This is an HO scale Southern Ry. cab, designed to fit no particular locomotive. The front wall and cab floor are left solid, so that they can be cut out as needed to fit any model. A shallow groove is included in the front wall to mark the center line and assist in cutting the opening for the boiler. Both open and closed versions of the front doors, side and rear windows are provided.
I have made versions available to fit the following models:
Bachmann Spectrum 4-6-0
Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0
The cab is a Southern Railway (US) design, as used on a number of locomotives. Builder's photos of Danville & Western (a Southern-owned short line) #24 were used to fine-tune the dimensions of this cab. While no two locomotives were identical, and little on Southern was truly standard, this cab should be about as close as is practical without accurate photos of any specific locomotive.
After cleaning and removing the door and window tree, prime the cab with a quality primer and let it dry thoroughly. Wet sand the walls with 600 grit wet/dry paper until you just start to see the plastic through the paint. Take care not to sand away the bead around the outer edge of the cab.When finished, you should not feel any surface texture at all. With a file or sandpaper, carefully remove any excess plastic or primer from the door and window openings.
Carefully cut the door and window tree away from the inside of the cab - it is attached at two points on either side. Then, carefully cut out the pieces you want, and glue them into the proper openings. The side windows open forward, so the wider section (representing the window slid open) should be at the front. There is also an arm rest on the open window. The rear windows open downward, so the thicker section should be at the bottom. The doors hinge toward the boiler, so the door knob on the closed door should go toward the outside, or the open door toward the boiler side.
After gluing the doors and windows into place, clean the openings as needed using a small file or knife. Paint with a gloss paint of your choice, and then apply rivet decals (available from Archer Transfers
), followed by a final coat of paint and decals.
I have left recesses for installing glass in the windows. You may either cut small pieces of glazing to fit them, or use a liquid product to create a pane of glass which is bonded in place.
The photos show an earlier version of the cab. I changed the arrangement of the doors and windows inside the cab, and adjusted the openings in the cab walls to make fitting the doors and windows a little easier. The overall shape of the cab is the same.