Seattle North Coast F7A #101 – Completed

SNCT F7A #101 is finally done!

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.

6 Replies to “Seattle North Coast F7A #101 – Completed”

  1. Great job!!! You got me into modeling the S&NC.I have done a couple box cars and been able to pick up an F unit off ebay. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks, those Athearn F’s are pretty nice. Good luck with your modeling.

    1. Hi Thomas,

      Thanks! I believe I used Tamiya Dark Green and Black for the SNCT colors and Modelflex BN Green for the part where the grill is missing. I might be slightly off on that correct shade of Tamiya Green though. I believe I matched it to Scalecoat New Haven Green which is pretty close to what the SNCT used.

      For any future units I complete I’ll probably use Tamiya again unless I can find a good SNCT green from Tru Color.

      – Chris

      1. Thanks for the reply Chris. Great job. I will be using a Stewart/Kato Chassis and Highliner shell for my #101. Thanks for the photos, parts list and info you provided, it helps greatly, even for old retired farts like me.

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