Soo Line SD40-2 788 from a Kato SD40-2 Model
finished model




construction shots




Soo Line red/white hockeystick SD40-2 775 from a reworked Kato SD40-2 model.

Model started out as a Kato SD40-2. The shell had the nose and fans removed.

From there, Cannon and Company fans and a new 81 inch nose were fitted. A new plow was added on the front, holes were drilled for Detail Associates MU hoses. A Detail Associates winterization hatch was cut down and added. DA eyebolts, A Line grab irons and a rear fan grab were also added. A new Details West horn was added, along with precision scale beacon and a Detials West firecracker antenna. Speed recorders from Details West were added.

The fuel tank was shortened per the prototype, and new fuel tank fittings were added. Also, the frame was modified for the new fuel tank, and the mechanism was hard wired for reliability. The frame was also modified for operating ditchlights.

Everything was abrasivized and washed with hot soapy water and then dried. The unit was primed with Floquil Primer. Then Scalecoat II Reefer White was sprayed. After masking Floquil Soo Line red was sprayed, then masked again, and Floquil engine black was sprayed. 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, assembled with a Train Control Systems A6X decoder and tested.

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Last Updated 7/29/2006