Wabash Valley Models Western Maryland F7

Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-110
Road Name:Western Maryland
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
The pre-decorated shell is shown at the bottom left in the group photo. The Wabash Valley shells are an improved version of the Enhorning F-unit casts (the Enhorning ones had a deformation on their roof top and a crease on the side). Compared to prototype photos, the Wabash Valley Models shells represent F3 phase IV (9/1948 to 2/1949) EMD bodies. The shell has the slight "V"-shape above the rear end flat door panel, which is consistent with F3 body ends, but there is no roof overhang. The shell has the two rectangular roof vents for the dynamic brakes which are an F3 phase IV feature. Some shell modifications would need to be made by the modeler to represent a true F7. Originally, the recommendation was to use an American Models FP7 chassis to power these models. However, the American Models GP9 (which was not available back then) is a much better fit and will only require some corner trimming of the GP9's metal base. Also, the trucks line up better with the shell. Additional details, such as simulated glass and couplers will need to be added by the modeler for a complete model.
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