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Athearn Genesis SD70ace Number Board

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Athearn Genesis SD70ace Number Board
Posted by parts323 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:41 PM

Hello everyone. I just aquired a Athearn Genesis SD70ace for a extremely low price as part of a train deal. The locomotive has never been run, and it perfect shape, except for a missing a front number board. The number boards are not lighted. It is painted for Kansas City Southern. Anyone have one rolling around in a spare parts box?

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Posted by Da Stumer on Friday, September 23, 2022 11:04 PM

I don’t know how those cabs are constructed, but would it be possible to slip some clear styrene in there with a number board decal? Or is it a molded part that specifically fits the opening?

-Peter. Mantua collector, 3D printing enthusiast, Korail modeler.

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Posted by parts323 on Monday, September 26, 2022 8:08 AM

Thanks for the response. Not quite. The whole number board housing is missing. It just glues to the front of the cab. It does not have any clear plastic area that the numbers are mounted on. I will probaly just post a photo so everyone has a better idea.

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, September 26, 2022 10:32 AM

First of all, the chances of finding someone on the forum who may have an Athearn Genesis SD70ace numberboard lying around is extremely unlikely, but there are ways to manufacture one yourself.

I don't own any Athearn Genesis SD70ace locomotives, but I do have experience replacing numberboards for the most unfortunate of reasons. I once melted a front housing on a steam locomotive, destroying four numberboards in the process, by unwittingly replacing a burned out 1.5v incandescent bulb with a 12v incandescent bulb.

You will need a few small pieces of thin styrene sheet, some gray and black paint (unless you have some black styrene sheet), an Xacto Knife, a hobby file and some white numeral decals.

The black (painted) styrene sheet will hold the desired numbers and then be overlayed by a gray colored styrene sheet, trimmed to expose the numbers. To match, you are going to need to manufacture two identical number boards which be be glued onto the locomotive to replace the current (and missing) number boards.

This is what you are going for.

To give you confidence that it can be done, here is my before and after.

Good luck if you decide to take this approach.

Rich

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, September 26, 2022 12:36 PM

richhotrain
I once melted a front housing on a steam locomotive destroying four numberboards in the process.

Misery loves company, Rich Whistling

 LL_Berk-melt by Edmund, on Flickr

Fortunately Walthers fixed me up with replacements (this was back in 2005)

Regards, Ed

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, September 26, 2022 2:10 PM

gmpullman

 

 
richhotrain
I once melted a front housing on a steam locomotive destroying four numberboards in the process.

 

Misery loves company, Rich Whistling

 LL_Berk-melt by Edmund, on Flickr

Fortunately Walthers fixed me up with replacements (this was back in 2005)

Regards, Ed

 

Aww geez, who joined whose club? Looks like I joined your club since you committed your mistake in 2005, mine in 2013, both on an NKP Berkshire. EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Rich

Alton Junction

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