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Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby RGlueck » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:00 am

Does anyone have detail images or drawings of the FA power car headlight grills windshields? I am looking for material that is original , NOT drawings from the operators manual or off the web. I have those. I need accurate measurements and the like. If you have something from a fresh angle or location, please PM me.

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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby gwins » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:48 pm

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Here are pictures taken in Oyster Bay
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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby RGlueck » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:15 am

Thank you for the photos. I am trying to make a wooden mock-up as a mold in 1/8th scale to cast the window frames in aluminum. This is going to take some trials in cardboard first, then testing, cutting, fitting, cutting, testing, da-da-da-...I'm sure you get it.
The good news it, a generous fellow sent me a 1/8th scale mold for the grated headlight casing, so that's on its way. The cab deck (out front) is also going to be formed and cast in aluminum.
What is difficult to believe is the lack of availability of good quality drawings which include specific measurements. There are all kinds from the ALCO operator's manual, but not in scale and without body measurements. Why? Probably due to printing concerns, the fact the FA2 was longer than the FA1, and the fact few people would ever require car body measurements.
Solutions: Using calipers, I measured body lengths off two H-O scale models, then using mathematical proportions, and a known measurement (body width) arrived at a close guesstimate of panel sizes.
Contacted Bobb Losse, owner of two ex-LIRR FA2's and FA1's, who graciously gave me some of what I need (thank you, Bobb). Exchanged photos from my own collection of FA shots with Tim Darnell, "Ace Diesel-hound".

BUT...I have yet to find a really fine ALCO FA erection drawing with overall body measurements and details.
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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby gwins » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:50 pm

There were in the December 1986 issue of Mainline Modeler
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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby gwins » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:01 pm

Here's another from image from the Locomotive Cyclopedia 15th edition (1956)
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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby RGlueck » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:18 pm

Excellent drawings! I had seen the Cyclopedia print, but not the Mainline Modeler! Just the curves for the roof alone are going to be simpler now! Thank you so much!
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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby gwins » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:32 pm

Glad to help. Justifies hanging on to those old magazines.
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Re: Front Detail pictures or drawings LIRR FA power cars?

Postby nyandw » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:21 pm

gwins wrote:Glad to help. Justifies hanging on to those old magazines.


Very nice! May I add them to my LIRR FA page? http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrFA/lirrFA.htm
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