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Rapido FL-9 progress
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:38:07 PM »
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Our factory has been hard at work on the HO scale FL-9 tooling. They sent along some photos today to show progress, and they're just too cool not to share!



More images can be seen on our web site at www.rapidotrains.com/fl9_4.html

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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2014, 08:07:48 AM »
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Too big to fit on my track!  :P  :trollface:
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 08:32:07 AM »
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Nice!

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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2014, 08:35:37 AM »
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Too big to fit on my track!  :P  :trollface:

The tiny one.... Wait, did I say that on a public forum....  :facepalm:   starts tooling this week.

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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2014, 04:00:51 PM »
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It that electrically eating away the metal?  I read about this before, but don't know much about it. How is this better than just regular milling? Quicker? More accurate?


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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2015, 08:07:43 AM »
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Bill, how is the FL9 coming along? I know there has been some progress made.
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2015, 10:42:16 PM »
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We have received samples of the shell and unit (first off) and they are really quite promising. Fine tuning (read "Bill goes blind counting rivets and checking details) is going on. We will have the samples at Springfield for public display.

We have pictures up on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/rapidotrains/photos/pcb.739504086135458/739502612802272/?type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/rapidotrains/photos/pcb.739504086135458/739502662802267/?type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/rapidotrains/photos/pcb.739504086135458/739502702802263/?type=1&theater

Hope that helps...

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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2015, 01:57:02 PM »
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Just out of curiosity, are you going to offer these in Undec?  They would do well on my Dad's freelance HO layout (read birthday present) and I'd like to paint them up for him.

Secondly, will you do like some manufacturers and glue the window glass in on the undec shells so that it makes painting way difficult?
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2015, 09:52:57 PM »
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Yes; we will be offering undecorated units; see the page on the website for details.

http://www.rapidotrains.com/fl9_ho.html   - bottom of the page

As for gluing the windows in, we usually have them tacked in; but having removed 100's of them it hasn't ever been a problem. I don't think most people understand how incredibly difficult it is to communicate accurately to a Chinese factory specific instructions about leaving parts off a very small number of models in a run of 2-3,000... The "polybags" are pre done so there's nowhere to put parts, ergo they go missing or damage the model. I know it sounds simple, I thought it was too; right until I got involved in trying to make it happen.....

I know some mfg have managed to master this but most cringe when it is mentioned....... undecs are maybe 1-2% of a run.....
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2015, 07:27:46 PM »
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2015, 07:34:12 PM »
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Is that the final nose contour?

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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2015, 07:47:17 PM »
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Is that the final nose contour?

Jason

Yes; we spent a lot of time on that with the FP9 using EMD blueprints and numerous measurements. The FL9 has the same contours with the exception of nose door; the Canadian FP9 door is slightly recessed and had a drip strip while the FL9 door is flush. (This was the topic of many, many emails, skype meetings and conversations) Bill is taking our newest sample to Cocca Beach Proto meet where he will meet with a few of our FL9 consulting crew and they will go over the sample with a fine tooth comb; I suspect "tweeks" to various aspects of the model with result from that...... (plus the requisite beer bill... :D)
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2015, 11:34:15 PM »
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Too big!  Needs to be about 54% of that!  :D
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Re: Rapido FL-9 progress
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2015, 11:48:59 PM »
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Too big!  Needs to be about 54% of that!  :D

Here, here....... :D

Working on it.....
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