I will try to reconstruct what we lost last week so we can get on with life again!!! And building trains.....
I did get pix of Me on the monster loco, DDA40X, and next to an even larger BIG BOY loco while on our recent trip to LA to visit My Pop!!!
What's this - does this fit here? It's big, and Oh so black!!! OH A BIG BOY, got it!!!
A close up of the front and all the detail work to do someday! Lots to work from in a pic like this also.
The radiator cooling grills are the most often missed item for a DDA40X in close-up pix. SO these were My number one thing to get good pics to work from for this build. Once seen, they do not look so intimidating to recreate in miniature. Just needed to know what they were really like, not like a SD45 radiator either, so don't be fooled by the similar shapes here overall!!
These are the correct side frames that will be copied for this loco, they are from UP 6915, but clearly the same as UP 6936 frames are!
The side fresh air cooling section right behind the cab on the Engineers side of the loco. Many details here, access covers and related items for them are easy to see here, for each side of the loco, followed by the Fireman's side next...
I should also point out that some parts are much different on UP 6915, and this is why UP 6936 is always the loco used for any final reference work before any building is undertaken. So there is always a hunt for the right and correct detail, yet many pix are needed to get the right feel also, some of which may not be from UP 6936. All this takes a fair amount of time to sort thru. And sometimes gets confusing also!! What FUN!!!
So with that lesson, here is a section I built copied from a photo always at hand and right next to the work in progress.
This wall section and the other 3 matching walls have been the most challenging for Me to build so far. These will be glued to the mid-sections for the engine bays using GP-38 hoods cut up. We'll get into that later tho! I built a small jig for these walls so they would all be the same, building 2 lefts and 2 right sides, and even adjusting the small stops for the grill work on each side. Again, I will get into this more next time I check in here. Until then,.. safe modeling!!