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#1 bnsf1959

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 04:32 PM

As some of you know me from the Mophouse forum, Frank and I created BNSF Business train for MSTS a few years ago. See Below.......
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So, I made one in N scale after I purchased a scratch'n'dent F Units from Intermountain Railway for half price and 6 Model Power passenger cars off eBay for less than $40. Got the paint as close as I can get and microscale decals for BNSF Swoosh GP or SD loco will work.
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BNSF name on the dome car.
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Don't worry about the Santa Fe F unit laying on it's side. I already moved it up and sitting on track. Thanks for looking!

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:39 PM

It would be nice if the CEO at BNSF would take a hint from this Ken wink.gif

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:12 PM

Great stuff, Ken! I love how the IM sets run, and I have a dozen here (FTs, F7s and FP7s) - a bit hard to find the liveries needed, however (ATSF Cigar Band F7s and Clinchfield sets).

Cheers!
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:38 PM

QUOTE(Hack @ Jul 4 2012, 9:53 PM) View Post

Great stuff, Ken! I love how the IM sets run, and I have a dozen here (FTs, F7s and FP7s) - a bit hard to find the liveries needed, however (ATSF Cigar Band F7s and Clinchfield sets).

Cheers!
Marc



Thanks Marc. The only thing I don't like about IM is between the two loco is too far apart. sad.gif My Kato Santa Fe F units are much closer together than the IM shown here. Is there something I can bring them closer together like which coupler system? Do you have any ideas? Other than that, they run smooth and quiet. smile.gif

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:52 PM

Ken - you can create drawbars from brass or use Unimates. Here's a link to a thread on Trainboard on close coupling:

http://www.trainboar...ermountain-F7-s

Edit: Whoops! This one's for HO - eh - I do recall seeing the same applied to the n scale units, however.

I haven't got to mine yet - too many wheelsets needing replacement on my freight cars - but I plan on a coupler project in the future.

Cheers!
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:45 AM

Thanks Marc. I thought of something like that. In fact, I might have a few unimate couplers laying around somewhere........

Update; I have a few unimate couplers and already changed it on both units. It looks much better now! wink.gif
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

QUOTE(Hack @ Jul 4 2012, 9:53 PM) View Post

Great stuff, Ken! I love how the IM sets run, and I have a dozen here (FTs, F7s and FP7s) - a bit hard to find the liveries needed, however (ATSF Cigar Band F7s and Clinchfield sets).

Cheers!
Marc


I found the FT ATSF Cigar band here; http://blwnscale.com... ft diesels.htm

As for the Clinchfield, you might have to call and ask for a pair of scratch'n'dent F units for half price and paint it yourself. I looked on their website and I don't see any.
http://www.intermoun...nloco/nloco.htm

I got SP Black Widow F-7 A&B on order from BLW. I have a total of 8 Kato A&B units (all ATSF Red warbonnet, 4 F-3's and 4 F-7's) and 2 IMRC F units. I may have a few old Bachmann laying around in boxes somewhere but they no longer run anymore.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:07 PM

Hi Ken,

The Cigarband FTs are pretty common - I have four sets I've gotten off eBay over the years. It's the F7 version that has been eluding me (the Clinchfield set is just as hard to locate). I have a CRR F7 B, but I always have an eye peeled for the cabbed unit. I also have a few SP F7s and an FP7 that I hope to super-detail one of these days. With all this fuss, I probably should have stuck with Kato.

Cheers!
Marc