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    • July 22, 2017 10:03 PM EDT
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      A lot of fine tuning to do yet. I had to see what it will look like!

    • July 21, 2017 3:03 PM EDT
    • Lots of angles to capture on the modern GE cab.

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      I'll get it eventually!

    • July 21, 2017 10:21 AM EDT
    • Joe Paonessa said:

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       It's really important to pick one real example to copy too. There always seems to be changes made to production orders over time and for different customers.

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      Was expecting to see a 1;1 Loco sitting outside your home after that Quote, Joe!!  Love this , keep the pictures coming , Can't wait to see it pulling freight .

       

    • July 20, 2017 8:00 PM EDT
    • Joe Paonessa said:

      It's nice to have an actual model to look at to see what's really going on.

       It's really important to pick one real example to copy too.

       

      Just remember that the model you are looking at may not be exact either.

      I agree it is "very" important to pick one example to copy.

       I don't care what the steam freaks say these modern locos are just as hard (actually) even harder to model than most steam locos. It's the little details that really make them stand out but also get your panties in a wad at times.

      Digging this thread and nice to see you back at it !

    • July 20, 2017 5:02 PM EDT
    • The drawings I'm using from the article in Model RR mag are missing lines near the front of the GE's cab up top. There's something that the drawing took liberty and doesn't appear to be totally accurate. I found out the hard way and now have to re-cut several pieces a little longer. The cab has plates of metal that end short of the front and the drawing seems to have mixed these with the front edges. It's nice to have an actual model to look at to see what's really going on.

       It's really important to pick one real example to copy too. There always seems to be changes made to production orders over time and for different customers.

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    • July 20, 2017 4:16 PM EDT
    • Sorry Eric. I posted more when I started the CSX SD70ACe. I got the pictures from an issue of Model RR mag. They had the 2 new releases from the builders with pictures and drawings. The EMD SD70ACe and the GE ES44AC. They are both older now but I never got around to building the GE. So when I talked about building another modern engine like the GE AC6000, someone suggested using the drawings I already had!

       I model in 1/32 mainly and also have other sizes of equipment from LGB, USA, and Aristo. I prefer the MTH 1 gauge products for their value. They use metal gears that seem to last forever. They are 1/32 and so is Accucraft products among others. Trouble for me is most are older era models and I prefer modern.

       So I built a SD70ACe, a MP15AC, and a kit-bashed F40PH so far for my fleet. I need something more modern to run with my MTH Dash 8s so here I go again.

       It would be difficult for anyone to follow along exactly with me. I have some physical handicaps that limit what I can do and for how long. So I jump around when I can. The pictures really tell the story of what I make. I don't list every angle that I cut. I calculate them as I build and adjust as I go.

       You could look over the pictures in my scratchbuild album. I would suggest also looking at many other member's albums here for better examples.

    • July 20, 2017 10:55 AM EDT
    • I agree detailed step by step would be lovely. ES44 is on my to do list (specifically PRR Heritage unit). 

       

      Joe, you getting your photo templates from any place in particular? Guessing you just resize them to 1:29 scale?

    • July 22, 2017 1:14 AM EDT
    • Well, then I'll check that out. I have an open mind. Kinda like a sieve.

    • July 21, 2017 6:47 PM EDT
    • Richard, I used a sheet of basswood and scribed the planks and the grain before staining. Recently I've been using ship planking from Micro Mark. I think it comes in 3 in widths about 18 in long. Looks great and saves a lot of work.

      Doc

    • July 21, 2017 3:49 PM EDT
    • Hey Don...looking at the coach pic you posted what did you use for the floor material.  Did you hand carve the wood look or was it purchased that way?

      Richard

    • July 21, 2017 7:04 AM EDT
    • That's cool Joe.  Now my picture appears correct all of a sudden.  Got your message Richard.

       

      Doc

    • July 21, 2017 12:56 AM EDT
    • And when you post from you ipad you often get doubles....

    • July 20, 2017 11:21 PM EDT
    • Ok...that's strange....Don's pictures are almost upside down when I look at the on my iPad. On my computer?? Just fine...more strangeness...

    • July 20, 2017 11:21 PM EDT
    • Ok...that's strange....Don's pictures are almost upside down when I look at the on my iPad. On my computer?? Just fine...more strangeness...

    • July 20, 2017 10:10 PM EDT
    • Don Watson said:
       BTW, why do my pictures end up cockeyed when they get posted? Doc

      Do you really think this is better?

       

    • July 20, 2017 8:56 PM EDT
    • Hi Don,

      I sent the message a little while back so let me know if you don't receive it.  Thanks again for the help.

      As far as the pictures go I'm not sure why they are cockeyed.  The two you posted above look fine to me.  I find it strange that I can't see pictures on some posts.  I see a square with an x.  But others can obviously see them because they are responding to them.  Strange.

      Richard

    • July 20, 2017 6:25 PM EDT
    • Richard,

      Email me your address and I'll mail them to you no charge. I'm going out of town for a few days and I'll get out to you when I return.

      I thought there might be some other modelers out there who might remember these items.

      BTW, why do my pictures end up cockeyed when they get posted?

      Doc

    • July 20, 2017 6:15 PM EDT
    • While no where near as nice as Don's scratch & kit bashed  seats; I simply painted the floors and the seats in my coach plus the divider in my combine, then added some Aristo figures and some details.  This was my first "car upgrade" when I was juts getting started. I don't think there are any pictures when apart.

       

    • July 20, 2017 5:31 PM EDT
    • Greetings Don,

      Wow!! Those turned out beautiful and are exactly what I've had in mind.  I would like to take you up on your offer of sending a pair...let me know how much and I'll get it to you.

       

      Thanks a bunch!

      Richard

    • July 20, 2017 2:23 PM EDT
    • Richard,

      At least 15 years ago I kit bashed a Bachmann combine into a steamcoach. I built up a number of seats using the plastic seat end parts shown below and some balsa wood for the seats and backs.  I don't remember where I got them.  They could have been from Grandt Line but not sure.  They were supposed to be 1:24 and they were perfect for the Bachmann.

       

       

      Here is a photo of the finished product.

       

       

      If you would like me to send you a pair to model from, let me know.

       

      Doc Watson