PRR #4663 - update on shell

The body was shortened by an inch after finding the correct dimensions in a floor plan. Openings for baggage doors and windows were cut. Fornt truck will not be shifted - its positions fits quite well to the places of side windows and door on engineer's side.

Original McKeen with basic trucks

Basic truck constructions were attached to the shell

Motorized rear truck is from an USA Trains GE 44t; front truck consists of a Bachmann steam tender loco's front axle (spoked, with bigger diameter) and a Bachmann wooden coach's axle. Both front and rear trucks' side frames has to be modified.


Original McKeen's shell

A few pictures of the shell of the unmodified McKeen car with knife-nose


Update PRR #4663

Now with some rework of the shell and roof and basic construction of the pilot


Paint job on UP's M-23

Motor car #23 received its paint - however, there are some touch-ups necessary (headlight, marker lights etc.) and decals for lettering have to be made / found.


PRR's #4663 streamlined motor car - basic body and roof

As posted earlier here are some pictures of the shell's & roof's basic assembly

The trucks are positioned for 'lifting' the body only - the front truck has to lowered into the shell, the rear truck has to be shortened significantly.
window and baggage door arrangement will be modified according to prototype scheme.


M-23 motor car: rivets applied

M-23 now has all the necessary rivets applied using Archer rivet decals. Sometimes I had to guess the shape of the rivet lines since the photos are not clear enough to show such details. Additionally I noticed that even Overland's M-24 has left out some rivets (roof's segmentation of the rear round end).


PRR's rebuilt/streamlined motor car #4663 in 1/29

I just have started with a basic body assembly for building PRR's motor car #4663, a shop-rebuilt Pullman-Westinghouse. It was streamlined (shovel-nosed) and rebuilt to diesel-electric by PRR's shops.
I use a Aristo doodlebug body; body and roof lengths are extended with Aristo HW left-over parts from the McKeen-projects.
Front truck will be from a USA Trains NW-2 (similar to the M-23), the rear truck a shortened Aristo HW-truck.
The shovel-nose will be made with styrene sub-construction and styrene lay-over panel (similar to the McKeen noses).
Pictures will follow as soon as some progress is worth to show.