Builder's Showcase

Here are examples of customer-built models from our Highliners kits.  We will be rotating these as time progresses so if you have a model you'd like to share, please send good clear high resolution images and we will attempt to post those of a most interesting nature.  Most of the models depicted have had their skirts removed and appear as they looked in the 1960's and 1970's  Not everything to be pictured here will need to be highly modified and weathered. We'd very much welcome images of common as well as the unusual in as-delivered configurations too.

The first is this late 1960's paint Great Northern Phase II F7 (and a bit of another in the old scheme too) with outstanding paint and weathering.  Note the "Gumball" roof top warning light, additional lines on the pilot.

Above is a very neat and therefore "recently painted" (the prototype that is!) post-merger (G.N., C.B.&Q. N.P. and SP&S) B.N. F7 Phase II (vertical slots between the portholes, etc.) and without any dynamic brakes.

Another F7 Phase I with again no dynamic brakes in the NEIR Corp scheme for commuter service in and out of the "Windy City".  Note that scratch-built and very interesting forward facing roof top exhaust.  This was probably for an auxiliary "head-end power" smaller diesel-generator combination. These were in place of the earlier type of steam generator and water tank and positioned where that equipment was formerly located.

Above is the late FEC scheme on a very standard F7 Phase I again without dynamic brakes.  This could also be an F3 Phase IV as it is impossible to externally distinguish without the give-away of the specific type of dynamic brake hatch used.

The Clinchfield's F3 Phase IV (slots in the dynamic brake hatch) #800 has a variation that is only reproducible with our kits and cannot be correctly rendered using any other off the shelf product. Note the forward porthole and horizontal louver have been "swapped" when compared with all the other engines depicted here.  Also note the modification to the sand filler hatches.  This is particular variant is not directly accommodated with our kit, but as the sand filler hatches are applied separately, this modification is a simple matter with a good set of miniature Swiss Pattern files and a set of the internal angled filler hatches seen here.

A Penn Central F7 Phase I (a 36" fan in the dynamic brake hatch) in F unit creator Dick Dillworth's favorite locomotive color, plain BLACK

The Southern System is well represented with this trio of  extremely well painted F7 Phase Ib's seen here in both freight and passenger schemes.  #6714 was built as a passenger F7 Phase Ib (the "b" indicates the later style cab door) as there are steam generator vents (for the steam heating of passenger cars built during the steam era) an additional roof-top line and no dynamic brakes as using the lightweight passenger car's own brakes were ample and also made for a bit of a smoother ride.

Those large 48" Dynamic Brake hatch fans seen on # 4175 above (and 4262) were not standard equipment on "as-delivered" Phase Ib F7's, but no doubt were requested from EMD or they were quickly added by the road for some of the steepest grades in the U.S. were and are found on the Southern, such as the famed "Saluda Hill Grade" in North Carolina.  This very high demand of the Dynamic Brake system required as much cooling to the resistor grid as was possible.

4262 is seen above in passenger colors made famous in the 1920's on the Southern's crack "Crescent Limited" pulled by green and gold painted Ps4 versions of the USRA's heavy Pacific design.

An open Multiple Unit door, easily "do-able" with a steady hand some drills in a pin vise and again the very fine miniature Swiss Pattern files along with our photo-etched M.U. doors included in every kit!


THE very first AT&SF Warbonnets ever done from this tooling.  The A unit is one of the very first "Test Shots" of the "A" Unit tool as well as the ancillary plastic parts "Family Mold".  The "stainless steel" side panels were done using "Bare Metal Foil", a self adhesive very thin aluminum material hand applied.  This was airbrushed coated using a mix of a clear satin and a "Smoke" finish to both darken and "brown" the bright aluminum of the metal foil to match stainless steel's color tones.  That B Unit was the very first Highliners Warbonnet advertising model from 1990.  It's rapidly approaching 30 years of age itself.  Note the mixture of high and low roof top fans.  A very common Santa Fe modification to both their A & B Units.  Also pictured are an N&G telegraph pole (with clear insulators) and a fully functional, three position US&S Style "T-2" semaphore signal, here specifically configured for the AT&SF.

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