Finally the SD40-2 has arrived

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by J o e, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. J o e

    J o e TrainBoard Member

    I just got the Sept Micro News email and the CSX SD40-2's are finally out! Also there's C&O Caboose, it's Christmas in Sept for me!

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  2. Glenn Woodle

    Glenn Woodle TrainBoard Member

    Pictures are up on ZSM. Way to go Anthony!
    The transition cars may be a way to run Marklin passenger cars with MTL's.
  3. sundowner

    sundowner TrainBoard Member

    Good for you Z-scaler to get your SD40-2. Look good but the color for the pilot, step, plow and fuel tank is supposed to be black not blue.
  4. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I placed my order already. Hopefully, I will run it in my layout next week. Then its time to detail it.

    Joe, save some money for November. According to Rob A, thats when the four bay CSX hopper is being release. Also, is there any update on your layout?
  5. J o e

    J o e TrainBoard Member

    That's great news John, plus we'll hopefully have CSX Autoracks early next year. I ordered 4 SD40-2's (2 of each) and will be repainting one or two the YN2 scheme (which is my favorite).

    Sundowner had a good point about the color on some parts being blue instead of black like the prototype and the CSX logo on the side appears to be a bit lower than it should be (maybe it's just me), but beggers can't be choosers, I'm happy with it.

    Right now no new updates on the layout, I haven't worked on it since early May. I bought a house in May, transitioned to a new job at work, and am getting married in mid Oct, so I've been extremely busy. Hopefully after Oct I'll get some more work done and more pictures posted.

    Have you (or anyone else) heard any updates on the SD70 shells from HoboTim. That will be getting painted CSX as well once I get mine. I know he's very busy, but I haven't seen any posts recently with updates.
  6. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Supporter

    Yep, looks good in real colors. And the price is right too - same as the GP's !!!
  7. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Sounds good, Joe. I plan to repaint one into a YN2, but next months release. :D On the blue pilot and couplers, I dont expect MTL to paint them black. It would just add to the price of the engine. I always like to give my engine a personal touch.

    No new updates on the Ace. Tim is in TX, and wont be home for couple of months. I think the shells are done, but its waiting for the professional photo etch railings.
  8. JR59

    JR59 TrainBoard Supporter

    This is such a welcome addition to our scale! I think it's a big jump forward. Thank you Joe D and MTL. Now we wait also for the GP30 from AZL, that makes everything perfect.
  9. yoshi98bc

    yoshi98bc TrainBoard Member

    What's the best black paint to match the microtrains black already in the model
  10. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Yoshy, I dont think it matters. Any black will because I plan to weather it.
  11. yoshi98bc

    yoshi98bc TrainBoard Member

    Good point, but I don't have the guts to weather my locos just yet. So, any suggestions for me?
  12. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I still think any black will do. Its not like somebody its going to say its the wrong black. I bet even rivet counters are not going to say you use the wrong black. If you are not going to weather it, I suggest you use engine black from Floquil.
  13. yoshi98bc

    yoshi98bc TrainBoard Member

    Thanks. I hope to weather it someday, just need to become a better at it first before I tackle a loco.
  14. sluggers

    sluggers TrainBoard Member

    I agree john, the day has come for us that enjoy CSX. I hope to be able to at least afford one SD 40-2 . I look forward to seeing photo of your repaint job.

    Tiller :tb-cool:
  15. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

  16. TechRepJapan

    TechRepJapan Permanently dispatched

    I found photos of both locos... (MTL release) (Y2N) (previous owner) (Y2N)

    It's hard to tell from the MTL news-letter, but from the photos, it looks like the yellow on the nose cowl should lap over the edge. On the MTL releases, it looks like the yellow is just on the flat surface of the nose.

    Just wondering...
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  17. RobertAllbritton

    RobertAllbritton TrainBoard Member


    A paint mask to cover the corners is more complex than one that just covers the flat areas. Manufactures have to make compromises all the time to get a product to market at a reasonable price. That might be the case here, but I don't know for sure.

    But all in all, this looks like a great release for MTL. We had tons of success with our AZL Brass SD40-2 run (over 500 brass locos sold) and I'm sure it will be multiples of that for MTL. Congratulations to Joe, Eric and the whole team at MTL: this locomotive looks like a winner.

  18. TechRepJapan

    TechRepJapan Permanently dispatched

    I understand that about MTL having to make compromises... they do it all the time. My comment wasn't a complaint... although, I think more folks might have been willing to pay a little bit more for the Y2N (?) paint.

    Yes... I have one of those AZL brass SD40-2 in BN paint (although it's not a road-name I'm interested in any more). Anyone interested?

  19. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Alex, if you are willing to pay just a little more, you can get one of this.

  20. goobnav

    goobnav TrainBoard Member

    Happy Dance


    I can see you doing the Happy Dance from here in NC. Now if I can just capture some pictures here in NC of these units to really blow your mind. Congrats, now get the reefers ready for the juice express train.

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