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CN 2-8-0 Kitbashing

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CN 2-8-0 Kitbashing
Posted by Sailormatlac on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 3:29 PM

Maybe a few of you have see the WIP in the Prototype infomtion forum.I finally completed my projet to turn a HO Spectrum Rock Island #2119 2-8-0 into Canadian National #2500 2-8-0 (N-2-b class). It took a week with an average of 8 hours of work per day.

It was first supposed to be an easy straightforward renumbering operation with no modification to the shell. Finally, with the help of Doctorwyne, it turned out to be an almost exact replica of the real thing which I quite satisfied. No commercial parts were bought for this project. Most details were done with styrene sheet, ball point pen, sprues, electric wire, brass wire and things I dug out from my junk box.

I'm quite satisfied with the paint because I tried to get the abused look tender paint have on the prototype without overdoing it and losing the glossy finish.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

 For reference, the original locomotive:

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Posted by andrechapelon on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4:17 PM

That's a real nice job. Especially nice is the piping job you've done on the Elesco FWH. 

Andre

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Posted by doctorwayne on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4:44 PM

Very nice work, Matt.  Thumbs Up

 

Wayne

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Posted by Sailormatlac on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 5:01 PM

Thanks Andre and Wayne,

He locomotive is gonna make her maiden trip tonight on the layout. I'll have more interesting pictures in context to show.

Matt

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Posted by NevinW on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 5:33 PM

Excellent.  Very well done.  I love a good kitbashing.  -  Nevin

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Posted by graftonterminalrr on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 8:02 PM

WOW - Very nicely done. Great work.

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Posted by xdford on Thursday, December 30, 2010 5:16 AM

This is really excellent looking work... any possibility of a small "how to" as I have a 2-8-0 that I would rather have as a CN one than a CV one. I have a (non operating) CN 2-8-0 brass engine from the first VH run but as I repair it and build the steam fleet, this would be really useful!

Cheers from Australia

Trevor www.xdford.digitalzones.com

 

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Posted by galaxy on Thursday, December 30, 2010 7:40 AM

Wow! I wouldn't have known it was kitbashed if you hadn't told me and would have asked where I could get one!

Superb job! WowYeahYesThumbs UpBow

 

Thanks for sharing Geeked

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Posted by Forty Niner on Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:53 AM

Beautiful loco, superb job!!!!!

2 "thumbs" up on this one!!!

Looking forward to seeing more of your fine workmanship!!!

Mark

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Posted by tatans on Friday, December 31, 2010 11:47 AM

Great job, I'm  searching for a CN 2-8-0  N4a, almost impossible to find, (did see one for @$900.00) is that the reason you bashed  the loco  into an N2b ?

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Posted by Sailormatlac on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 12:00 PM

xdford

This is really excellent looking work... any possibility of a small "how to" as I have a 2-8-0 that I would rather have as a CN one than a CV one. I have a (non operating) CN 2-8-0 brass engine from the first VH run but as I repair it and build the steam fleet, this would be really useful!

Cheers from Australia

Trevor www.xdford.digitalzones.com

 

Yes, just go there for the WIP: http://cs.trains.com/TRCCS/forums/t/184194.aspx

BTW, Thanks everyone, I'm happy to see you enjoyed the project. I surprised myself with the result and I look forward to bash another engine. I've still got a few steamers to canadianize for the layout. CNR 5702 is gonna be a challenge and I'll take my time to get the parts before starting...

I had the chance to introduce a few people to train operation on the layout during the holidays. This locomotive was the best part of the show... You can say what you want, but when a steamer appears on a layout, the most uninterested person in the room turn into a child! Just need to repaint a few passenger coaches for the show!

 

Matt

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Posted by Sailormatlac on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 12:33 PM

tatans

Great job, I'm  searching for a CN 2-8-0  N4a, almost impossible to find, (did see one for @$900.00) is that the reason you bashed  the loco  into an N2b ?

I love to build things, so when I can spare a few bucks and do the job myself, I go that way. I found this 2-8-0 for about 60$ on Ebay a year ago. At the time, I read many positive review about the Spectrum 2-8-0 so it convinced me to get one for the layout since I needed a middle-sized freight engine. At this price, it was worth, even if it didn't fit any specific prototype. In fact, I bought it then searched for a fitting CNR prototype... I was lucky on that one!

 As you pointed out, I didn't wanted to invest a few hundreds just for one engine for a club layout. The reason why I bashed it into a N-2-b was because this very engine is almost identical to the Spectrum engine. At first, I thought M-5-c was closer, but Doctorwayne encouraged me to go for the N-2-b since it was closer (the driver size was a determinant factor in my choice). I think it is a wise alternative to a brass or TLT engine...

If I wanted to be picky, I would choose a prototype that ran in eastern Canada, specifically in Quebec City Area. Call it the impossible dream! Most of these steamers were small engines, never larger than Mikados and most of the time small consolidations, 4-6-0 and 2-6-0... I don't know any good plastic 4-6-0 to bash (Rogers prototype jsut don't fit the bill at all). 2-6-0 is easier to do and I based my IHC bash on an old Canadian Railway Modeller issue published around 1997. But I still keeping an eye open. If I had to build an other freight steamer, it would be a Quebec Central Railway 4-6-0 with an all-weather cab...

Matt

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Posted by doctorwayne on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 4:13 PM

Matt, here's your link in clickable form:

LINK

 

This is what I typed to make the word "LINK" clickable (with a couple of spaces added between the "l" and "=" to make it non-functioning).  The actual link was simply "Pasted" in as shown.

[url  =http://cs.trains.com/TRCCS/forums/t/184194.aspx]LINK[/url]

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Posted by UncBob on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:35 PM

Lookin good

Congrats

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Posted by rogertra on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 4:47 PM
Excellent job. I have something like half a dozen Spectrum 2-8-0 and one of them is definately going to follow your kitbash. I've already downloaded your photos for reference. I'll need a CNR steam loco for interchange and this looks perfect. I'll even kitbash a few and letter them GER, with detail differences of course, so that I can have two classes of 2-8-0.

Cheers

Roger T.

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For more photos of the late GER see: - http://s94.photobucket.com/albums/l99/rogertra/Great_Eastern/

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