A noob's mucking around with building and repainting...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Spongemike, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. Spongemike

    Spongemike New Member

    Kia Ora guys (and guyesses)

    I've finally gotten back into doing some work on the table layout my son and I are working on (very much a learning curve!), and started building the venerable Atlas Lumber Yard kit, starting with painting the interior.

    Also had a bash at repainting an old Athearn SD35; it was in SP colours but it's now in fictitious colours. All airbrushed, using pre- and post-shading and Humbrol enamels.

    Still got the handrails and lettering to go back on yet.

    Constructive criticism welcome, and thanks for looking




  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Looking good! What are you calling the ficticious road?
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    For a moment, I thought the GP35 was Z scale! That's because the Micro-Trains GP35 has an overly wide hood, and it looks like this one does too. Old Athearns...
  4. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    I've always been a fan of Atlas kits. Cheap, but can look really nice with a little bit of paint/work.
  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Yeah,its 2007 and I still see tons of those old GP35 chugging up the smiles for their owners..What burns is the majorty of those old 35s runs smoothly even though some are 40 years old!
  6. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Easy on the old BB GP-35's. I have four of them. Still run like the day I bought them twenty years ago(with proper oil and lube and a good cleaning once in awhile).
    They are tough!
  7. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    That's a sharp looking paint and weather job on the GP-35. I'm curious how you did the peeling paint on the roof...

  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Looks good. I'm a prototype modeler, but I think that a gp 35 is an excellent choice for a fictitous or freelanced road. BNSF is still running their gp35s after 40 years or so, but a lot of other railroads have traded theirs in or sold them to leasing companies, so old gp35s can be readily found on shot lines and in lease service all over the country. Your paint looks great, and the paint job looks like the sort of scheme a short line or leasing company might have put on a newly aquired ex U.P. or CNW locomotive.
  9. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I don't think any other Class 1 still has GP35s. CSX has road slugs made from GP35s. They still look a lot like what they were made from, but they have no engines. BNSF still has GP35s because they're really GP35us, rebuilt by Santa Fe in the early 80s.
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Thanks Triplex, I kind of thought that was the case, but figured that as soon as I said that all of the class1's except BNSF had gotten rid of their gp35's, someone would come out with a roster shot of the one lone gp35 still running on their favorite railroad.
  11. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Spongemike, your stuff looks good. You are good at spraying your models too!

    Triplex, what is a slug? Sounds like a real life dummy loco?
  12. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Just the opposite...

    A slug is a locomotive with no diesel generators...just traction motors...and no cabs (typically). Therefore, they have to be connected to another locomotive in order to draw current from the diesel's generators...and to be controlled from that other engines cab. They are most common in yards...as diesels usually have current to spare while switching (shunting for you!).

    Usually, slugs are only around half as tall as normal diesels.
  13. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Ooooohhhh! Also known as a cow and calf?
  14. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    No, the calf is actually a B-unit.

  15. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Ed,I still like those old 35s..Sadly I no longer own any but,who knows what I might find in a use box..:mrgreen:
  16. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Hmm?? :razz:

    I thought I had this all under my belt after years of study. :sad:
  17. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    The difference with the CSX road slugs (and a few others on other roads) is that they retain cabs and full-height bodies.

    Yard slugs are often confused with calf units. If it's got a diesel exhaust and radiators, it's a calf. There aren't many of those left.

    Wait... I shouldn't say that. There are (and have been) some slugs where radiators and exhausts are not removed or plated over, and which look exactly like diesels. CP, for example, has SW9 (?) and had F9B slugs like this.
  18. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Hmm...I guess we could say that Triplexes namesake was the steam version of a slug...the set of drivers under the tender drawing their steam off of the engine :thumb:
  19. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I'd say it was more of a tank engine... or the larger equivalent of a 3-truck Shay.
  20. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    3-truck is a nice comparison...I'd prefer fireless cooker to tank engine...although I like the pun.

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