Last year I bought a Weaver GP38-2 in D&H paint at a train show. I plan on turning this into NSHR 2017. Only recently have I finally made some progress on it.
Here are a few photos of what I have done so far (it's not much!). I will try and continue to post on this thread as I do more work.
Paint stripped with Scalecoat Wash Away. There's still a little more on the walkway treads I have to work at.
Sight glass filled in with some carefully fitted styrene, as this unit is a straight GP38, not a -2. The iPhone camera makes those sanding scratches look a lot worse than they really are. They'll disappear as soon as the primer hits them.
Sinclair antenna attached with a very thin and carefully applied layer of JB Weld epoxy. The hole at the old horn location is filled in with some putty.
Here's a piece of replacement for the dynamic brake piece that I drew up in Inventor, to more closely match that of a B&O GP38. A friend agreed they'd 3D print it for me. The protruding "pi"-shaped piece won't be visible on the model, it just gives me something to use to attach the printed part to the existing portion of the dynamics.
Much to my surprise and pleasure, Lionel announced the pair of LVRR GP35Rs in the last catalog (these will be a bit of a project themselves), which will save me from having to put command control in this unit. I'll just install lights and an on/off switch for them so it can lead with the Lionel units shoving.
Long way to go on this project...
Photo by Michael Peschio