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Hello!

I've been toying with the idea of kitbashing a USA Trains GP7/9 (if and when I can locate one that I can afford :rolleyes: ) into a IC Paduca-rebuilt GP10 (SGLR's 578, to be precise).

So far, I've been playing with the options in my head, and the fabrication of an air filter box and chopping of the low nose seem doable, but I'm a bit dubious about the modification of the radiator fans. Unlike the 7's or 9's, the Paduca rebuilds used standard 48" EMD radiator fans (same as on the Lionel GP20, which I refuse to use for dislike of it, and the molded-on dynamic brake blister), which I have yet to find a supplier for in 1:29.

The game plan would be, essentially, to chop out the radiator roof sections of the Geep, fashion styrene replacement roof sections with pre-drilled holes for the front and rear fans, and place this in the gap left over, and subsequently, fit the fans over these sections.

This said, far as I can see, so far, there are no suppliers for these fans, am I correct? Or mistaken? Either way, what would you fellows suggest?

Take care,

-Kurt
 

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Hello Colin,

I understand now. Curious, what would you recommend for gluing those discs in - without the possibilty of their popping out during drilling?

Is it general practice to reinforce these discs at the bottom with styrene strips?

-Kurt
 

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I see - I gather the cutter cannot handle the desired thickness styrene at once (wouldn't know, never used a compass cutter before). Any particular brand of putty used to finish off the edge?

Curious, which glue did you use? I've heard some people using the thick Testors stuff, others use Krazy-Glue, some Zap-A-Gap, but I never seem to hear of something definite.

-Kurt
 
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