Missouri Pacific SD40-2 3227 from a Kato SD40-2 Model
finished model




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Mopac SD40-2 3227 from a Kato SD40-2 model.

This model started out as a stripped Kato SD40-2 snoot. The fans were drilled out and replaced with Cannon and Company fans. I replaced the stock Kato nose with a Cannon and Company 88 inch nose kit with brake wheel. Pilot faces were drilled out for MU hoses and a plow was fitted. Eyebolts were added, a firecracker antenna was added. I used Kato SD38-2 handrails because they are thinner than the stock Kato SD40-2 handrails. The handrail ends were modified to get rid of the drop step and walkway chain per Mopac practice.

The mechanism was disassembled, and the fuel tank was modified so the air tanks were set further forward. The rear fuel fillers were added then. The frame was then ground down to accept the modified tank. Besides the stock Kato detail parts, one sideframe also got a Details West speed recorder. Also, the mechanism was modified and hard wired for improved reliability.

Everything was abrasivized and washed with hot soapy water and then dried. The unit was primed with Floquil Primer. A mix of Jenks blue was made from approximately half Floquil light blue and half Floquil dark blue. The model was then masked again and the grilles were darkened in with floquil grimy black. Decals are Microscale. Unit was semi glossed with half Testor's dullcoat and half Testor's glosscoat mixed with lacquer thinner. Once the decals were sealed, the unit was weathered with a combination of thinned grimy black, dust engine black and dullcoat paints. The windows were installed and wheelsets replaced and the unit reassembled and tested.

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Last Updated 2/24/2006