Thanks to Grant Eastman, I was able to pick up one of the CPR SD40-2F kits made by Kaslo shops for Southern Alberta Rail. The first mods I did were to remove the cast on coupler pads using a milling type bit in a drill press:
By removing the resin coupler pads, I can use the coupler mounts on the Kato SD40-2 drive. At this time I also bent and installed the photo etched steps, and cleaned up some flash from the casings. I then took some DA coupler lift bars, cut them into 3 pieces, and threaded them into the holes I drilled in the lift bar mounts. The DA parts are more 3 dimensional than the stock Kaslo etched lift bars.
Plow is also mounted, and I'm currently working on the ditch lights. Here's the body:
I've ordered some new fans and some other parts, my plan is to paint it up as the 9024 circa 1995, when I shot it pulling into the Field BC yard:
That's a really cool model! I'm a CN guy, but I've always wanted to build one of those and I've had my eyes open for a while. I'll be following this post for sure.
Just an aside on the history: The HR616 (BBD), SD40-2F, SD50F, SD60F (GMDD) and the Dash 8-40CM (GE) were the only Draper Taper's ever built. For most of the 1980's the only six axle road units designed in Canada were full carbody units. Too bad they didn't last because of the visability issues!
Modeling CN's Gaspé operations within the Atlantic Region in the late 1970's to early 1980's.
Long live the 251!
So I did a bit more work on the barn, not a lot due to ongoing renos in my house. I'm attempting to make a Railflyer fuel tank work on the Kato frame, it might fit but I'm concerned about the amount of metal that needs to be removed to make this tank fit. The plastic used for this tank is really hard stuff, here's a shot of it after I milled out a section of the top plate:
And I mounted some ditch lights to the pilot:
Ditch lights are from a Kaslo CN Dash 9 detail set, and will be lit with SMD LED's. The coupler buffer plate above the pocket was carved off of the coupler boxes that came with the kit. The plow is wrong for the model, so I will have to replace it. Good news is I dug out my copy of the July 1998 issue of Model Railroader, which has HO scale sized drawings of the SD40-2F! -Trevor