Re: Proto 2000 SD45 Arrives

It sounds like you are going to combine three engines plus after market parts? What are you wanting to make?
What about the 'huge drain holes' I read about?
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I forgot to mention.... the SD45 has a new idea on the pilot steps. Most traditional locos have the pilot steps molded as solid, and the mold pulls apart from the side. Recently Atlas and Proto 2000 have taken to molding see-thru steps, and to do this they have to pull the mold apart top-to-bottom because of the pins for the see-thru holes. This means the steps can't overlap each other, which they should - so models like the P2K GP7/9 and GP30, and Atlas GP38, 40, and SD35 have these see-thru but too-shallow steps. A big pain to replace them because none of the aftermarket etchings are a good fit, and the backside of the step well has unwanted notches.
What Life-Like has done with the SD45 is mold the top and bottom step in place, which are far enough apart that they don't overlap each other... and they made the middle step a separate piece that slides in place. So they have solved the problem of having both see-thru steps and the correct dimension and overhang. The steps are still a bit thick, no way around that in styrene - but because of the correct orientation, should be easier to replace with the etched ones.
This has been mentioned before, but Life-Like apparently made an attempt to model the washout drain holes which are below the inertial screens. On the prototype these holes are about 1/2" in diameter, or about a #80 drill in HO scale. Life-Like did the holes at something closer to 3" HO scale. They look like mounting holes for some phantom part that isn't there. They need to be plugged and redrilled, they are waaaaaaay too big. http://www.gp30.com/emdholes
Andy
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