Railflyer Model Prototypes Walkway Module Kit – 34″ Wheelbase Assembly

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My Railflyer 34″ Wheelbase frame assembled.

Well, I’ve finally reached a stage on the first of my two Railflyer walkway modules where there’s not much more I can do until the rest of my order arrives. It didn’t actually take that long, but I was working on my F unit as well. Plus getting time at the workbench is never terribly easy. Continue reading

Railflyer Model Prototypes Walkway Module Kit

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My Railflyer 43′ 6″ (SD) wheelbase walkway module still in its blister pack.

Since he was going to be in Massachusetts anyway for the ARS Railroad Hobby Show (see my previous post), Christopher Howard of Railflyer Model Prototypes was kind enough to bring the walkway modules I ordered from him. What you see above is essentially what you get when you order a frame and fuel tank bundle. This one has the 43’6″ wheelbase that is correct for the SD40-2, SD38-2 and a few others. I’ll be building it up as BN 6780. I also ordered a GP frame, but I haven’t made any definite plans on what I’ll do with it yet. Continue reading

Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 3

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A 3/4 view of the fireman’s side of #101 showing many of the details that have been added.

Well, I’ve finally caught up to my progress. These photo’s show what I’ve done as of Jan. 17, 2008. So far everything is going well and this model is really starting to look like the 1:1 #101. Continue reading

Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 2


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The engineers side of #101 has had the vertical ribbing installed in lieu of the standard Farr Air Grill.

After a long bout of little time and low motivation caused by the holidays, I’ve finally managed to get some work done on #101. I’ve done more than these photo’s show, but I don’t have any other photo’s on the computer yet, so this will have to do for now. Continue reading

Seattle & North Coast F7A #101: Update 1

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#101 on the left, and an unmodified Highliners shell, right.

I was able to sit down the other night and got a good deal of the necessary plastic components attached to the shell that will eventually be SNCT #101. This is what Highliners refers to as a Phase 1b F7A, which has a later style door and gasketed windshield. Continue reading

Proto:87 #10 Turnout Project

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My partially assembled P:87 #10 turnout.

I recently purchased a Switch Works #10 jig from the Proto:87 Stores as well as all the trappings to create a complete turnout. In one kit you get all the necessary pre-cut ties, photo-etch tie plates, stock rail (in numerous codes), pre-machined points and a planed rail style frog. The jig correctly positions the ties and tie-plates and the tie-plates have dummy spike heads to align the rails correctly. The frets that the tie plates come on have a bolt head pattern that can be used to make joint bars. I’ve got all the tie plates down on mine, which means it’s time to start laying rail. Continue reading

Seattle & North Coast F7A #101 in Proto:87

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SNCT F7A #101, July 27, 1984, Seattle, WA
Photograph by John C. Benson, Christopher Slemp Collection

One of my myriads of soon-to-be-started projects is a P:87 model of SNCT F7A #101. It’s one of a number of units I’ve long had my eye on and with a Highliners shell in my possession and Athearn soon to be releasing a chassis for de-skirted F’s, the time is ripe for this project.

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