old Athearn HO model.

Next are the trucks. It did have air brake cylinders between axles when delivered. But it was soon converted to cylinders atop the trucks. The style KATO produced does represent the “as delivered” but unique style.

Atlas – KATO GPs have more accurate hoods. KATO offers a pair of high-mounted brake cylinder trucks for $24 (besides the price, black is sold out). This brings me a thought that KATO should have corrected these discontents, before adding plows and hoses, during its long interval of production.

Some Atlas SD side frame parts seem fit KATO trucks. Inter Mountain’s SD40T-2 body shell would work for the short hood and cab. But I have to find the way to correct long hood before detailing. It seems a long way for “Detailing and decorating KATO SD45 – 02”.


SD45 drawing in red lines are traced from trainiax.net;

SD45_front.JPG: front view of KATO SD45 (right) with accurate drawing (in red line)
SD45_top.jpg: top view of KATO SD45 with accurate drawing in red line

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Bringin’ Back the Scene 04 – Great Northern Railway local freight [Works_Locomotives]

gn_01.jpg: Sweetgrass, MT, Summer, 1971 (reproduce)

I chose N scale because it saves space. And yet, it is hard to spear enough space in my home to enjoy the “landscape” of American railroading. So, for the time being, I’m self-satisfied with bringing back the scene which I saw in the ‘70s.

Here is another scene I would like to see; GN local train under the big sky. The train shows its individualities. The GN (exactly, BN when photographed) GP7 is equipped with all weather cab window and winterization hatch. The flat car seems to have bulkheads made from old boxcar ends. End of the short consist is the GN (also, exactly BN) caboose converted from combine. The entire consist would sit on my desk.

Atlas produced GN GP7 in the exact scheme in 2009. MTL produces straight side flat cars. The caboose would be created through kitbashing MTL passenger car. Thus, the plan came to incorporate.

gn_636_07.jpg: reproduced scene


大きな地図で見る: BNSF train found near the scene

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Detailing and decorating GN GP7 #636 [Works_Locomotives]

gn_636_03.jpg: GN GP7 #636

This is the locomotive I detailed to bring back the scene: Great Northern Railway GP7 #636.

GN #636 was built in 1951 and renumbered as Burlington Northern Railroad #1536 in 1970. She was retired in 1982.

Atlas produced GN #636 model in 2009. I couldn’t find any particular photo of #636 on web. So, the model is a kind of archetype. Typical GN locomotives had winterizations to protect machines and trainmen. I added these devices to my model: All weather cab window is a Gold Medal Models product. Winterization hatch is my scratch built from styrene sheet.

GN locomotives had some other characteristics: extended exhaust stacks, hood top mounted bell and MU hose pockets. I cut and extended the stack using a piece of styrene. Bell is an Atlas parts #545226. I shove the pilot off the model and added MU hose pockets made from thin styrene sheet.

Other details such as cut levers and MU hoses came from BLMA. I relocated the side-mounted horns of the model to the cab roof.

I partially repainted the model with Tamiya sprays; green with AS-13 and black with TS-29. AS-13 green was a little bit brighter than the green applied by Atlas: not bad after a sort.

gn_636_01.jpg: parts ready to apply
gn_636_02.jpg: detailed pilot ready to paint
gn_636_06.jpg: finished model

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