On Mon, 23 Mar 1998 22:37:12 -0500, "Bruce Z. Friedman"
>Well, I want to model a HO NS U23B highhood. They came through
>Wilmington, Delaware on CSX often. So which Atlas Undec do I order for
>the correct type of trucks? I know the undec's come in 2 versions, based
>on different trucks. Ideas on the highhood kit? I know there's a new
>company that makes thinwall cabs for GE engines. Do they make a highhood
>kit too? Any input would help.
NS (Southern) had a total of 70 U23B's. Apparently two of them, 3940
and 3967 did not make it to the NS as they are not listed in the
Withers book. All of course were high nose. 3900-3934 had AAR B
trucks, 3935-3969 had FB2 trucks, so you can model either or both with
the appropriate Atlas model.
NS also had 54 B23-7's, numbered where the U23B's left off at
3970-4023. All had FB2 trucks, Dash 7 type 1 high noses. Type 2,
with inverted number boards, was used only on B30-7A's, both the NS
and the BN cabless units.
Hi-Tech Details will be releasing both the U-boat high nose and the
Type 1 dash 7 high nose kit shortly. He may also do the type 2, if
there is demand for it. The Smokey Valley GE nose is a type 2, and
was made in conjunction with their BN B30-7A conversion kit (for RPP
B23-7) but up to now it has been the only GE high nose available...
therefore you'll see it standing in for a type 1 and even a U-boat
nose on many models it's not correct for. Let me know if any of you
would like to see the type 2 hi-nose available from Hi-Tech. The SV
kit is a bit on the crude side, and for my own selfish ends I'd like
to see Jim do all three, but it may not be a markettable product
without the demand since it is appropriate for so few units, and there
is already a kit for it out there.
If modeling a U23B in the NS era, you will want the Hi-Tech cab kit
with the oval window blanks on the sides, and the hi-nose version
which comes with two open walls instead of a front windshield. There
are a total of 9 different HTD cabs, so look carefully! There is the
4-window sidewall, the 2-window sidewall, and the 2 window with
blanked out extra windows, and each is available with pre-1972
headlight, post-1972 headlight, or a high-nose version. While the
Atlas U23B has a nice cab, the HTD is nicer and with the right kit you
can correctly represent the blanked windows. I'm not sure when the
extra windows were removed, but all of the Withers photos in NS paint
have them blanked out.
The Atlas U23B will be equal to, or better than, their C30-7. No ugly
copper plates showing through the truck sideframes, and it should run
more on par with the Kato cloned GP7's, than with the whiplash of the
C-boat drives. And it will be here soon. The only thing I'm not sure
of is the radiator grille arrangement - the first batch of NS units
(the ones with AAR trucks) have the forward square vent in the high
position, the second batch (with FB2 trucks) have it in the low
position. I'm not sure which position Atlas's shell represents, or if
the other louvers will match... but if you care about this and don't
want to whack it, it may affect which variation you choose to model.
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