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Date: 11/05/12 20:43
Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

Tonight I would like to share my custom HO scale Atlas factory painted CSX predecessor painted L&N U23B's and Family Lines painted B23-7's. I custom numbered all four GE's using Microscale decals. I also used some Herald King L&N decals for the numbers in the numberboards.

I made some modifications to the models such as blanking out the top front headlights and adding some Details West air horns. They closely resemble how the real CSX GE's looked back in the early CSX years, but as with almost all my models, they are not 100% accurate.

My models may not please everyone but I build my models to my standards and not others. Constructive critism is welcome. We modelers always have room for improvement at times. I rewrote this last paragraph since my original version sounds a bit harsh. Hope this helps Bruce my buddy! Hope you enjoy, Gilbert.

First three are of my pair of former L&N U23B's...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/06/12 08:04 by GP35.








Date: 11/05/12 20:44
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

some more of the U23B's...








Date: 11/05/12 20:45
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

onto my pair of B23-7's...








Date: 11/05/12 20:46
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

some more of the B23-7's...








Date: 11/05/12 20:47
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

Last three. Hope you enjoyed, Gilbert.








Date: 11/05/12 21:08
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP30Frank

From an old L&N person, like me, those are nicely done.



Date: 11/05/12 22:27
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: NorfolkSouthern_37

These are just the best! nice work.

Justin Cornell
Brooksville, FL
JointedRail Productions



Date: 11/05/12 23:59
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: Fizzboy7

Just the right amount of weathering. Excellent work!



Date: 11/06/12 03:01
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: funnelfan

You have great models, but do you ever run them? Would love to see some photos of these on a layout.

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 11/06/12 05:36
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: brfriedm

Gilbert,

I am not sure why you got so upset by stating the following. "if you are not happy with my standards for making models, just get your own and make them to your standards."

Yea so a couple of people constructively pointed out how you can improve these nice models even more. I know you just want praise only but this is a public forum and it is called the Internet. So you will get praise and sometimes constructive criticism and in your case, a few recommendations. Also another recommendation is build a diorama and shoot these in a more realistic setting like track with scenery.

Bruce



Date: 11/06/12 07:19
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

No Bruce, I am not getting upset. I just want to point out I make my models to my standards and not others. I just like sharing my talent here just like other modelers do too. Trainorders would not be a great site if it were not for contributors like myself.



Date: 11/06/12 07:24
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

My models are built to be durable when running on a train layout. That means just enough detailing but not overdoing it. I leave very fragile details off that could be easily broken. For now, I do not run trains. I love making models now rather than the operations part of model railroading.



Date: 11/06/12 07:55
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: filldiesel76

I love your weathering, very smooth and like said before on the right amount!

If you are not operating your locos that much, you could put Kadee 53 on them and cut out the tail of it, they would look perfect!

Congrats for your work!


Fillipe



Date: 11/06/12 07:59
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: RFandPFan

GP35 Wrote:
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> My models are built to be durable when running on
> a train layout. That means just enough detailing
> but not overdoing it. I leave very fragile details
> off that could be easily broken. For now, I do not
> run trains. I love making models now rather than
> the operations part of model railroading.

I can appreciate your comments here. This hobby falls into all different categories and there is room for all of them. Some folks like to run trains right out of the box, some like to super-detail down to the last rivet. I can appreciate the detailed folks that buy a model then cut it all apart and rebuild and repaint it to exact details. I admire the hard work that goes into this and I enjoy seeing them at RPM meets. However, I fall somewhere in between. I like to add some details and weathering to the point that it looks more realistic but still runs on a layout without me having to worry about tiny detail parts falling off. I also believe in modifying those things that are obvious, for example, if the headlight is in the wrong place, or the exhaust stack or horn is the wrong one, then I change it. If there are 4 louvers on a hatch instead to 5 as on the prototype, I can look past that without losing sleep!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/06/12 08:07 by RFandPFan.








Date: 11/06/12 08:16
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: GP35

Very impressive locomotive facility and realistic looking models! Some day down the road perhaps I can build something similar to your masterpiece! Thanks for sharing, Gilbert.



Date: 11/06/12 08:54
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: RFandPFan

Thanks, its a club layout, so I can't take credit for that. We have a great time with it and a great bunch of members.



Date: 11/06/12 09:03
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: TCnR

Great photos, great models. Thanks for posting. It's interesting to see some of the older schemes outside of the Western roads as well.

I know what you're saying, I don't go beyond is it a metric or SAE rivet but it's important how many there should be. Either way it's a hobby, be happy.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/06/12 09:04 by TCnR.



Date: 11/06/12 13:30
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: VirginiaMidlandRR

Good stuff the last couple of weeks Gilbert. Can you tell me what you use to weather your trucks and fuel tanks on you locomotives? Maybe even elaborate on the weathering of the trucks themselves.

Thanks!



Date: 11/06/12 17:18
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: alco539

GP35, You're models are KICK ASS.!!!
It's really cool that your modeling the early CSX era, it's really neat to see "patched" units of a different era and the mix-n'-match consists you can create will look really good.
By the way you've posted a lot of GE units on here recently, you got any patched up EMD's, if so I'd like to see em'.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.!!,
SEAN



Date: 11/06/12 19:00
Re: Atlas L&N U23B's and Family Lines B23-7's
Author: HB90MACH

Anybody make a BQ cab to fit on the B23 shell?



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