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    • April 23, 2014 10:08 PM EDT
      • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
         
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      You did a first class job on that repaint. :)

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    • April 29, 2014 9:48 PM EDT
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      Been busy replacing my swimming pool lately but finally got that done and now have a little time to get going on my rebuild here. I laminated 3 pieces of 0.80 plastic to make the body of the ditch lites . After the MEK set up I drilled a hole in the center of the plastic block and slid a plastic tube into the hole and glued it again with MEK. The inside diameter fits the 5mm led's nice and snug. After trimming the tube to my liking I added 4 simulated bolts using a dab of JB Weld and painted them and then clear coated them. Now i'll wire them up and move on to final assemby. Here's a few pictures .    I'll paint the back of the led after I finally mount them to the deck.

    • April 30, 2014 9:47 AM EDT
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      Looks good Mike. Not sure how you plan on mounting them but when I did mine I just drilled 2 holes a hair smaller than the LED leads then bent them at a 90 and press fitted the leads down through the holes. It worked like a champ.

       

      BTW...Your loco is looking great!

       

       

    • April 30, 2014 3:27 PM EDT
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      Yep , thats how I do it too , works great.

    • May 14, 2014 8:24 PM EDT
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      Hello again , I finally had enough time to finish my rebuild /repaint of my SD-45 . Now the engine has battery powered led headlites and ditch lites on the front and rear controlled by a center off switch hidden by the smoke unit . It is marked HL in the pictures. Also I put in battery powered ground lites on both sides as well as a couple of lites on the control stand inside the cab controlled by the switch AC in the pictures. The control stand lites are actually fiber optic cable and flash on and off red. Its a small detail that you'll only see at night . The fibers are the diameter of a hair but add a nice touch. Hope you enjoy the pictures.        

    • May 14, 2014 8:53 PM EDT
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      Most excellent
      Richard
    • May 14, 2014 9:54 PM EDT
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      nice detail Mike

    • May 14, 2014 10:22 PM EDT
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      Looks great!

      Nice lighting!

    • May 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT
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      Mike
      That unit came out real nice!

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    • May 15, 2014 9:15 AM EDT
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      Beautiful Loco....


      wonderful job...

       



    • May 15, 2014 9:27 AM EDT
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      Very nicely done. Looks very professional!

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    • May 15, 2014 9:29 AM EDT
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      Thanks guys. Now that i've run ot of all my Polly Scale paint in these colors i'll have to come up with another paint sceme for my remaining loco projects. I still want to repaint a couple of dash-9's and a F-3 . I was thinking of using a dark green for the F-3 and spelling out the name in the side ( Chicago Joliet and Midland) and weathering it to look old and beat up. That would contrast with the F unit I have already painted in this livery . As far as the Dash-9's i'll have to come up with something else. Thats the fun part of doing your own road.

    • May 15, 2014 7:13 PM EDT
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      Mike, Micro Mark is coming out with a line of paints. maybe you could find something close in that line. Also, I had NAPA match a paint colour for a truck I once owned. So maybe you could get a quart custom mixed to match the green. A quart should supply you with enough to do all your equipment. ;)

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    • May 15, 2014 7:39 PM EDT
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      That is superb, Mike...  Wonderful job....  Took your time and it sure shows....:) 

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    • May 15, 2014 8:01 PM EDT
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      Amazing work!

    • May 16, 2014 12:38 AM EDT
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      Veruh nize!

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    • May 16, 2014 9:12 AM EDT
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      gracias muchachos !!

    • May 16, 2014 11:14 AM EDT
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      Amazing work! Very impressive! Can't wait to see a new youtube video of this in action!

    • May 16, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
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      Thanks Matt , as soon as it gets over 50 degrees outside and stops raining . We even had snow flurries today .  

      This post was edited by mike dorsch at May 16, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
    • May 16, 2014 10:25 PM EDT
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      SNOW!? Holy crap.

      We are in monsoon season here. It's rained for 2 weeks....so that's pretty much our spring.  Next week should change to hotashell/roadconstruction season for us. lol.

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