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    • July 30, 2021 9:21 PM EDT
    • Thanks Guys. Glad you're liking it. The long hood is now wearing zebra stripes, and I've started weathering.

       

    • July 30, 2021 7:29 AM EDT
    • Shane careful now...  Oh the saying is ... careful Sean

      You've done good ...

    • July 29, 2021 11:47 PM EDT
    • Weathering looks great!

    • July 29, 2021 3:27 PM EDT
    • A little progress for Sean. 

       

    • July 7, 2021 1:09 PM EDT
    • Well, it rained yesterday, which allowed me to complete the cab. Received orange paint this morning. Projects go much faster when you don't have to build custom cabs. :)

       

      You can tell this is an old unit by the orange roof. The ugly paint will also be a clue...oh wait...you'll have to stay tuned for that. :P

       

      Shane

       

    • July 5, 2021 2:25 PM EDT
    • That's interesting Paul. One thing I really enjoy about the old CN fleet is that most of it is custom. Your SP seems to share that aspect.

       

      When I chose my IC unit, I needed one with DB and 3129 was the only one. It was also an oddball with the low headlight, and an "L" shaped engineer's window. ( When it got CN paint, the "L" window was replaced with two standard windows. )

       

      We have one assigned to Edmonton, the 3140, which is still in IC paint. It's a downgraded GP60 with the GP40 style DB. It would be a good project using the new AML GP60 when it is released. It's listed in the CN fleet summary as a GP40-3.

    • July 5, 2021 10:28 AM EDT
    • Shane,

      This series of SP GP38-2's, I believe about ten of them, are a little different then most SP units.  Headlights, no plows etc.  They were  part of a cancelled order from another railroad that SP then purchased.  I chose this roadnumber to model just because they were a little different then other SP units.   I could look up their origins if anyone is interested.  

    • July 5, 2021 3:24 AM EDT
    • Craig, I know the feeling. Too little time for too much hobby. 

       

      Paul, yes, exactly. Tonight, I almost have the long hood fit. Just a little more sanding to bring it tight to the cab. I just noticed that your nose light is positioned just like my IC unit. They sit about 25-30% lower then my CN units. 

       

       

       

    • July 5, 2021 1:53 AM EDT
    • Shane,

      Something kind of like this S.P. Gp38-2.  Aristo GP40 chassis with USA GP38 long hood.  I had the chassis leftover from a SD40 build using a SD45 chassis and the GP40 long hood.

    • July 4, 2021 11:46 PM EDT
    • I've been in a bit of a modeling funk lately and really want to get back to kitbashing, but I keep telling myself to finish my track work and the decoder installs first before I got all out with super detailing my locomotives.

       

    • July 29, 2021 3:07 AM EDT
    • Wow.  Thanks everyone for the feedback.  The girls confirmed they could and would use it, which helps to justify the expense.  The local craft shop sells the CRICUT brand and offers classes in their use, so that makes the most sense.  I think we'll get that mid-grade model unless I am directed to come to a different opinion! 

       

      Eric

    • July 28, 2021 1:39 PM EDT
    • I also use a vinyl cutter but mine is a older silhouette model but works great, things that I have found using it are while outdoor vinyl is UV proof it is thicker at standard and doesn't like creases much so I use the indoor type which is a "little" more forgiving and then spray with Krylon mat finish which gives a bit of UV protection, stay away from intricate designs as they are hard to remove from the mat, I also use drawer liner from dollar general instead of manufacture's brand of transfer paper, it is much cheaper and releases design much easier, great device and use it for all my lettering processes, you can also cut out stencils using stencil paper if you wish to paint your project. Haven't gotten into the multi color signs which are possible with the units, Billdrumhead       

    • July 28, 2021 12:21 PM EDT
    • I love my cutter. And i have used it for both vinyl letters and to make stencils that I can then paint the car. And another use is that you can cut thin styrene with them. Its a bit hard on the cutter blade but those are a cheap replacement. It will cut all the way through very thin stuff or make score marks on thicker stuff that you can then snap the piece out.

       

    • July 26, 2021 3:42 PM EDT
    • I wasn't real fond of the Cricut proprietary s/w and communications so I went with the Silhouette cameo 4.  Nice machine. There is an inkscape plugin for linux that will send an svg file directly to the cutter.  Cricut goes around suing everyone who tries to reverse engineer their com format, I consider that reprehensible, but perhaps that's just me.  Anyhow, the cameo does a great job, I've used it for stencils and lettering.  Granted the C&O scheme is not overly complex (to say the least) but it does a good job.

       

      The above is a stencil.

       

    • July 26, 2021 3:40 PM EDT
    • Those look great, Chris!

    • July 26, 2021 9:21 AM EDT
    • Combine your Cricut with a high quality printer and you can make some really neat signs.   These are printed on UV vinyl, cut on the Cricut and applied to some sheet styrene which I manually trimmed.   Haven't had the wife try trimming the styrene itself yet.

       

       

    • July 26, 2021 8:21 AM EDT
    • I got the Cricut Air a few years back, and it does well with lighter materials. I wish I'd waited for the Maker though, I think you can cut thin styrene sheet with it. I've not kept up with the product line, but you might want to compare lists of what they can cut (and how thick), and make your choice based on which of those materials you'd care about. 

    • July 26, 2021 2:33 AM EDT
    • Resurrecting this thread to guide a purchase...

       

      I can procure CRICUT-brand cutters and supplies locally, which settles the brand debate.   They have the "Joy,"  "Maker 3," and "Explore 3."   Cheaper is always better, but not if it won't do what I want it to do, which is to make durable stencils and letters for our railroad and to augment the girls' crafting projects.  The "Explore 3" seemed to be a capability in excess of need, but I'd rather buy the right tool once.  Does anyone have any opinions on which is the right machine for most purposes?

       

      Thanks,

      Eric

    • July 14, 2021 12:35 PM EDT
    • That looks great Eric, now it needs a Gordon paint job 

    • July 14, 2021 3:22 AM EDT
    • Update & Close-out:

       

      Kid-zilla and I, taking a break from our running gun battle with our m2075 / Smallbrook hybrid (Rehab of the Missile Sponges Part the Second - Christmas Thomas), brainstormed on this project a bit last month:

      We both agreed that this would lead to a unique locomotive.  Once we started discussing "cutting," and "sawing," however, KId-zilla teared up.  Gordon, it seems, still has value as is, and is in no need of rehabilitation in the eyes of "his" primary engineer.

       

      Thanks to all who offered suggestions - and bits - to get this project rolling.  The project is on indefinite delay, however, until Kid-zilla is ready.

       

      Eric