Diesel Locomotive Modeling Techniques, Vol. One: SW1500

“I always feel that every model I build has a piece of my heart in it somewhere. This is not a how-to book but more of how I go about it book; full of the ideas and techniques I apply to my modern diesel models.”

Tony Sissons

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Diesel Surgery 101

Cutting into a model can be nerve wracking, especially if it’s your first time. The solution is to plan your cuts thoroughly and practice your technique on scrap, before committing to the actual model. In the end, it’s just plastic and mistakes can be fixed.

The Fan

A scratchbuilt fan and louvers along with an etched safety grille add to the “wow” factor of the loco.

Pilot Details

I think a scale coupler pocket makes a huge difference to any locomotive. There was a time when I didn’t do anything with the coupler pocket, but now replacing the original pockets is on my list of mandatory jobs.

A Few Details

Fishing line is perfect for the overflow tube as it flexes back to its original shape and place if bumped. My initial choice of 11lb breaking strain looked a bit heavy to my eyes, so I went with 6lbs breaking strain, with a diameter of 0.009” (0.23mm) that is more satisfying visually.

Painting and Weathering

From a model to a miniature locomotive.


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