Chicago North Western GP7 4187 from a Proto 2000 Model


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CNW 4187 started out as a stripped Proto 2000 GP7.

This is a former Rock Island unit that went through a capital rebuild before it came to the CNW after the shut down of the Rock Island.

To model the unit, I started by fabricating roof access panels from styrene. Using a combination of brass wire, scrap photoetched material and styrene, I fabricated the open spark arrestors. I replaced the stock plastic grab irons with Tichy brass grabs. A new Details West horn was added along with an antenna and beacon to the cab roof. Eyebolts were added.

The skirting on the frame was cut to match photos, and the detail from the pilot faces were razed. New skid plates were fabricated from styrene, a plow was fitted, cut bars were added and new MU hose holes were drilled. The fuel tank had the seam filled and sanded flush. The sideframes were replaced with Athearn Blomberg B sideframes, a speed recorder was added.

The unit went through an abrasive blasting to etch all surfaces for maximum paint adhesion and prepped for painting.

For painting, the unit was primed with Floquil, oversprayed with Scalecoat II white, then Floquil CNW yellow that had several drops of orange and Soo Line red added, Model Master Japanese Imperial Green was used for the body. Finally Floquil engine black was used for the mechanism.

The decals are Microscale and the entire unit was semiglossed with half Testor's glosscoat and half Testor's dullcoat thinned with lacquer thinner.

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Last Updated 3/12/2008