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Athearn BB F7s and Their Steam Generator Ends

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Posted by Attuvian on Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:56 PM

doctorwayne

I seem to recall reading that the original F-units' noses were more-or-less cobbled together with various welded panels, then plastered-over with a heavy application of Bondo or similar body-filler material.

While I don't mind the noses on EMD cab units, I much prefer those on the various versions of ALCo's FAs, although not so much those on the PAs.

Wayne

 
Thanks, Doctor Wayne, you've validated a critical point in my upbringing.  My mom was right all along, rest her soul.  I can hear her words echoing down the halls of time: "Young man, there are many kinds of noses and as with all fine art, everyone has their tastes.  As long as yours has two holes you should be all right."
 
Nothing like parental wisdom - once you're a parent.
 
BTW, I also recall her mentioning people getting "nose jobs".  I had no idea Bondo was part of the reconstrution process.  Thanks for expanding my knowledge.
 
John
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Posted by D FOWLER on Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:34 AM

I am modeling a DRGW F9B and want to add those steam generator vents. I added some of these vents years ago but don't remember where I got these detail parts.

Does anyone know where to get these parts?

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Posted by ba&prr on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:56 AM

Details West.   Joe

From Walthers catalog:https://www.walthers.com/diesel-parts-steam-generator-3-piece-set

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:05 AM

BTW, remember the Athearn F-units were designed back when the hobby was much more 'roll your own'. Many modellers would have bought undecorated engines and added details and then decorated them for a real or freelance railroad themselves. I suspect Athearn's thought was that it would be easier for someone wanting a freight F-unit to just remove the protruding bits and sand the hatch area smooth before painting, than it would be for someone wanting a passenger F to try to add the needed parts to a freight engine's roof.

Stix

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