Before you tell me 3rd-rail has released the locomotive........   I know they did, but I want mine with legacy.........   So what you may ask am I cutting apart........  Well just a couple of Lionel F unit shells.....   Before I started this project I needed to make a tool to alow me to cut and sand my joints so I had nice tight joints

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After I positioned the cutting/sanding jig where I wanted I inserted some nylon screw to hold the jig in position cut and sanded perfect

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As you can see a nice tight joint, I added some thin styrene behind the joint to add a little strength

 

 

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I am now working on some of the inserts I need in the roof, I am currently 3-d printing some test prints to check fit before I add detail and send to Shapeways for final print

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Mike Slater

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GG1 4877 posted:

Oops!  More likely an FP7 due to the location of the forward porthole.  Nice project overall.  What road are you painting it in?

That is Correct FP7, Milwaukee Road...….   I need to decide on the time era...……  

Lionelski posted:

More please, Sir

I am currently working on the CAD models of the 2 new hatches, hopefully I will be able to complete those and get them off to shapeways to have printed in a better resolution and material.   I also need to purchase a donor loco to supply the drive, I do have a second chassis incase I mess up on the first...….

 

 

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Very cool project.  Wish I had the time for that kind of work these days.  I did the research and artwork for the 3rd Rail model and that was a lot of fun but not the same as a classic kitbash.  As you are aware we did the pre-1955 "as-delivered" paint scheme.  The UP Yellow scheme would be nice on a set of these as well as the simplified later orange and black.  

What are you using for CAD software? 

 

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GG1 4877 posted:

Very cool project.  Wish I had the time for that kind of work these days.  I did the research and artwork for the 3rd Rail model and that was a lot of fun but not the same as a classic kitbash.  As you are aware we did the pre-1955 "as-delivered" paint scheme.  The UP Yellow scheme would be nice on a set of these as well as the simplified later orange and black.  

What are you using for CAD software? 

 

I use Solid Edge & SolidWorks at work, so it all depends on what I am using at the moment

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I have thought about an FP9........   This project has a mind of its own, I just found a set of locos for the drive of this project for a decent price, should have that next week.  When I get my laser cutter I will probably cut the side grills out of laser board, and glue them onto the model as I can paint them to look like stainless steel..........  now to decide 1950's paint or 1970's freight paint........

 

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A little bit more hack and cut than glue...……   now putty sand putty sand maybe more putty than sand...…..  maybe primer before the weekenda1

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Of course I will have the donor drive mid week, than it will be cut and stretch a frame

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Nice progress.  I’m not as far along on mine.  I’m using P&D f unit shells.  I ordered the side grills for a B unit from P&D and plan to cut them down for the A.  I thought that would be much easier than splicing them.

Are you going to splice the Lionel frame to lengthen it?

Tom D. posted:

Are you going to splice the Lionel frame to lengthen it?

Yes I plan to cut and splice the frame, I did pick up a 2nd A unit frame off of eBay incase I mess up the one that I just picked up with the drive components.   When I get the complete drive I will than decide where to cut the two frames, but I am thinking of using the fuel tank to help me join the two frame halves back together

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Lionelski posted:

I love projects like this.

Please keep the updates coming Mike.

Thanks, I will do, I did shoot  some primmer last night, may need to do some minor sanding.

necrails posted:

Great idea for an OGR magazine article, you should consider it.

Not much of an article, Pictures describe on what's going on more than I can type up some words.

midnightwrecking posted:

Coming along nicely.

Thanks

 

I also forgot to mention I will also be painting a B unit to match the A, the only Modification for that is preplacing the dynamic hatch for a non-dynamic hatch and making sure I have a steam generator hatch in the back.  Tonight will be the real planning stage on the chassis

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I have not been slacking, did make a little progress, I had to paint the truck side frames black, I had to order a passenger pilot from Lionel and paint that, and cut a frame in half, drill and tap a few new holes and use the fuel tank to join the 2 frame halves together.   I still need to lengthen the wire harness inside the locomotive (what a rats nest those are...….) 

I have decals on order, a little bit more sanding on the smaller hatch I made. 

however I did take the locomotive outside and took a few progress photos...…..A6

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