Kansas City Southern SD40-2 683 from a Kato Model
finished model




construction shots


This model started off as a Kato SD40-2 snoot that I stripped and reworked into KCS SD40-2 683.
Fans were cut out and replaced with Cannon and Company photoetched fans,the stock Kato snoot nose was replaced with a correct Cannon and Company 123 inch snoot nose. The front anticlimber and handrails came from a Pacific Fast Mail anticlimber kit and a Cannon and Company anticlimber kit. The horn was replaced, T-vent replaced, cab vent added, antennas added, sunshades added, lift rings added, ditchlights were drilled out and the frame was modified for operating ditchlights, pilot faces were razed and redetailed with KCS rock plows, new MU hoses and coupler cut bars. A-Line grab irons replaced the stock Kato grab irons. A speed recorder was also added. The handrails are Kato SD38-2 handrails, which are thinner than the stock Kato SD40-2 handrails.
Model was painted with Floquil primer and engine black. The white is Scalecoat II. The decals are Microscale, including the striping for the handrails. Unit was clearcoated with Testor's dullcoat and glosscoat products, weathered lightly and sealed. Internally, a Train Control Systems A6X decoder was wired up and installed. Unit was reassembled and Kadee #58 scale couplers were added.

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Last Updated 7/29/2006