Loco Bash

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by spitfire, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Got my new BLI Mikado the other day and immediately set out to make it more CN prototypical. First, I stripped all the existing road names and numbers. Next, added a feedwater heater and hoses and moved the bell from the front of the smokebox to the top of the boiler.

    The hardest part was adding the pump. I had to move the air pump (thanks Jim) about 1/4 inch to make room for it. This entailed carefully carving away the second air compressor and opening the running board a bit.

    There was nothing to attach the pump to so I soldered a pin onto the back and drilled a hole for it. I have some brass wire for pipes, and added one coming into the pump on the left. Need another to the right and then the fireman's side is finished.

    First photo is from BLI - that's the stock engine. Photo 2 is the feedwater heater assembly, and photo 3 is the pump.

    Engineer's side is next and then painting the sucker!!! Can't wait - that's my fave part.

    Edit: also have to add a boiler check valve behind the bell and a CN triangular number board where the bell used to be, and a number plate under the headlamp. These parts are on order.


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  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Nice work :thumb:

    Don't know that I'd have what it takes to cut into a BLI lokey :eek: :thumb:
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Damn, Wasn't so long ago you were worried about applying weathering to an expensive model. Now you're bashing them like a pro. And for some reason I'm not surprised. Excellant work Val.

  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Looks great Val.
    Can't wait to see it when it's finished.
    Isn't loco bashing fun?
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Very nice Val. This loco should serve you well. Great bash work. CN will be proud.
  6. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    That Rail Baroness is hard at it again.

    Boy, you always do good work Val.
  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks a lot everyone! :) :) I managed to get the hot water piping onto the engineer's side of the FW heater. I also found the diagram showing the correct piping - I'd been working from various photo's. Turns out there are a LOT more pipes to do, but at least what I have done is accurate.
    One slight problem is that I think some of the pipes moulded onto the shell would have to go, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. I may settle for "good enough" as I have no intention of sanding off pipes or moving running boards at this point.
    I now need the details parts I've ordered, so this project will have to be set aside for a bit. Just for fun, here's another shot.


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  8. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    That is so cool Val!

    TrainClown :D
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That's a beauty! I'm really impressed by your bashing bravery! It certainly paid off!
  10. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    CNR all weather cab...

    Hi Val,

    Nice work.

    Miniatures by Eric has the CNR Canadian All-Weather-Cab...

    As well as two versions of the CPR (Early and Late) Canadian All-Weather-Cab...

    And some other Canadian Prototype specific detail parts.

    Athabasca Scale Models also makes Canadian Prototype detail parts and kits...

    Nothing says Canadian like an All-Weather-Cab... :D
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Yes, that is so true. Thanks for the link. I'm just not sure if such a part would fit. I may try to weasel by with some canvas curtains on the back, CPR style.

  12. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    More info on All-Weather-Cabs

    There's a fellow on the Bachmann Board that extended the existing cab on a 2-8-0 instead of replacing the whole cab...

    He used Precision Scale parts... (Brass, I think...)


    Just an Idea...
  13. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very nice Val!
  14. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Val,You're doing a great job and that's going to be a mighty fine looking engine when its finish.. :thumb: :D Keep up the good work! :D
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Wow Val.. nice!!! :D :D

    With respect to the all-weather cab - you may want to check the prototype of the number you intend to put on her - not all lococs (even of a given type) had them...

  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Now I know I should scrap N and move up to HO. That is a great looking loco Val
  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Come to the dark side Robin. ;)

    Andrew, I'm not modelling a particular engine - I had to use too many different photographs to see the various bits of piping for that. Also there are only 2 of the front number plates available: 3562 and 3564, and I'm not even sure if those engines operated out of Toronto, much less if either one had feedwater heaters! :D

  18. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Looks god Val.
    I'm green with jealousy.
  19. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Isn't this a superdetailing rather than a kitbash? Good job BTW, just wondering about the terminology? Fred
  20. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks guys! Fred, you may be right. Although to me, anything that involves cutting into something, and moving parts around is a kitbash. A minor one to be sure, but still a little on the scary side!! :)

    Now, if I take off the cab and replace it with an all-weather cab, that will really be bashing!!


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