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Date: 09/02/19 20:21
HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: jburek

Need a very thin headlight lens for Athearn F7 units.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.
JB



Date: 09/02/19 20:38
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: fbe

Walthers has a Diesel Dress Up Kit for F7, F9 units. Number 933-822 about $6. Includes all windows, lights and rails.

You might check Details West and Detail Associates.



Date: 09/02/19 21:24
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: wabash2800

I assume you are referring to the original Athearn F7s  and not the Genesis ones?

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com



Date: 09/02/19 21:34
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: jburek

These are orignal Athearn F7's.  Making the headlights twin sealed beam & need thin clear plastic to fit just inside the headlight housing and cover the 1.5 volt bulbs.  Lenses included in the Walthers detail kit are too thick - won't fit correctly.



Date: 09/02/19 22:12
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: fbe

Details West DS-309 doesn't have headlights or windows but does have 28 other parts.



Date: 09/02/19 23:11
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: wabash2800

Why don't use an MV products lense and drill two holes from behind to get the twin sealed beam effect? It seems at one time that Walthers had a conversion chart in  on MV lenses and what they fit. Maybe it can be found elsewhere.

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com



Date: 09/03/19 05:15
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: PHall

I used a paper punch to punch out some lenses from .0005 clear styrene for my Blue Box Athearn F's.
Worked pretty good.



Date: 09/03/19 05:32
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: jburek

That sounds like it might work - did you have to file them some to get a good fit?



Date: 09/03/19 06:23
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: tomstp

It will work just fine.  Used a punch for years to put in steam engine headlights.  A leather punch will work just fine and you can get them in different dimensions.



Date: 09/03/19 06:46
Re: HO Scale F unit Headlight lens
Author: fbe

A tapered reamer can be used to open up the Athearn headlight opening a bit to match the punched lens if needed.



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