The HO scale Canadian Comfort Cab - basically a four window variant of the North American Safety Cab - is designed to be generically fitted to an existing HO scale locomotive shell. This is a kitbashing resource. Please use the 3D preview for pre-order evaluation. There are prototype variants with or without a left side rear door. This model lacks the left side rear door. Some of the detail parts will have to be added separately, some come pre-attached.
Prototype Information: The Canadian National Railway introduced this cab designed by input from railway employees in 1973 on a GP38-2(W) and on MLW M-420 locomotives. The locomotives equipped with such a cab were EMD GP38-2W, GP40-2W, SD40-2W. These all had the classic high control stand inside the cab. Later GMD's SD50F and SD60F (Cowl Units) for the CN featured a similar cab.
Finally GE installed similar cabs on BCR's and CN's later Dash-8 (CM40-8) and early Dash-9s (CW44-9WL) too. These units had desktop style control stands. Howeved the cabs on the cowl units (especially the C40-8M) had a shorter front hood probably providing the space needed for the side doors behind the cab.
By the way the Canadian Pacific Railway also had cowl units, the GMD SD40-2F (nicknamed "Red Barn"), which however had a different 3 window cab style.
Matching BCR or CN locomotives would be:
EMD SD40-2W, GP40-2W, GP38-2W, early GE C44-9WL or the MLW M420W.
Please note: This is a beta product, it features generic HO-scale measurements and is not designed for any particular locomotive chassis/frame. It is a cab suitable for kitbashing or scratchbuilding. Many details are still missing. The door handles are very delicate, I inadvertedly broke one off during unpackaging.
If you find anything that could be improved, I would really appreciate any feedback
Feedback from customers who purchased the Beta-product (thank you so much for your feedback):
- I feel the front windows are too square
- the corners should be round.
- It looks to me like the bell is a bit undersize.
These improvements will most likely be included in the next update of the model.
Recent March 2016 Update:
- Incorporated improvements from buyer feedback (rounded front window corners and scale of bell).
- Added a few separate detail parts which are on a "sprue" inside the Cab. To separate the detail parts from the cab, please remove the whole sprue very carefully first, then separate the parts from the sprue. As the Frosted Ultra Detail material is very brittle, it is likely that smaller detail parts become disattached from the sprue during manufacturing. You will find them inside the bag.
1 CN Snow Plow
1 pair of Snowshields
1 pair of square Filler Caps
1 pair of round Filler Caps
2 pairs of Ditchlights (v.3b 1 pair of high and 1 pair of low DLs)
2 pcs. K3-Horn (v.3b 1 Nathan K3 horn and 1 Nathan M3 horn)
4 pcs. Cab mounted Bell
6 pcs. Sinclair Antenna
3 pcs. EoT-Antenna
4 pcs. Firecracker Antenna (v.3c only)
2 pair Window Wind Screens/ rearview mirrors (v.3c only)
2 extra K3 Horns (v.3c only)
4 extra K5 Horns (v.3c only)
The Ditchlights are designed to be fitted with Micro LEDs. I used a pack of warm white 0.8x1.6x0.9mm SMD-LEDs with pre soldered wires. The headlights should suffice to use 2mm micro bulbs (and holes have to be drilled). You might be able to uses warm white 2mm LEDs (which have a wider backing that possibly reqires some fiddling).
The cab is still in Beta!