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Southern Pacific SW1200
An Athearn SW7 superdetailed as an SW1200 by Cliff West using styrene strip for light packages and Detail Associates #1001, #1002 & #1004 lights with MV #24 & #25 lenses except the bottom lights were drilled out and some left over lenses from Athearn's SW-1500 were installed so the headlight could be illuminated. Numberboards were from Detail West #136. The fuel tank was from Custom Finishing #290. Decals by Microscale and paint from Floquil. The handrails were from me bent from .010 steel wire and Athearn Stanchions.
Lifelike Proto 2000 HO Scale SW9 converted to an SW1200 by Tom Fassett
While there has been plenty of SW1200 modeling articles, published in the mainstream model magazines, there doesn't appear to have been any specifically aimed at making an SP model.
LifeLike have now released their SW1200, however they have never released an SP model ?????. Most of the parts listed in my Parts List would be needed, even on the LifeLike model.
As usual though, grab a photo to base your unit on, as there are differing cab sunshades fitted, and some are running around with the light show removed, but the brackets still in place.
For another 2 Images of my SW1200 see my Parts List.
I made my model from the Athearn SW7, so it has a number of inaccuracies.
Known inaccuracies and/or improvements:
For a Parts List click here. Most of these would likely be needed for the LifeLike model anyway.
I have rebuilt the extended Fuel Tank, and modified the Air Reservoirs see my SW 1200 Fuel Tank Rebuild for how I did it. However, I have since discovered Custom Finishing has an Extended Range Fuel/Air Reservoir casting #290, that could be used instead.
See my SW Info Page for info on the 'Falsies.
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