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I am beginning my first G scale (or any scale, now that I think about it) bash, a Santa Fe CF7. I am either going to do 2417, 2420, or 2427. I disassembled the USA GP7 I am using as a base tonight and am going to order parts soon. I am doing it for the Model Railroader kitbash contest, but if it does not win, I will send it to GR. I'll post my progress when I have time (which I hope will be fast because it has to be done by June.)
 

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Sounds like an interesting build. Keep in mind that the CF's were a tad shorter then the GP7/9's. A USAT F7 fuel tank should do quite well as a replacement for the 7's arrangement.

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I believe the truck bolsters between the CF7 and GP7 differed by just a foot - not particularly worth cutting the frame over (and if you wished to be absolutely accurate, you could always use a USAT F3 chassis instead).

Devcon Plastic Welder does work wonders to hold stuff like this together though...

-Kurt
 

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Cool. I've always thought the CF-7s had a very unique, appealing look to them--for some strange reason they reminded me of a puppy. Don't ask... Anyway, I can't wait to see your progress on this. I'm not a diesel person, but if you're going to build one, pick one with personality! This certainly qualifies.

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The article about it has to be in the MR offices by June 1, so I have to work fast. I'm going to order parts probably tomorrow, so I can probably start the bash next week sometime.
 

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I am very interested in your kitbash as well. I also am a fan of the CF-7. Seems like a perfect engine to be done in G as they have made there way to shortlines all over the country, and they do look different than just about anything out there.

Kevin, I agree the round cab units remind me of a basset hound!?

Just a thought on the cab--might consider making it out of clear styrene or acrylic-tape off the windows and paint the cab--would create the effect of flush windows. I saw an article awhile ago in Model Railroader about someone that did that with scratchbuilt passanger cars.

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Posted By Dr G on 02/20/2009 11:56 AM
I am very interested in your kitbash as well. I also am a fan of the CF-7. Seems like a perfect engine to be done in G as they have made there way to shortlines all over the country, and they do look different than just about anything out there.

Kevin, I agree the round cab units remind me of a basset hound!?

Just a thought on the cab--might consider making it out of clear styrene or acrylic-tape off the windows and paint the cab--would create the effect of flush windows. I saw an article awhile ago in Model Railroader about someone that did that with scratchbuilt passanger cars.

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Matt


Sounds like a good idea, I might have to try that. I just need to figure out what thickness.
 

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OK, I finally ordered $50 of parts and $50 of tools last week and I should get them on Thursday. Unfortunately, they were out of stock of the glue I wanted, so I won't be able to assemble it yet unless I get some glue. They also didn't have 2 other things I wanted, so I will have to make an order of substitute things and get it in as fast as I can.

I decided on 2417 because I found pictures of both sides and the front, more than I found for the other 2.

And if the article doesn't get in Model Railroader, I'm sending it to Garden Railways.
 

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Interesting. A friend was an engineer for a shortline that had some of these S/H. He said they were actually good locos.
 

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Since I still don't have the parts, it isn't looking like I'm going to get it done in time for the contest. At least I won't have to rush if there's no deadline. Unless a miracle happens and I get it done in time, I'll send the article to GR.

I did start a little work on it, sanding off some mold parting lines and cutting some small things off.
 

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I went to Kinkos today and got copies of the plans made, so I started on the cab. Here are the first pictures:
(Sorry about the quality of some of them.)





 

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Great start!! I really like the idea of blowing up the plans to full size. What is the formula? I assume the originals were HO--No? What road name is it going to be?

On the photo thing--looks like motion to me--dark room and the camera increased exposure setting--either more light (shooting outside is good) or set the camera on a solid surface and use the automatic timer to shoot the photo without touching the camera.

Can't wait to see the progress.

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Holly Batman using a C&NW unit
what was wrong with using a Santa Fe unit. Great start so I'll be looking for the future instalments of the kit bash. Later RJD
 
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