How to detail Athearn CSX locomotives in HO?

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How to detail Athearn CSX locomotives in HO?

Post by AmtrakPhill629 » Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:09 pm

Is the old athearn good quality when it comes to CSX engines? can they be super detailed to look like they are high quality?

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Post by Otto Vondrak » Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:32 am

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No, Athearn engines are made with a special plastic that repels all detail parts when applied. Sadly, there seems to be no workaround for this quirk in Athearn engines. Some even require horn-hook couplers to function properly.

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Post by graftonterminalrr » Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:35 am

Depends which models you are referring to. Any model will look great with proper paint, added details and a good weathering job.

Older Athearn models suffer from a hood width that is too wide. The affected models are: EMD GP7/9 (marketed as both), SW7, SDP40, SD45, GP35 (not the RTR model, which is correct), and DD40; GE U28B, U28C, U30B, U30C, U33B, U33C; FM Train Master; and Baldwin S-12.

Athearn models introduced after 1984 or so are correct in their dimensions, and are easy to add details to. These models are the EMD SD40-2, GP38-2, GP40-2, GP50, GP60, SD40T-2, etc, etc. Any loco of the Genesis series is also correct.
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Post by graftonterminalrr » Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:36 am

Otto Vondrak wrote:No, Athearn engines are made with a special plastic that repels all detail parts when applied. Sadly, there seems to be no workaround for this quirk in Athearn engines.
:-D Sounds like a few Bachmann engines I have! :P
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Pilots touching, head to head,
half a world behind each back?
'They should have made this double track'"

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Post by WANF-11--->Chaser » Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:51 am

Otto Vondrak wrote:No, Athearn engines are made with a special plastic that repels all detail parts when applied. Sadly, there seems to be no workaround for this quirk in Athearn engines. Some even require horn-hook couplers to function properly.

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ZING! LOL. :)

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