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Southern Pacific RSD12
SP sent 21 RSD5's back to Alco for a frame-up rebuild, these came back as RSD12's. The carbody was basically a late model low-nose RS11.
Atlas' HO scale model is something similar, their RS11 bodyshell on top of their RSD5 chassis. Problems for the SP modeler are that the Atlas RS11 shell is an early high-nose version, and details don't match SP's low-nose RSD12's.
A low-nose conversion kit is available to convert the Atlas high-nose RSD12 to a low-nose RSD12, but you are still faced with the other problems to correct. The image above shows some of the obvious differences, studying further material will show many more changes required. With the amount of work involved and the skill required to realise a quality model, one has to question whether the effort will be worth it.
As far as the Atlas RSD12 is concerned, I would add the low-nose resin conversion from Railway Recollections and leave it at that; a stand-in model until something better comes along.
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