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    • November 9, 2017 8:56 PM EST
      • edited for your approval, Arizona
         
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      That someone can even do this kind of work just amazes me. You are the Ray Dunakin of diesel locomotive building. Just amazing. So when do you start taking orders for more of them?

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    • November 11, 2017 3:05 PM EST
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      Thanks Pete. I'm honoured to be compared to Ray, but I think I have a long way to go to get to his level. My diesel shops ordered four of these units, but I think they're going to be lucky to get two. This project has been a lot of work.

       

      We're going to start with the nose detail today. I used a headlight from Miniatures by Eric.

      You need to start by filing out a flat spot. Keep it 3/16" below the hood of the nose 1/8" below the curved edge. It will extend 1/4" to each side from the center joint. It needs to be 3/4" tall, and the bottom will need to be filed at 45 degrees.

      I started by cutting the top and bottom line (green arrows) with a razor saw. Then I filed the section between the two cuts flat. Then I cut and filed the bottom (red arrow) at 45 degrees.

      Mark the placement of your headlight, and then drill two 7/32" holes to match up with it. The light has a solid back, so you'll have to drill it as well.

      Using some epoxy, mount the light.

      Now you can mark and drill for the nose ladder. Keep it 5/16" to the left of the center of the nose. Starting from the bottom, measure the lines 9/16" apart. The top line should end up being about 3/8" below the top of the nose.

      The photo is a little deceptive. The holes on the hood of the nose are 9/16" from the edge. DO NOT measure from the top line on the nose.

      This post was edited by Shane Stewart at November 14, 2017 9:47 PM EST
    • November 11, 2017 4:33 PM EST
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      Now we're going to build the front door. We'll need a piece of 1/16" styrene cut 2 1/4 x 7/8" and a .02" piece cut 2 1/8 x 3/4".

      NOTE - If you are building an older gp38/40/SD40 wide cab, you need to reduce the widths to 3/4" and 5/8". The door is the same, but is 1/8" narrower.

      Center the .02" piece on the back of the door.

      Sand the edges of your door to a slight curve, and then mark it up as shown below for hinges and a door handle.

      Cut four pieces of .06 x .125" styrene 1/16" long. Glue these on the side of the door as shown below. They do not quite come up to the top of the door. With your door on a flat surface as shown, make sure these pieces extend past the door so that they sit against your flat surface. The .02" piece on the rear of the door lifts it a bit, so make sure these pieces extend right to the flat surface.

      Cut four pieces of .02 x .06" styrene 1/8". These go on top of the door as shown below, flush with the outer edge of the door.

      Cut a piece of .02" styrene 1/16 x 1/16" and mount it as shown by the blue arrow. Cut four pieces of .025" rod 1/8" long and mount them as shown by the green arrow. Keep them to the outside of the edge of the door. Now cut some bolt heads from .04" hex and mount them as shown by the red arrows.

      Now for a door handle, I start with a 1/16 x 1/16 x 1/4" piece of styrene. Cut out the green sections as shown below. Sand it to smooth it out and taper it a little, and then mount it on your door. I kept a thin piece of styrene under the inner edge while drying to keep it away from the door.

      Now the door will be mounted 1/4" to the right of the center of the nose, and 3/16" up from the base.

      NOTE - On the older GP38/40/SD40 units, cut a piece of 1/16" u channel 7/8" long, and mount it centered just above the door as a drip trim. It will extend slightly over the headlight. This trim was not used on the SD60f.

       

      This post was edited by Shane Stewart at November 14, 2017 9:49 PM EST
    • November 11, 2017 5:53 PM EST
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      For the bottom hatches, start with two pieces of .02" styrene cut 1/2 x 3/4"

      Mark these for latches. The latches measure 1/8 x 1/4". They sit 1/16" from the top of the hatch. The latch will be towards the inside.

      Using .01" styrene, cut four pieces 1/8 x 1/4" and punch one end with a 3/32" hole. Punch holes on the inner side of the latch marks on the hatch as shown by the green arrow.

      Glue the latches into place, and once dry file the holes to square them.

      These mount on the bottom corners of the nose. They are 3/16" in from the outer edges, and 1/16" from the bottom.

      NOTE - On the older GP38/40/SD40 units, flip the hatches over so that the latches are at the bottom. There will be a larger gap between the hatch and the door because the door is 1/8" narrower. You'll have to add hinges to the top as shown in red. You'll also have to add the bracket shown in blue. You can lock the hatch into this bracket to hold it open.

    • November 11, 2017 6:26 PM EST
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      Now you can add the grab iron detail as shown on page 12 of the thread.

      Using 3/64" brass rod, make some grab irons. The measurements are between the curves.

    • November 11, 2017 7:18 PM EST
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      Class Lights    WGR | RGW

      NOTE-Class lights and number boards are above the windows on the old GP38/40/SD40 units.

      We'll start with two pieces of .02" styrene cut 11/16 x 1/4". Mark center lines for width and height, and mark 1/8" in from each side as shown.

      Drill some guide holes.

      Gradually work your way up to 3/16".

      Punch six 1/8" circles out of .01" styrene, and punch 5/32" holes out of the centers.

      Mount the rings nicely spaced as shown below.

      Sand the corners of the base to match the curvature of the lights.

      Mount these 2" from the bottom of the nose, and 5/16" in from the sides of the nose. This should result in the right hand class lights sitting tight to the door hinge.

    • November 11, 2017 8:24 PM EST
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      Outstanding build log that keeps coming !

    • November 11, 2017 8:32 PM EST
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      I echo the words the chicken said!

       

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    • November 12, 2017 5:39 PM EST
      • romeoville, illinois
         
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      That came out really nice Shane , hope to see it running on a video.

    • November 12, 2017 7:32 PM EST
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      mike dorsch said:

       hope to see it running on a video.

      +1

    • November 13, 2017 8:05 AM EST
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      Hmmm very interesting ....

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    • November 14, 2017 3:33 AM EST
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      Unfortunately all of my track is piled up in the basement. This spring I'll have to get something set up in the yard, even if it's a simple loop to start with. I've decided to go with battery power, so hopefully that will speed up layout contruction.

      This post was edited by Shane Stewart at November 14, 2017 3:34 AM EST
    • November 14, 2017 7:36 AM EST
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      Thank You so much and again great build

      Richard

    • November 14, 2017 9:50 PM EST

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      Really top-notch work here!

    • November 17, 2017 8:26 AM EST
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      Wow what a project almost a year in the making.  very nice work.  Later RJD

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