Monday, December 14, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: N Scale SD38-2

So, I have been wanting to custom paint some Chicago & Illinois Midland SD38-2s and Illinois Terminal SD39s.  I figured I would just use a Kato undecorated shell as it would be close enough for my purpose.  Both these models did not have dynamic brakes.  So, the Kato shells were ultra hard to find.

I came across this site the other day.  Big Dawg Originals has resin mold shells of an SD38-2 Non-Dynamic brake unit which would be perfect.  I purchased one to test.

Here are some photos I took of the unit.  It has some flashing to clean off.

I tested the shell on a Kato SD40-2 and it fit well with no binding of the motor.  I will purchase some Kato SD40-2 handrails and glass to complete the loco shell.

So far so good.  I think this project will be interesting and can't wait to see the completed locomotives.