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kingj63 commented on N Scale DDF40X by DaminKeenan
October 20, 2017
N Scale DDF40X
kingj63 @JennyC6 I'd have to remove my shell to know if I did that too. It's quite likely I did as well. As you suggest, it is just begging to be done.
kingj63 @JennyC6 Now comes the fun part. The screens for the radiator grilles. I've done so many of these or variants thereof. I built a jig for bending. I also created a template for simply cutting the screen pieces out of the mesh screen sheet stock. Good luck with that. Perfection is hard to attain. Good luck with that step. You will truly enjoy this. It's my beast locomotive that will pull far more than any other model other than of course anotherDD40AX. Mine is one of the sound equipped chassis too. Makes it even more enjoyable.
kingj63 @JennyC6 Fair point about the roof beacon and windows. FUD and FXD drills exceptionally well. So simply seeing a hole was needed for the LED or shedding it is in play. Sorry if that was not something I asked Damin to design for. He never had the Bach DD40 to work with. So this would at best have been guesswork anyway. Quite likely a hole "printed" may have been in the wrong place anyway. Even worse as a hole in the wrong spot is harder to move than no hole at all. Windows. The essence of these beasts is Damin's drawings of the F40C, modified. Any similarity to DD40AX windows would be purely coincidental. I make my own new windows for these. Apologies from me when promoting this to not make catch 22 aspects clearer. It's not a direct replacement shell. But minimal skill should provide any builder what is needed to pull these off successfully. Damin did most of the hard work for us.
kingj63 Just a suggestion what you can do with this. Bachmann DD40AX drive w DCC and sound. COOL!
kingj63 favorited FEC LNG Tank - Nscale by stonysmith
July 12, 2016
kingj63 favorited N Scale DDF40X by DaminKeenan
May 16, 2016
N Scale F40DDPH "A" Unit w/Louvered Side Panels
kingj63 As promised. Some pics of the actual printed shell on a BLI Baldwin Centipede chassis. Very minimal requirement on the part of the modeler to arrive at this result. Mainly shims to set the shell ride height. This is driven by and large to clear the swinging pilot trucks at both ends of the model. Note I also used pilot remnants from a F40PHM-2 (Damin's product too) to update the Centipede front pilot. Not absolutely required. But certainly an enhancement to tie the front pilot to the wider nose of this shell conversion. Jeff King
kingj63 Thanks Damin. This should be a fun project. For anyone else looking at this please stay tuned for a little bit. I have the first shell ordered. I will share progress to validate everything works. For those who have a piqued curiosity here. The shell is supposed to slip right over a Broadway Limited Centipede mechanism. If the big power bug is something you appreciate. This might be the thing for you. It takes something from way back when and allows you to easily bring it into a second period when monsters roamed the rails. The mid to late 1960's and early 1970's. Thinking the double diesels and turbines that certain RR's were experimenting with. I should have the first shell to fit to my mechanism in 2-3 weeks. I will post first pics then. Jeff King
N Scale F40DDPH w/Waffle Side Panels (3 Pack)
kingj63 Thanks Damin. This should be a fun project. For anyone else looking at this please stay tuned for a little bit. I have the first shell ordered. I will share progress to validate everything works. For those who have a piqued curiosity here. The shell is supposed to slip right over a Broadway Limited Centipede mechanism. If the big power bug is something you appreciate. This might be the thing for you. It takes something from way back when and allows you to easily bring it into a second period when monsters roamed the rails. The mid to late 1960's and early 1970's. Thinking the double diesels and turbines that certain RR's were experimenting with. I should have the first shell to fit to my mechanism in 2-3 weeks. I will post first pics then. Jeff King
N Scale F40DDPH w/Louvered Side Panels
kingj63 Thanks Damin. This should be a fun project. For anyone else looking at this please stay tuned for a little bit. I have the first shell ordered. I will share progress to validate everything works. For those who have a piqued curiosity here. The shell is supposed to slip right over a Broadway Limited Centipede mechanism. If the big power bug is something you appreciate. This might be the thing for you. It takes something from way back when and allows you to easily bring it into a second period when monsters roamed the rails. The mid to late 1960's and early 1970's. Thinking the double diesels and turbines that certain RR's were experimenting with. I should have the first shell to fit to my mechanism in 2-3 weeks. I will post first pics then. Jeff King
kingj63 commented on MK1500D N (1:160) by BoneValley
December 2, 2015
MK1500D N (1:160)
kingj63 Any of the classic Atlas GP frames can be successfully lowered to accommodate a very low long hood. The only catch 22 is you pretty much have to go DCC to have motor control and lights. The key is a split light board whatever frame. These old designs pulled power directly off the frame halves. So anything above the uppermost limit of the motor can be shed. The frames themselves were more robust and the motor was less contained in an open loop than enclosed in the halves. This makes the frame a lot more rigid once you lop the top 1/3 or so off. If this still needs to be even lower? One might try adapting a Kato RDC motor or even one of the Tram motors which lay flat and are smaller. Start with a classic frame GP and go from there. This is on my list to buy and try. Will let you know eventually.
NEP504 N scale EP-5 loco - modified + guides
kingj63 As far as enamels on FUD.. Just primer with an acrylic. Then paint with whatever you are familiar with. The issue is NOT enamels per se. It is enamel in direct contact with FUD. The acrylic primer (base) takes care of drying time issues.
NGF6C1 N scale British Columbia Railway GF6C
kingj63 @bobsbackshop The issue comes down to ability to remove the top 1/3 or so of the frame and still have a frame with any rigidity. I guess if you are talented at reinforcing the white metal commonly used on frames. You might be able to work with a SD40-2 (actual) model. I just find it much simpler to use the more robust early split light board frame of the 40/45. Then fit HT-C trucks to that. No matter how you do this. There is heavy frame alteration involved. On my second attempt I actually laid the motor on it's side to get another couple mm off the top side to lower the car body. This is NOT a shortcoming of the 3D shell, per se. It reflects reality that a diesel hood is much taller at mid-point than an electric locomotive car body. The only thing I do not think I would try using is a Kato mid SD40-2. That chassis relies on the Kato plastic car body to hold it all together. If you go with a classic frame 40/45, or an early SD40-2. Stick with the version that has a screwed together split frame chassis. Hope that helps.
kingj63 commented on N scale Amtrak #10001 Beach Grove by n3dpm
March 1, 2015
N scale Amtrak #10001 Beach Grove
kingj63 so many things to buy. so little money. This moves right to the top of my wish list. Very cool, and nice work! Thanks.
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