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Some Model Photos of Atlas GP40's

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 Fred Ferrari, a Southern California model railroader who works as a conductor on the Union Pacific, models  D&RGW, Penn Central and Boston & Maine. He has modified an un-numbered factory painted Atlas Conrail GP40 purchased second-hand  by the Rio Grande in 1984. (Sorry Conrail modelers). The model was detailed with the new AT-304 air reservoir detail set and DP-305 fuel tank drain and vent pipes as well as other DW parts. See bottom of page for a list of detail parts that were added to improve the look of this pre-painted model. 

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The vertical plastic piece above the fuel tank was cut off on both sides. This is necessary so that the new air tanks from the AT-304 can be installed.  To fully use the air tank details the back side under the walkway needs to be opened up. File the top surface of the fuel tank smooth where the vertical plastic piece was removed. The back side of the air tanks were filed slightly flat enabling the air tank to be inset and even with the edge of the walkway. The fuel tank was later reattached to the chassis with double-backed sticky tape.  

 

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The three photos above and the two below show piping detail from the air tanks  to the filters.

 

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New DP-305 fuel tank drain and vent pipes shown.

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Additional Parts Added:

RA-274 Radio Antenna, Sinclair (Long Type)

AH-302 Air Hose, Locomotive Drop Elbow Type

SR-284 Speed Recorder W/Cable Line

FB-197 Fuel Tank Bracket

PL-155 Snow Plow, (Modified)

AF-139 Air Filter Set, 2nd Generation EMD & GE Hood Units

An example of Air Tank detailing on an Athearn SD40-2

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The air line pipe brackets were made from Evergreen strip .010" x .020" cut to length and ACC'd to the pipe.

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wpe39822.gif (370549 bytes) (Click photo to enlarge) This is the left side showing the new fuel tank vent pipe. It is one of the drain and vent pipes included in the DP-305 set.

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Now, how about a little nostalgia?.........check out this SD-7 Factory Painted Southern Pacific by Proto 2000

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Additional Parts Added:

HL-108 "Barrel" Signal Light, Bolted Face

BP-111 Breather Pipe, Fuel Tank Mount

AH-186 Air Horn, Nathan M-3 Three Chime

MU-265 MU Hose, 4 Cluster Type

AH-268 Air Hose, Loco W/Extension & Angle Cock

Two factory painted Athearn SD40-2 models Super Detailed courtesy of Glen Tortorella of West Virginia. (Click photo to enlarge)

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Additional Parts Added:

PL-206 Snow Plow

MU-266 MU Hoses 3 Cluster

AH-302 Air Hose, Locomotive Drop Type

AH-190 Air Horn Leslie RSL-3LR

HL-117 Headlight, Twin Sealed Beam

BE-127 Bell, Underframe Mount

AF-139 Air Filter Set

MU-220 MU Cable Detail

AT-304 Air Tank Detail Set

FF-312  Fuel Filler & Gauges

SR-284 Speed Recorder

DP-305 Drain Pipe Details

RA-157 "Firecracker" Antenna

SV-188 Cab Sun Visors

RA-275 Radio Antenna (Sinclair Short Type)

DL-228 Ditch Lights w/Lenses

Factory Painted Athearn KCS SD40-2 Super Detailed

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Additional Parts Added:

PL-130 Plow Pilot

AH-251 Air Horn K5 Low Profile

MU-266 MU Hoses 3 Cluster

AH-302 Air Hose, Locomotive Drop Elbow Type

AT-304 Air Tank Detail Set

DP-305 Drain Pipe Details

HL-138 "Pyle" Twin Gyralight (Nose)

BE-127 Bell, Underframe Mount 

HL-117 Headlight, Twin Sealed Beam

SR-284 Speed Recorder

SV-188 Cab Sun Visors

FF-312  Fuel Filler & Gauges

RA-157 "Firecracker" Antenna

RA-275 Radio Antenna (Sinclair Short Type)

AF-139 Air Filter Set

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