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« on: January 07, 2011, 11:33:06 PM »

My 1/24th scale, narrow gauge RS-3 kitbash is finally finished! It's been well over three months since I started it. Here's what it looked like before I started -- a stock, Aristocraft RS-3:
 

 
 
And this is what it looks like now:
 

 

 

 
 

Here's a YouTube video showing it in action on my In-ko-pah Railroad:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJvAk3onISY

 
 
And here are some more photos:
 

 

 

 

 

 
In addition to changing its appearance, I also installed an Aristocraft "Revolution" r/c receiver, a Phoenix PB9 sound board, and custom headlights.
 
This project took a LOT longer than I'd expected but it was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot along the way. Now that's it's finished I feel much more confidant about my modeling abilities.
 
There are a couple things I should have done differently. For instance, I didn't realize until too late, that the headlights are only slightly higher than the top of the handrails. I should have made the hood a little taller, and maybe made the handrails a wee bit shorter. Also, the weathering was originally intended to be a bit more subtle, but I had trouble achieving a "slightly dusty/sooty" look using thin washes of acrylic paints. An airbrush would have been more effective. But the final, heavier weathering was easier to achieve, and turned out reasonably well.
 
Many, many thanks to the folks on various forums who offered advice and tips, especially when it came to the electronics -- an area where I am typically in over my head.
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 02:47:37 AM »


     Ray,

     looks very good.
     It was nice to follow your succesful efforts.  Maybe a little more dust and/or fading on the horizontal surfaces, most probably the sun will help you there.
     
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 03:17:14 AM »

Looks exactly the same as it did when you started.

Well, maybe a little better.

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011, 09:19:25 AM »

Looks like the real thing to me! Bravo Ray!

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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2011, 09:24:36 AM »

Hmm ... looks like ya lost a coupler ...  Cool

Real nice job on transforming the proportions of the loco and adding a load of detail.  Weathering seems quite suitable too and shows up nicely in the sunlit photos.

Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 10:24:17 AM »

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This project took a LOT longer than I'd expected but it was a lot of fun, 
There are a couple things I should have done differently.

Ray,
Those are the very things that make it all worth while, it takes longer because you immerse yourself in the project and along the way discover your having fun doing so.  There are ALWAYS things we think we should have done differently,
no matter how expierenced we become.

The loco looks great, nice job of resizing and very convincing finishes.  But please fill that hole in the pilot Wink Cheesy.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2011, 01:06:35 PM »

Thanks! Correct Kadee couplers are on order -- I had tried modifying some that were on hand, but it didn't work out. Until I get the right ones, I'm using the stock AC coupler on the rear. It's huge but it still mates with the Kadees on my rolling stock.




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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2011, 06:01:36 PM »

Wow! Very nice job Ray!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2011, 09:05:29 AM »

Alright! Looks like a fine addition to the railroad.
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2011, 10:20:00 AM »

I missed these "finished" shots until just now....
Beautiful job, Ray!  The pictures of the RS-3 in its natural habitat are superb.
May you get many hours of enjoyment out of this great addition to the railroad. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2011, 01:13:43 PM »

that's just beautiful
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