Not perfect but it shouldn't be too noticeable once its painted.
Yep . And the carbon brushed pickups are also great for finding conductively problemed areas in the rail. I added wipers to mine in addition to the brushes.I have also found a GP9 which someone had dismantled but couldn't reassemble for dirt cheap on evil bay. The only part that was missing was one handrail post and perhaps some electronics, which I didn't want to use anyways. I redetailed it with scale size handrails and grabs, screwed the pilots to the body and kadees . Fitted it with NWSL wheelsets on the original Lionel 4 motor blocks. It works fine, but is a real ampere eater (draws near 4 amps) so I may remotor it with coreless motors. Right now I am using it to test the current distribution on my new layout as it is so greedy with the amps. It fits my theme as the most modern power as my modeling period terminates with the end of steam in 1957 on PRR and is 1/32 scale. The trucks are with an extended wheelbase of 9' rather than 8' but next to my MTH F3 its hardly noticeable. Since that photo I also placed the number boards flush into the recess.
Happy new year!
Yes indeed. Even so, its still a couple pounds lighter than the stock Lionel 4 motor engine.the prototype weighed 240,000 pounds. Since this is a 1:32, a scale weight would be 7.32 pounds, just FYI.... I see a fair amount of weight there. It should pull like nobody's business!