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Re: 1:29 Rolling Stock Rehabs for ‘70s North-Central PA Shortline
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2021, 11:05:48 PM »
Finally, she’s done.  An ALCO with all the right attitude.

Here’s the photo I based the model on.  I picked this photo since its details seemed like the easiest conversion from a stock Aristo-Craft RS3:

And my results:

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After misidentifying 5260 as ex-NH, I fixed my error and went ahead with the full NYC cab signal equipment.  All scratchbuilt from styrene.

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Mostly, I referred to photos of a brass model here.

The loco still has its 3 slide switches, but now they control the cab interior light, the numberboards, and the smoke unit, which I still have to program.  I want to save function keys for sounds, and keep my whole fleet’s DCC functions the same.

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All the handrails are re-bent, because every one was way wrong.

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Here’s 5260 running.

I also added weight to the fuel tank, and built a huge speaker baffle with sound deadening inside the long hood.  The sounds from the TCS WOW501 decoder are incredible!  I’m still tinkering with detail painting, fading, and light weathering.  This will make a great addition to the Penn Central fleet, and will make working the interchange (ahem, staging) of my outdoor layout much more fun.


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Re: 1:29 Rolling Stock Rehabs for ‘70s North-Central PA Shortline
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2021, 09:58:34 AM »
This is simply awesome.

Because this is TRW, I'm gonna say that you should go even further with various lighting effects. Add ground lights, update the headlight bulbs, etc.

With all that space to work with, you almost have to!

BTW, you know my favorite part? The spark arrestor. Those are so hard to do in smaller scales and I am jelly!


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