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Southern Pacific SDP45
SDP45 kitbashed from Athearn shells by David Reed
Whatever scale you model in, you will need to stretch an SD45 to build an SDP45, unless you buy a brass one...
Non Espee SD45M (SDP45) References moved to SD40M-2 Info Page .
Modeling these will be a challenge, as no HO plastic kit or RTR unit has been made. However, we have finally found an Espee specific kitbash article, this articles pre-dates the Rail Power Products SD45 shell, but the techniques should be the same. It will only require updating with current detail parts. As for a chassis, the RPP SD60 chassis appears to be closest, or maybe the Athearn Tunnel Motor chassis, but both of those are made to take the HTC sideframes, the SDP45 needs the earlier Flexicoil sideframes, so maybe coercing an FP45 chassis may be the way to go.
I am doing a kitbash of a Railpower Products SD45 shell, with Athearn parts, and coercing an FP45 chassis to take the finished kitbash. The FP45 chassis is a bit too long, and I think that my model is not too accurate, but I will have an SDP45, well, it will look like one from 20 feet away...
All I had to go on was 2 photo's, plus the SP Books below. Kalmbach's 'Second Diesel Spotter's Guide' page EMD-81, has a photo of the left hand side, and their 'The Contemporary Diesel Spotter's Guide - page 71, has that photo and one of the right hand side.
NOW I have been given a copy of a complete kitbash article, when the model is very nearly complete, that is I suppose, better than finding out Rail Power Products just made a shell...
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