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jmlaboda

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Bachmann S4 chassis for shorter Baldwin switcher kitbashes
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:28:47 AM »
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Was wondering if anyone who has purchased the Bachmann S4 if they could see if the Atlas BLW VO1000 shell will slip onto the chassis.  The prototype's truck centers were a whole 2" off from what was used for Baldwin's later switchers (DS1000, S12, etc) and it would be interesting to know if this might just work.

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Both Reading and Seaboard Air Line received some of the earliest DS 4-4-1000, with both roads' units having the original chassis and carbody being used, with the original VO front grill being used on the RDG units (in a past issue if Diesel Era covering a variety of early RDG locomotives) while it has been reported on an interesting thread on the ACL-SAL-SCL Modelers list at Yahoo! Groups that the earliest DS 4-4-1000s also had the VO1000 chassis and carbodies being used but that the new radiator grill at the end of the hood was applied.  This was also true of Norfolk Southern DS 4-4-1000s (NS 1001, 1002).

If the S4 shell allows for the placement of the Atlas VO1000 shell it could lead to modeling the later BLW switchers which will help to enhance what can be done in N-scale.  Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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Re: Bachmann S4 chassis for shorter Baldwin switcher kitbashes
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 05:43:51 AM »
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Re: Bachmann S4 chassis for shorter Baldwin switcher kitbashes
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 07:39:10 AM »
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The cab end of the Bachmann chassis is really wide (basically filling the cab with weight). Consequently, it will not fit inside the Atlas shell (not without a lot of grinding, anyway).



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Re: Bachmann S4 chassis for shorter Baldwin switcher kitbashes
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 11:07:23 PM »
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Why not wait for the Atlas S2?
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Re: Bachmann S4 chassis for shorter Baldwin switcher kitbashes
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 02:27:00 AM »
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Why not wait for the Atlas S2?

The Atlas shell will form part of the mech, like the arnold. Not useful for bashing

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Re: Bachmann S4 chassis for shorter Baldwin switcher kitbashes
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 06:26:13 AM »
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The Atlas S2 will be another one to consider.  Would be nice for modelers who are interested in doing some Baldwin switcher kitbashes to be able to use one or the other.