NE4405 N scale E44 loco - 4414 rebuilt

by paulburkittgray
  • Frosted Ultra Detail

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1:160 scale General Electric E44 - loco 4414 rebuilt

First delivered to the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1960, the E44 heavy freight locomotives were a development of the earlier E33 design then running on the neighbouring New Haven railroad. Their class designation denoted the 4400 horsepower available to first sixty locos delivered. Locomotives 4460-4465 were to an upgraded design capable of 5000 horsepower, using silicon diode rectifiers in place of the ignitron type in earlier batches. The Pennsylvania Railroad, and its successors Penn Central and Conrail, gradually upgraded the original locomotives to the higher specification.
When Conrail abandoned electric operation in 1981 all E44s were withdrawn. Some were sold to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit for passenger working and switching, but saw little use and all were scrapped by the early 1990s with the exception of 4465, preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

There were many detail variations within the E44s between different batches and as they were upgraded to silicon diode rectifiers. This model has the correct details for loco 4414 following its upgrade to silicon diode rectifiers.

Assembly Instructions

Exploded View - front and left

Exploded View - rear and right

Sprue of separate parts

Included in the model are the main body and a sprue with all the handrails and other parts which need to be added separately, as illustrated in the diagrams above.
The model is designed to fit over an Atlas Alco C628 chassis. Some metal will need to be removed from the chassis block for it to sit inside the body, and a small amount of plastic needs to be trimmed from the outer corners of the truck frames to allow them to rotate freely.
The part-relief underframe equipment detail should be attached to the side of the chassis block.
I recommend using acrylic paints for this model as they work well on the Frosted Ultra Detail plastic. Enamel paints have been reported to take an excessive amount of time to dry on Frosted Ultra Detail so should not be used.


IN: 2.104 w x 6.754 d x 1.089 h
CM: 5.344 w x 17.154 d x 2.766 h


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Just finished the model in Conrail blue today. Just to share a few tips for the build: 1. To remove the 3D printed horizontal lines on the shell, spray fine premier, let it dry and wet sand with ~1000grit sanding foam. Repeat 2-3 times until the lines are almost gone. The Polly Scale Conrail Blue paint should be able to cover them. 2. The kit handrails and horn are way too weak and oversized, look for substitutes. I soldered my own set of handrails with brass wires and used an Atlas horn. Fill the mounting holes with putty, let dry and re-drill to mount details. 3. Trim the Atlas C628/630 chassis to fit inside the shell. Both the top of the cab-side and the four metal mount at the bottom (that are used to hold the brass contact strip) I would highly recommend installing a TCS AMD4 decoder. It is significantly thinner and more flexible than the stock light board. Bend the cab side of the decoder and super-glue/tape it onto the frame. This is the only way to make it fit. 4. You can always install fine details by BLMA to make it more realistic. The Dapol pantograph seems to be a close enough to the prototype. (You need two) 5. MicroScale 60-157 decals would be the closest match to the prototype. The Big C requires some trimming. Enjoy your build!
January 28, 2013, 8:06 am
I am pleased with the E33's I just received. I should have them painted soon. I remember watching them at work, along with the E44's I am ordering now.
June 3, 2012, 1:59 am


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