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Date: 07/17/07 12:07
GE C39-8
Author: schmo

I plan to model one of these beasts using the Rail Power Products shell atop an existing chassis. Will do it in NS paint.

Do you happen to know what chassis this RPP body would best fit on? My guess is either an Atlas U30C, C30-7, or C40-8, but I may be wrong. Of course, it'd be real nice if the trucks, fuel tank, etc., were as close to prototypically accurate as possible, too. Photo link below.





Appreciate any info you can supply!

--Steve Schmollinger



Date: 07/17/07 12:34
Re: GE C39-8
Author: TopcoatSmith

Wasn't that one that Eddie did a long while back ?
Somebody's gotta have pictures somewhar


TCS - c-30 says i



Date: 07/17/07 12:38
Re: GE C39-8
Author: ns6669sd60

Mine is set on an Atlas C30-7 frame. The weights inside were milled down a bit and a C32-8 shell was used beacuse I thought it looked close enough. If you wish to contact me offline I can send some pictures of the way the frame is set up now.

Mike



Date: 07/17/07 12:39
Re: GE C39-8
Author: brfriedm

Here's an Overland NS C39-8 I bought as an undec last year. I painted it myself. Pictures show it running on my layout running long hood forward.

Bruce








Date: 07/17/07 12:55
Re: GE C39-8
Author: dh30973

Find a copy of the August and September 1993 issues of Railroad Model Craftsman for Ed Ryan's article on how to build one of these. Or actually any version.

Dave Hussey



Date: 07/17/07 12:57
Re: GE C39-8
Author: schmo

dh30973 Wrote:
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> Find a copy of the August and September 1993
> issues of Railroad Model Craftsman for Ed Ryan's
> article on how to build one of these. Or actually
> any version.
>
> Dave Hussey

Dave,

Any thoughts where I might pick up one of these back issues?

--Steve



Date: 07/17/07 13:08
Re: GE C39-8
Author: dh30973

schmo Wrote:
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> dh30973 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Find a copy of the August and September 1993
> > issues of Railroad Model Craftsman for Ed
> Ryan's
> > article on how to build one of these. Or
> actually
> > any version.
> >
> > Dave Hussey
>
> Dave,
>
> Any thoughts where I might pick up one of these
> back issues?
>
> --Steve

Try contacting Carstens first.

Dave



Date: 07/17/07 15:11
Re: GE C39-8
Author: BN_FAN

This should work:

http://www.carstens-publications.com/backiss/rm_bckis.html

Doug Stark


dh30973 Wrote:
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>
> Try contacting Carstens first.
>
> Dave



Date: 07/17/07 15:47
Re: GE C39-8
Author: Betsy

schmo Wrote:
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> dh30973 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Find a copy of the August and September 1993
> > issues of Railroad Model Craftsman for Ed
> Ryan's
> > article on how to build one of these. Or
> actually
> > any version.
> >
> > Dave Hussey
>
> Dave,
>
> Any thoughts where I might pick up one of these
> back issues?
>
> --Steve

www.railpub.com



Date: 07/17/07 16:41
Re: GE C39-8
Author: schmo

Betsy Wrote:
>
> www.railpub.com

Thanx Betsy!



Date: 07/18/07 15:11
Re: GE C39-8
Author: fbe

The RPP shells were designed to be Athearn powered so using an Athearn U28/30/33C chassis involves the least grinding and fitting. The Atlas chassis will require more fitting work but should run smoother. One issue will be to apply the proper truck sideframes to the model you are building. The Athearn drivetrain offers one choice but Atlas gives three varieties to choose from. You may have to purchase the proper parts from Atlas to switch with the ones which come with the chassis you purchase for your shell. This should be a pretty interesting project to do, though.

Here is a shot for inspiration. I might be able to dig up a more formal roster shot of the 8612 if you like.

http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,1246840,1248247#msg-1248247



Date: 07/18/07 17:09
Re: GE C39-8
Author: NSTopHat

Schmo:

I would start with an Atlas Dash 8 and then use the C30-7 side frames as appropriate. Buy an extra pair of C30-7 fuel tanks, in order to minimize that work. Below is my response to a similar thread from March 9, 2007. I'd use Ed Ryan article as a starting point for the shell, but beware that there are four phases to the NS version of the C39-8.

"Overland has done several runs of both NS & CR in the past. Good luck finding them on ebay. There was a small resin company in Canada that threatened to do them a year or so back, but that never materialized, that I know of. They also threatened coil cars, green coats, modern EMD F units and the like. And this company is not related to Kaslo Shops either.

Your best bet is to look at what Ed Ryan did in RMC years ago with a RPP shell, combined with either Conrail 1986-1991 or Norfolk Southern 1982-1994, both by Withers Publications. There are also two variations of the RPP C32-8 shell as well, and early version with flush mount radiator intakes and the later version with them raised. Keep in mind that there are 5 variations of C39-8's, not including the original demo unit, which is still floating around with a Dash 9 radiator wing.

CR had one order and NS had four. All five orders are different from each other. This does not include the NS C39-8E's #8664-8688. A brief synopsis is shown below:

CR #6000-6021 - 2 DB intakes, flush mount radiator intakes, 4,500 gal.,
brake wheel, front anti-climber.
NS #8550-8551 - 2 DB intakes, raised rad. intakes, 3,900 gal. SHF, brake rachet, one control stand.
NS #8552-8563 - 2 DB intakes, raised rad. intakes, 3,900 gal. LHF, brake rachet, bi-directional control stands.
NS #8564-8613 - 3 DB intakes, raised rad. intakes, 4,400 gal. LHF, brake wheel, bi-directional control stands.
NS #8614-8663, - 3 DB intakes, flush mount rad. intakes, 4,400 gal.
LHF, brake wheel, bi-directional control stands.

Since the CR's and the last NS C39's were built at the same time, the radiator intakes appear to be the same in layout. There are other minor differences in the X panels on the carbodies and a few other little goodies to be aware of."

Hope this helps.

NSTopHat



Date: 07/18/07 22:20
Re: GE C39-8
Author: jackpot

brfriedm Wrote:
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> Here's an Overland NS C39-8 I bought as an undec
> last year. I painted it myself. Pictures show it
> running on my layout running long hood forward.
>
> Bruce


That looks almost as good as plastic!



Date: 07/18/07 22:44
Re: GE C39-8
Author: tracktime

jackpot Wrote:
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> brfriedm Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Here's an Overland NS C39-8 I bought as an
> undec
> > last year. I painted it myself. Pictures show
> it
> > running on my layout running long hood forward.
> >
> > Bruce
>
>
> That looks almost as good as plastic!

LOL!
Truth be told, I've got one or two of those hidden away somewhere..



Date: 07/19/07 04:20
Re: GE C39-8
Author: brfriedm

Ok Jack Pot,

Show me some pictures of your sweet plastic NS C39-8 you built. Looking forward to it. Thanks.

Bruce

jackpot Wrote:
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> brfriedm Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Here's an Overland NS C39-8 I bought as an
> undec
> > last year. I painted it myself. Pictures show
> it
> > running on my layout running long hood forward.
> >
> > Bruce
>
>
> That looks almost as good as plastic!



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