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BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« on: November 15, 2021, 06:44:02 PM »
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For those that may care, the BLI SD40-2's in both high hood and low are in a ModelTrainStuff.  This would imply that they are or will be in stock at other retailers soon.
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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2021, 10:35:00 AM »
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Has anyone seen a real photo of these?

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2021, 11:37:13 AM »
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Received my Milw Road SD40-2's. Look great. My only beef is they have ditch lights  :facepalm: I can live with the full length fuel tanks (don't want to give up any weight/pulling power) and I will move the bell. The plow on the rear end is a nice touch, even if it is the wrong style. I will swap it to the weed cutter version and use the original one on something else. I will have to remove the ditch lights. Wish they would make a version without.
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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2021, 11:45:59 AM »
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Has anyone seen a real photo of these?

These should be like the earlier runs (I have two) - by far the best model of the early SD40-2 in N scale. I have one of the NW hi-noses in transit now (from FD).

As noted, I will have to remove the ditch lights (I guess that's easier than having to add them!). Why did they do that?  :facepalm:

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2021, 11:47:13 AM »
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Here are a couple more.

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2021, 12:41:03 PM »
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These should be like the earlier runs (I have two) - by far the best model of the early SD40-2 in N scale. I have one of the NW hi-noses in transit now (from FD).

As noted, I will have to remove the ditch lights (I guess that's easier than having to add them!). Why did they do that?  :facepalm:

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Because BLI seems to subscribe to the idea that you can have any SD40-2 that you want as long as it an early version with ditch lights!

Honestly, you see the same thing with BLI steam- the SP steamers don't have vanderbilt tenders, no oil bunkers for the western roads. I at least kind of get that they would have to design a new decoder board for a vanderbilt tender, but the oil bunker wouldn't be hard to tool.

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2021, 01:42:44 PM »
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One thing I want to add that the pics don't show is the truck detail. I'm impressed. They even have the air line running between the brake cylinders. You can see a bit of the copper contacts peaking thru the trucks, but this can be fixed with a touch of paint.

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2021, 04:24:28 PM »
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For those who have them, how do they run?  My IM SD40-2 runs great, as do all my Scale Train sound locos.  I bought one BLI Dash-9 and it seemed pretty finicky compared to the others, so I am hesitant, despite them looking good.  Also, I was tempted, but never pulled the trigger on all the seeming leftovers from the first run, many offered at substantial discounts to move the product.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2021, 05:40:35 PM »
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It's still odd to me that they have 3D rungs on the front and molded on the rear?

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2021, 06:57:09 PM »
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I bought one BLI Dash-9 and it seemed pretty finicky compared to the others

BLI doesn’t make a Dash-9, or I missed something.

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2021, 03:47:26 PM »
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BLI doesn’t make a Dash-9, or I missed something.

My bad, my loco is the ES44AC, but hey, in the family.  So I pulled it out of it's box and off the shelf and put it on the track without cleaning the wheels and it ran WAAAAAY better than I remembered.  It still tends to lose contact a bit more than other brands, in my experience, but I will thoroughly clean the wheels before I decide that for sure.  Anyway, as it runs right now, its back in my rotation, and I might consider an SD40-2, as the details are very, very good.

Does anyone off hand know if any of the road names have been sold to shortlines yet?  I model an urban industrial area, and most of my locos are patch jobs, lease units, etc.  I like the rolling mud hen look, LOL.

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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2021, 04:29:44 PM »
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Pretty much all the schemes have some good patch jobs,  but If "Rolling Mud Hen" is what you are after the Milwaukee units had a fun history...
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/emd/emd6303dsa.jpg
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Re: BLI SD40-2 High Hood and Low Hood at MTS
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2021, 04:55:02 PM »
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Pretty much all the schemes have some good patch jobs,  but If "Rolling Mud Hen" is what you are after the Milwaukee units had a fun history...
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/emd/emd6303dsa.jpg

I have a GP38-2 in that bandit paint scheme. I need to put the shell over a sound chassis and run her, too.  As a theoretically south side of Chicago switching district, it would be a pretty good fit.  I could say it was on Bill Denton's layout and took a wrong turn and got lost somehow........