ABOVE: Completed pilot model for box frame 3-window angular cab
BELOW: Completed pilot model for open frame, round cab version
Even more features:
See the video of a 3-unit CF7 lashup! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k9JOo-3f3Q
Shots in gray primer paint so you can actually see the detail:
ABOVE: Completed pilot model in gray primer for early version open frame 3-window round-roof cab
This build option has the original "open frame", round-roof cab with three windows per side, high front battery box, and the twin "Chicken basket" spark arrestors on two stacks.
ABOVE: pilot model in gray primer for late version box frame single side window angular cab
BELOW: pilot model in gray primer for early version round-roof cab with F7 windows (units 2649-2639 1970-approx. 1975)
While the truck centers from a GP7 are actually a foot longer than a CF7, the trucks were crowded toward the ends 3" so that the end result is a shell that is only 6" longer than drawings - 49'6" over the end sills:
These were extensively used by shortlines such as Pioneer (below). Custom-builds are now available, or partial builds, with or without mechanisms. Prices vary based on options, painting, custom decals, and desired features.
The basic mechanism is the high-quality Atlas GP7/GP9 (2006 copyright frame date) mechanism, sold separately The long hood is an Atlas-supplied part, either from your own GP7 Phase I non-dynamic locomotive, ordered from Atlas. I have a limited number of the Atlas long hood for $5 each, in addition to the standard kit price - email for availability.
*** New for 2014 - .005 body reinforcement material included. ***
Kits are available, first-come, first-serve basis limited by available etchings. See 'contact' for email information, and I'll send the instruction set download link. Contact me when you are ready to order, and you'll be invoiced via PayPal.
Using the Bachmann GP7
It will take some frame grinding with a Dremel, and some tricky razor saw work, but you can use the Bachmann GP7 frame and body if you have one, it takes some frame grinding and some razor saw work, but it can be done and it runs almost as well. Note: the original DCC board DOES NOT FIT so make sure you factor that into your decision to use it. An instruction supplement will be prepared shortly, stand by, but here's the results of the first test unit:
Basic resin and brass conversion kit $49
Photoetchings only (see below) $29/set (two sheets, useful for JnJ CF7 shell)
Atlas Ph 1 non-dynamic undec long hoods (PN 480200) add $5 (subject to availability)
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