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I'm very late joining the fray here (as usual). I've had some computer issues so I've not been able to post here, but in November I had set myself my own challenge, which involved getting a long overdue project underway and finished of a Proto2000 GP9, which I wanted to strip, detail, and paint as a Southern Pacifici kodachrome GP9 .

So I started off by taking off the shell, and while still painted I removed the bits I didn't need, such as the rain gutter above the cab window, the vents on the battery box and a modification to the sill. I also cut of the original light castings.

[Image: 31230056184_8dcc35978c_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

After I removed the bits that I didn't need, I stripped the shell and started adding the new parts. I also added the sander doors in both noses, scratch build from Cannon&Co long hood doors, cut to size. This gave me a nice latch detail.

[Image: 32071446255_6ed6139afb_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

After all parts were fitted, time for Tamiya primer grey.

[Image: 32071445125_bfe7db76bd_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

Then I used Vallejo Model Air yellow to airbrush the yellow.

[Image: 31230056864_261c6db9ec_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

Then Masking the areas to remain yellow, and airbrush on the red, followed by another mask and then the black.

[Image: 31923134822_2a40c89338_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

[Image: 31696390740_7e5f91017c_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

After this, it's time for decals.
Decals R Us.

The prototype image is visible in the background.


[Image: 31696390280_11c1e5307c_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

After that it was time for the technical bits. Adding fiberoptics to do the headlights. I used aluminium tubes which give the Details West castings additional strength to 'stick to', and inserted fiberoptic strands. These were lit from behind with SMD leds.

[Image: 31230077914_eb665d6a65_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

Heating up the fiber quickly to create a lens..

[Image: 31696391320_30d854d6ff_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

Then insert them into the tubes.

[Image: 31261022053_df6478f972_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

After that I installed the Leds, a Loksound decoder and sugarcube speaker.

[Image: 31953630881_392a5596a4_c.jpg]GP9R Kodachrome build by Koos, on Flickr

Then installed all windows, mated it to the shell, and installed the handrails.

All I'm missing are the detail parts for the wind deflectors, but they're in the post to me.

[Image: 31274162683_c50f0d4554_c.jpg]Gp9R 3784 Kodachrome final by Koos, on Flickr

[Image: 32084419515_185ed5d9d9_c.jpg]Gp9R 3784 Kodachrome final by Koos, on Flickr

After this will be weathering..

Koos
Mirrors have arrived, so these got fitted.

Also replaced the brass wire antenna with a hair of a paintbrush, a bit thinner and won't hurt me when accidentally lifting this model of the layout at the wrong place...

[Image: 31350912063_7256074c2d_c.jpg]Gp9R mirror by Koos, on Flickr

Weathering to follow...

Below is one of the prototype pictures by Tony Johnson, which I used as a reference for my model.

[Image: 32161077385_2d47fe77fd_c.jpg]sp003784_tony_johnson by Koos, on Flickr

Koos
A great model and a nice series of photos illustrating the steps Thumbsup
Looks really well done . Applause
Nicely done, Koos. Thumbsup Thumbsup I'm pretty sure that Espee modellers were responsible for the formation of both Detail Associates and Details West.

Wayne
Cheers Applause Thumbsup
I've now also added the armrests , and started some weathering.

I couldn't help putting it on the layout to have a look how she looks in service :-)

[Image: 32020300442_8528e9ec53_c.jpg]Switching at Mendo. by Koos, on Flickr
doctorwayne Wrote:Nicely done, Koos. Thumbsup Thumbsup I'm pretty sure that Espee modellers were responsible for the formation of both Detail Associates and Details West.

Wayne

I think that might be true, and the same goes for Cannon&Co. Both the late Gordon Cannon, and current owner David Hussey like their SP. :-)

Koos