Adding dynamic brakes to a GP9?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jpcamb, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. jpcamb

    jpcamb New Member

    I bought a new LL P2k sound unit GP9 sight unseen with the intent to repaint in for MEC. What I didn't realize was this model did not have dynamic brakes which the model I plan to do up has. There does not seem to be a seam on the unit to pop out the dynamic brakes /standard streamline so its either a hack saw or new shell. Is that correct? what do you folks suggest?
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Thats wierd.
    LL's usually are sold with "road specific" details.
    Seams like the dynamic panel should pop out. But I checked my Rock Island GP-9, and there is no seperate panel.
    Looks like chopping is the way to go.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Yikes...what ever happened to those years we sawed, hacked and butchered those brake blisters off, filling them in with all manner of whatzits and hoodats, wailing and moaning for the day when they'd make one without them. It's manufacturer's revenge I tell ya... :thumb:
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    I have added dynamic brakes to a Tyco GP20 and an AHM GP18 by using the Athearn dynamic brake blisters, Detail West fans and some styrene.
  5. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    I know that on the P2K SD7's you can pop out the DB section and replace it, but i havent had a chance to look at my GP9's to see if they are the same.

    I would suggest contacting Life-Like and see if they will send you another shell or sell you another shell. they are usually pretty good about getting out parts pretty quick. but i dont know what a neww undecorated shell will cost you.
  6. Pete

    Pete Member

    I checked my P2K CP GP7/9 earlier tonight - it has the DB's molded as part of the shell. Not removable. Looks like you'll either have to acquire a shell with them, or scrounge up the parts to add on.
    A quick search through Walther's website shows that Precision Scale make the blisters; I would have thought that Detail Associates or Details West would have made them also, but they weren't listed.

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