New projects - basic bodies

CBQ's  'Silver King'

Cab-unit of DRGW's 'Prospector'


Upcoming new projects in 1/29

After finishing CBQ's 'General Pershing Zephyr' I'll go on transforming streamliner coaches into shovelnoses.

CBQ  #9906A 'Silver King' and 9906B 'Silver Queen'

#9906A & B

DRGW's short-lived early M-1 'Prospector' by Budd
Rio Grande 'Prospector'

Units will be powered using modified Aristo-Craft's AAR B-trucks.


General Pershing Zephyr - train set completed

Finally CBQ's 'General Pershing Zephyr' was completed. The power unit and coaches were assembled, modified, got interior, were painted & decaled:
- Silver Charger (power unit, 1000hp)
- Silver Leaf (88ft 8" coach, 72 seats)
- Silver Eagle (78ft 8" coach, 52 seats)
- Silver Star (88ft 7" observation, 22 seat parlor, dining car)

and a pictures' bigger version of the train


CBQ 'General Pershing Zephyr' - Silver Charger & Silver Star

Finally re-decaled GPZ's #9908 ('Silver Charger')

and finished the diner-lounge observation 'Silver Star'


#9908 - painted & temporary assembled

Current decals are rather poor (on one side only) and will be replaced by sharper ones


#9908 - pilot attached

It took three evenings to build the pilot from brass. First a mock-up was made from cardboard to determine the shape of the base, the correct angle and the compound-curved sides.
Then these patterns were used to cut the brass sheets. Soldering was done with silver-solder.
Finally some cutting and filing to adapt the curved transition from the side-sills / anti-climber to the pilot.


CBQ #9908 - now riding on trucks

#9908 received its trucks - the six-wheeled front truck was donored by an USA.Trains SD40-2, the rear is a powered (in contrast to the prototype) Aristo-Craft FB-truck.

The front truck will be modified to resemble the Blomberg-design


CBQ #9908: progress on shell

Some progress on #9908's shell:


UP M-23: paint job on trailer finished

Finally the trailer got his paint - still missing the lettering

After Application of deals the body will receive a matte or semi gloss coat


CBQ #9908 - progress on shovelnose

The shovelnose is now roughly finished - all windows and the air-inlet above cut out. Also the combination of the frontlight and the later added warning/emergency light in an add-on housing are attached.


GM&O #1900

Some further progress on painting the unit - addtionally I enlarged the inner diameter of the portholes

For the photos I temporary put masking tape as sunshades its holders - after final varnish I'll look for thin tissue.


#9908 - cab's front substructure

Two horizontal and one vertical formers with an 0.040" styrene overlay make the substructure of the cab. After building a similar construction for the raised roof of the engine room these areas will be covered with glass-fiber & resin.

and a few days later

GM&O #1900 - further painting

First look after application of the light black on roof and front & rear pilots. Some corrections on the  border lines betwen red and black will have to be done.

CB&Q #9908 'Silver Charger'

Since I've developed an affection for CB&Q's fluted stainless  steel locomotives I decided to tackle #9908 'Silver Charger' the locmotive of 'General Pershing Zephyr'.

I use an USA-Train streamliner (a diner) for the shell. Trucks will be either a poered front truck only (like the prototype) probably using an USA-Trains' SD-40-truck and turning the side frames into 'Blomberg'-look-a-likes. Since the train with #9908 will only consist of three cars or so this might be sufficient. It may also be a solution to get more powr using an Aristo-FA-truck for the rear...however, thia would depend on the speed's matching of the two types.

Shortened, the windows filled and resting on tweo FA-trucks - it'll be a long way to resemble the beautiful #9908....