Chicago North Western nondynamic SD45 917 from a Kato Model
CNW 917 started out as a Kato SD45 that I cut the molded on dynamic brake section off of. From there,
I grafted two nondynamic SD40-2 hatches together to give me a long nondynamic section. Next, I removed the ends (wings)
from the cut off dynamic section, cut them to size and grafted them to the new nondynamic hatch. After a bunch of filling and
sanding, I moved on to other aspects of the loco. I then cut a notch into the nose for the CNW gong bell, and used strip styrene to fill
in the opening. I also at this time removed the rear footboards and front pilot and plugged the holes with styrene rod for the long grab iron on the
Next, I fitted a new Details West plow (with grabs added), a Details West speed recorder, drilled for Detail Associates MU hoses, added DA eyebolts for lift rings,
a Details West beacan casting. Detail Associates cut bars and brackets were added at this time. Also added were A-line grab irons.
Unit was abrasivized for paint adhesion and to prevent handrails from chipping, washed and dried. Shell was primed with Floquil primer, and everywhere that would be painted yellow was given a
shot of Scalecoat II white. After that, the areas that would be yellow were sprayed with Floquil CNW yellow that I tinted (1 bottle of Floquil CNW yellow with 10 drops of reefer orange and 4 drops of Soo Line red
gives a nicer look than straight CNW yellow). The model was masked and Model Master Japanese Imperial green green was sprayed. After demasking, the shell was given a shot of Testor's glosscoat for decaling.
Unit was decaled using a combination of decals from Microscale. MU hoses were added and brush painted. Unit was semiglossed with a mixture of Testor's glosscoat and dullcoat.
The underframe was painted with Floquil Engine Black. Fuel tank gauges and fillers were highlighted with Soo Line Red and semiglossed. Before reassembly, the wheelset faces (and couplers)
were painted with Poly Scale rust.
After the final clearcoating, everything was reassembled and tested and given a final look over.
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Last Updated 6/24/2007