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Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:54:14 PM »
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With the release of the Missouri-Illinois boxcar, I am preparing a display for our local museum since the M-I was a noteworthy part of the local railroad history. You know, something simple like a loco, the M-I car, and a caboose on a bit of track. However, I'm stymied by a surprising lack of models in MP, especially 1st-gen power to go with the car. Mop had GP7's and 9's, and RS-2's and 3's out the wazoo, but I'll be damned if I can find any N models in MP paint.

So, having given up for the moment for pre-fab, it's time to paint & decal. Microscale has the right decals at least for the loco, but neither Scalecoat nor Testors/Floquil/Pollyscale list Jenks blue.

Given that my railfan and MRR experience is the thunder of the big Southwest roads, I always regarded the MP as one of the most boring roads imaginable... but does the entire hobby feel that way? Sure seems like it.
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 02:12:00 PM »
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... Microscale has the right decals at least for the loco, but neither Scalecoat nor Testors/Floquil/Pollyscale list Jenks blue.

I think it was Accupaint (no, Modelflex, I meant to say) that made MoPac blue. It's been about 10 years since I used it though. Is Accupaint still in business?


Hmm... I could use some
termite brown...


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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 03:54:48 PM »
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I know one thing , if you want proto shots of MP locos and stuff , the web is littered with them . So research would be easier than some other roads .

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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 04:06:17 PM »
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I think it was Life-Like that did a really nice GP-9 (or GP-18? maybe) in MoPac. 

EDIT: Here ya go...

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/lip/lip7108.htm
Buddy of mine has one of these and it is a beautiful locomotive.  One of my favs.

And, I didn't realize they did one in the later scheme also!
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 04:51:18 PM »
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Thanks, guys. Yup, that GP18 would fill the bill very nicely, so I'll prowl eBay for one. I don't need to solve this immediately, so we have time for the right one to show up.

Richie, I hadn't started with the prototype research yet, but it's nice to know it ought to be relatively easy.
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 04:53:22 PM »
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Atlas has done GP-38's and B23-7's. :D
Also, Life Like did the FA-2 in both old and new IIRC.
Kato did the GP-50 long, long ago.  Thought they had them on sale last year for $50!
Found an old box behind a shelf, they said! :o

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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 05:11:33 PM »
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Intermountain did F7's.
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013, 05:21:50 PM »
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Badger ModelFlex has MoPac Blue (stock #16-86), just not sure on the accuracy of the color.  They also list MoPac Eagle Blue, Eagle Roof Gray, and Eagle Gray.

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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 05:40:27 PM »
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Atlas did the U23B also. The LL offering was a GP18 and I think they did the BL2 at one time (though not in the Jenks blue).

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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 05:42:26 PM »
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Oh, and don't forget the GP15

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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 05:56:12 PM »
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Is Accupaint still in business?

Nope, gone for a while.

Tru-color paints are very similar to Accupaints.
http://www.trucolorpaint.com/
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 06:09:23 PM »
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Badger ModelFlex has MoPac Blue (stock #16-86), just not sure on the accuracy of the color....

When I said Accupaint earlier in this thread, I was thinking of Modelflex. The years have not been kind to my... my... oh, memory!

The Jenks blue appeared to be very accurate to my eyes.


Hmm... I read that the
first MoPac engines to be
painted in Jenks blue were
the GP18s...





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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2013, 06:17:30 PM »
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2013, 07:58:31 PM »
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Problem solved. Just found an RS-11 on eBay in blue/gray, "Buy Now". Done. The RS-11's didn't last all that long on the Mop before they were hacked-up into "GP16" rebuilds.

Just need to pick-up one of the MTL caboose foobies. They're close enough to something they might have had - MP's caboose fleet was schizophrenic at best. I'd love to get a Bluford transfer caboose especially seeing they're a local company, but for some reason the MP version is scarce as hens' teeth.
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Re: Is the Mop really that unpopular?
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2013, 10:50:27 PM »
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Kato also did the GP38-2 for MoPac. Not sure if sold on it's own, but it was part of a train set.

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