I am detailing an Atlas Ph2 FP7 to match photos I have of Milwaukee
104A,C-105A,C. These 4 engines appear to be equipped with the EMD
'passenger' style pilot. I know of the cast metal one from either
Detail Associates or Details West, but after looking at one in a hobby
shop last Sunday, I did not feel it was worth the $10.50 price. I seem
to remember someone had a white plastic passenger pilot available a
Looking through a Walthers 2004 catalog, I see a Cal-Scale passenger
pilot for $11.25, and a Detail Associates passenger pilot for 5.95. Are
either of these the 'plastic' set I seem to remember?
Also, is it possible to get a Highliners/Athearn or a Intermountain F
passenger pilot as a seperate part? If all fails, I guess I can use
.010 styrene to build a 'wrapper' for the existing 'freight' pilot.
I have a Highliners passenger pilot left over. I will never use it as the
Western Pacific never did. They come with the coupler draft gear blanking
well. I will take a pic of it first to make sure its the right style. I used
the freight pilots so I,m sure the spare I have is what you want.
I live in New Zealand so if you it is going to be of any use to you I'll
have to send it at my cost or whats the point. I'm sure won't break the
The other thing is I'm not sure how well it will fit the Atlas body. You may
have to heat it a bit a bend it into shape to conform with the Atlas body.
Let me know.
In the mean time is the email@example.com addy ok to send the pic
Western Pacific Model Railways
I also have an extra Highliners passenger pilot you can have. I don't know
where you are but I might be a bit closer to you than New Zealand. I live in
Irvine California. I checked the pilot against an Atlas body and found the
height and width to be good but, like Nigel indicated, the curvature is a
bit different and may present a problem. I don't know if you could
successfully warp the pilot to fit right. I'd consider modifying the contour
of the pilot with something like epoxy putty or something like that. If you
went that route you'd want to do it before attaching the pilot permanently
to the body -- it's just a lot easier to work on that way. My guess is it
will be quite a bit of work to make the Highliners pilot look right on the
Atlas shell. You might want to find out if there is a replacement pilot like
you want that is made to fit the Atlas FP7 shell. Even if it is ten bucks or
so it would probably be worth it.