McKeen coach trailer: update

After reinforcing the sides and ends with resin & glass fibers the windows and doors were cut out

The end steps of the Aristo Sierra coach are a good match for the stairs leading upwards from the center-entrance.


M-10005's cab interior

Interior is now painted with upholstered seats


McKeen trailer cars in 1/29

The baggage trailer's sub-construction out of an Aristo Sierra coach (shortened and reduced in width & height, with rounded ends added on both sides; height has to be reduced by another 3/16"):

The coach trailer out of a Bachmann coach (reduced in width & height, with rounded ends added on both sides; in the center there is the provision for the lowered entrance door)


McKeen motor cars & trailers in 1/29

I really like those early trials of streamlined motor cars built by McKeen.
I intend to built a SP combo (70' McKeen passenger motor car and its 32' baggage trailer) as well as UP's rebuilt (conversion to gas electric) M23 or 24 with thew matching 51' passenger trailer in 1/29 scale.
I started with the 32' baggage trailer, using an Aristo Sierra coach - the trucks closely match the original McKeen.
For the 51' passenger trailer I'll use a Bachmann coach - its trucks closely match the trucks of those car, too.
I'll use the original models' shells as a substructure on the straight sides and add a plastic or cardboard substructure for the rounded ends. Then I will cover the basic shell with glass-fiber layers and resin.

The McKeen motor cars will be built upon shells of Aristo heavy weight cars with additional subconstruction for the knife-sharp or parabolic front and the rounded end.
UP's rebuilt McKeen will get an USA Trains NW2 power block for the front truck, the SP will get the same truck on the rear, making the front truck with its different wheel diameters probably a dummy (or only a single driven axle).

Pictures will follow when I have some basic progress to show...


M-10005: cab's interior

Some pix of the cab's interior - unfortunately I found only two prototype shots which show only a few parts of the interior. Even whether there were two or three seats cannot be identified. My Overland model shows wrong rear doors (one on each side, whereas the prototype diagrams has a center door only) as well as the prototype shots show seats with folding back without armrests whereas the Overland has non-folding-seats with armrests, no brake stand, no air-shutter control and so on...

So here's my replication with a lot of 'modeler's license':
On the fireman's side there's some air-brake equipment with a releasing handle.
In the center one finds the throttle stand (according to the prototype photos the throttle looked similar to those found in a streetcar). Additionally (partially hidden by the engineer's seat) there's the control for the front shutters behind the front grill (it cannot deny its descent from a steam-engine's throttle). The independent air-brake controllers are located on the engineer's right.
All parts are fixed to the cab's main floor. The front of the cab's floor is slightly raised, with screens on the step covering the cab-heater.

And with engineer & fireman in place

Further parts are mounted in the shell - the cab-signal box in the center and some gauges on the engineer's side.
Fixed to the center pillar are two prominent fans for defrosting/defogging the front windows.