Mikado conversion

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, May 28, 2005.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Mikado conversion update

    Today's mail contained the long-anticipated CN number plates for under the headlamp of the BLI Light Mikado I'm converting over to CN, so the project was suddenly a go again. :)

    Previously I'd put in a feedwater heater bundle, water pump and some piping, and decalled the tender. The CN SIG that arranged for the number plates also has brass cab side numbers, so I used those as well.

    I should say a little more about the brass number plates. Every single number from CN's all-time roster has been made out of photo-etched brass and they're totally amazing!! You paint with an appropriate red paint, and then lightly go over with a fine abrasive, like crocus cloth, and all the details just pop out!


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  2. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :thumb: Darn good work Val!!! I really enjoy seeing a great kitbash/modification.
    Especially to Steam.

    Texas Chief
  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Looks great Val. :thumb: :thumb:
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    It wasn't that long ago you were doing the research on this, now it's done!
    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Wow Val, you did a great job! You can do it all, and really well. Nice work.

  6. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks a lot folks!!! :)

  7. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Great Val. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :wave: :wave: :wave:
  8. CBCNSfan

    CBCNSfan Member

    Hi Val, I doubt I'll ever cease to be amazed by your work, another excellent job you can be proud of. Maybe I shouldn't have come to the Gauge, because now I'm getting a hankering to rework some of the old Bachmanns I have downstairs :D , well even if they don't run great they'll make great show pieces. :eek:
    Which brings me back on topic who makes these CN number plates?
    Cheers Willis
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks Willis! :)

    They're made for the CN Special Interest Group (by Athabasca Scale Models). The Projects page is at http://www.cnlines.com/proj/index.html

    Scroll down until you come to the number boards. The raised cab numerals are usually available at hobby shops, and sometimes they'll order the sets of numberboards too and split them up. The whole set is kind of pricey, but when you think it's CN's entire steam roster, it's worth it, I think.

  10. CBCNSfan

    CBCNSfan Member

    Hi Val, and thank you for the link. At $150 for four sets of 720 number plates each I'd say it's a pretty good buy and worth investing. Definately worth it. Thanks
    Cheers Willis
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Anytime Willis. I hope you do decide to get at those Bachmann's. The hardest thing about doing CN conversions is the lack of all-weather cabs. CP steamers often had just canvas curtains around the back of the regular cabs, but CN almost always had the enclosed variety.

  12. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Hi Val. :wave: Great job! Looks great!..You modeling never fails to awe me..Keep up the good work! :thumb:
  13. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks Brakie! I did some weathering on it last night. I was kind of rushing because I was trying to get it done for my June website update. I'm not happy with the result, because I think the boiler has the colour that the smoke box should be and vice-versa. I used weathering chalks for the most part, so tonight I am going to remove the weathering and try again. In the meantime, here's what it looks like right now.

    The other thing is that suddenly the lights don't work. I'll have to try to figure out what the problem is.


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  14. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Take the "shine" off the pilot wheel, and post that pic in "Real thing, Canada", and it would probably be a few weeks before anyone questioned if it was real!
    You said chalks, so it would have to be dullcoted before the actual appearance came out. You have to overdo chalks to get it right. The boiler looks more rusty, than dirty, but some coal leaves a browner dust, and may be just right.
    Overall impression?...............................

    WOW !!
  15. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    :thumb: Looks great Val.
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks Chris! And thanks to you too Pete for giving me the run-down on all the various part of a locomotive when you were up here!

    I found the reason for the light not working - a detached wire. I can't get the screw undone to get the part loose - can't get enough torque with the little screwdriver I have. Anyway, I would need to get a much smaller soldering iron to tackle this repair, so it's off to the LHS tomorrow to turn it over to an expert.


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