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b ending it as required. I m ounted the DW 209 rear draft gear by cutti ng off the top of the part, leaving two m o u n t i n g posts exposed. I then drilled holes in the part and in the body shell to accept the .0 1 5 wire I ' ve been using. I then p l aced a small piece of wire in the draft gear and l i ned it up on the corresponding hole in the shel l . When the a s s e m b l y is g l ued t o g e t h e r, it is m u c h stronger than a simple butt joi nt. The rear of the unit is shown in Photo 2.
CHAS S I S AND TRUCK M O D I F I C AT I O N S
The MEC passenger F3s came with early s loped journal B lomberg sideframes w h i l e the S tewart m o d e l s have B l o m b e rg B s . Although Detail Associates makes parts to modi fy these trucks to have box or sloped journals, the task of fi ling off truck journals and building new ones is time consum i ng and d i fficult. When Stewart released their Frs, I hoped their sloped journal sideframes would fit the F3s. They did, and I was able to order the sideframes directly from Stew art. I dril led holes in the brake cylinders to accept .0 1 5 wire for rigging and holes on the "front" side of each sideframe to accept .0 1 9 wire for sand l ines. I mounted all of the wire and handpainted it black. The MEC units had speed recorders on the cab un its. Detail Associates makes this part (DA 2807). I mounted only the center portion of the recorder in the middle of the l e ft box journal on the truck. To keep the recorder wire in place, I mounted a DA 2206 e y e b o l t in t h e c h as s i s a n d ran t h e w i re through the bolt. The whole assembly i s shown in Photo 5 .
PA I N T I N G A N D W E AT H E R I N G
W hen the MEC ceased its joint opera t i o n s w i t h the B & M in the m i d 1 950s, it decided to repaint many of it l ocomotives green. Although the front herald was modi fied to a si mpler pine tree, the body striping remained the same. The striping was hardly unique to the B & M ; the boys at EMD put these stripes on D&RGW and LV locomo tives as well. Obviously, the repaint process d i d n o t o c c u r o v e rn i g h t , so i t w a s not uncommon to see green and maroon units running together for several years. I first painted an A and B unit green. [ u sed M O DELflex Northern Pacific Light Green after experimenting with several col ors and matc h i n g photos out of Morning Sun's New England Rails b ook. Polly Scale makes an MEC Green, but I was much more comfortabl e with the MODELflex paint, and found it more readi l y available in my area at the time I did the project. Once I had painted each unit green, I m asked and painted the b l ac k on t h e s i d e s k i r t s , p i l o t and roof. You ' l l need to mask the cab roof using the decal as a guide to match the curve of the gold stripe. Also, don't forget to cut a piece of .0 1 0 styrene for the front-mounted num berplate, which w i l l also be painted. The MEC maroon presented a problem because M O DELflex didn ' t make a B&M maroon when I built the model, although I believe they now offer it (but I ' ve sti ll never seen it). Pol l y Scale's B & M maroon appears to be a pretty good match, but as I stated above, I had trouble finding it when I did the p r oj e c t ; i t ' s read i l y a v a i l a b l e now. Accu+paint makes an "engine maroon" but that paint is also not always available. Sev-
T h e r e a r of u n i t 6 7 1 A s h o w s t h e backup l ight, draft gear and coupler l ift bars.
The Stewart units do not have steam gen erators, but these are available from Custom Finishing (CF 2 1 4). I mounted them per the kit instructions. I then placed four additional "stacks" on the unit, using .033 w ire. The roof then looked as it does in Photo 3 . Once everything on the body was complete, the shell looked as it does in Photo 4.
A n eyebolt mou nted on t h e chassis helps to keep the speed-recorder l i ne in place.
Masking for painting the A-unit g ri lles black.
T he Custom Finishing steam genera tor parts a re supplemented with four .033 wire "stacks."
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The F3A u n it ready for paint.
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