On November 19, 2007 I wrote this post about the model of SNCT #101 that I was just starting to build. Almost seven(!) years later it’s finally done. Granted, most of that time I wasn’t working on it. I got distracted by other projects and life in general, but still, there’s probably at least a good year or two worth of regular work sessions in this model and for the most part I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Built to P:87 specs, #101 has full underbody detailing, scale couplers from Sergent Engineering, LED forward and reverse lights as well as a rotating beacon, a LokSound Select decoder that’s fully programmed and a surprisingly decent speaker. It’s only been run back and forth on a test track, but it doesn’t seem to have any major issue’s.
I’m less than thrilled with the paint job… I ran into a few issue’s with my airbrush when I was painting it but overall I think it’s fine. The decals could also be improved upon. I used the old Herald King set, which wasn’t designed for a correctly contoured bulldog nose. I did my best though and I think they look ok.
I have almost everything I need to built 101’s sister units 102 and 103. I’ve got a lot going on right now, but hopefully it won’t be seven more years before they’re done as well. Ultimately I hope to build the entire 6 unit SNCT fleet as well as a good deal of their boxcars and MOW equipment.