Upgrading an Athearn BB F45

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by DanRaitz, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I take it you've done this before?:D :thumb:
  2. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    This is intense :). Thanks for posting these pix and commentary!!
  3. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    This weekend I worked on the handrails and steps. For the handrails I used .015" brass wire with Precision Scale stanchions and for the steps I used A-Line #29256 diesel steps.




    The stanchions and handrails are going to be removed and reinstalled after the unit is painted. Easier to mask and decal without them in the way.
  4. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    This is great!!! Keep the pictures coming. What great work you're doing!
  5. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    thas pyschotic! ( in a good way, lol) I wish i could do that! I have the money, but it looks intimidating! i suppose i'll have to try one day, if only i had the scale plans for stuff
  6. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    And for the rest of us who don't have such super modeling skills, Athearn is going to offer a high quality F45 very soon! I saw test shots at the Springfield Mass show and it's going to be gorgeous!
  7. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Whoa, that is some insane skill. I wish i had them.
  8. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Holy crud! You have way more guts than I do to do this. Looks great though! Very highly detailed
  9. How much do you want for it? $4,000.00?! (j/k I know you're not selling). NICE work! Very detailed so far. Jeez, I thought my Big Boy looked detailed...
  10. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Was going to say that myself! F45 AND FP45!...

    Looks like you beat Athearn to the punch here. Lets see if my rebuilt Atlas SD35's can compair.
  11. Packer

    Packer New Member

    I know I'm replying to an old post, but I was wondering if this was ever finished? I'm looking at get an athearn BB f45 and doing the same thing, since it looks good so far.
  12. CN_Fan

    CN_Fan New Member

    I hacked into one of these years ago to make an SD60F for the CN. I know that plastic is HARD to cut and is unforgiving. Use patience and a very sharp razor saw. :thumb:
  13. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    That thing looks SWEET!!!:eek::thumb::thumb:
  14. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    Hey Josh, where are the SD-35s? I have one I have been thinking about rebuilding.:mrgreen:
  15. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    No, she is currently sitting (in primer) on my workbench, under an inch of dust. The wife and I have been doing some remodeling of the house, so my other projects have been put on hold. I should be able to get back to her sometime late this summer.

  16. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    Hi Dan, any updates on this? I am really curious as to how you finished the grills. I have aquiered several F45s and am thinking of trying some of your techniques.

  17. River Run

    River Run New Member

    I'm late to the party, but from one detailer to another, all I have to say is KOWABUNGA!!!!!
  18. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

  19. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    Finally able to get back to the F45 (after a year).

    I got the rad grills installed. I used 1/32" fine mesh from K&S Engineering (item #02701).


    For the dynamic grills I used the Plano #202, Apex-slotted pattern grill material.


    Here is what she looks like in primer.
  20. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    That looks awesome Dan:thumb::thumb: Thanks for the update. I think that was the info I was looking for and I am going to give it a shot.


    Still want to see pics when you get it done :mrgreen:

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