Wabash Valley Models F7

Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-100
Category:F7
Road Name:(undecorated)
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
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 an EMD F3 phase IV (9/1948 to 2/1949) body. 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 (the two vents were replaced with a 36"-diameter roof fan for the dynamic brakes on F7 phase I engines (11/1948 to 8/1952); the 48" roof fan was used a bit later by EMD on the F7 phase II diesels (8/1952 to 12/1953)). The long stainless steel-framed air grills, with small horizontal vanes, on these shells were common to both F3 phase IV and F7 phase I EMD diesels. These grills replaced the earlier F3 model "chicken wire" air grills. The models shown in Photo #1 and #2 are of Bill's converted F7 A- and B-units. Photo #3 is of Bill's F3 B-unit. Bill has modified his body shells with some brass detailing parts, such as the fans, and replaced the fuel tank skirting with that of an American Models one. Bill reports that many more small details need to be added to his models before it is time for the paint shop. Photo #4 is the stock Model Railroad Warehouse photo showing all available shells in one shot. Originally, the recommendation was to use an American Models FP7 chassis to power these models, and perhaps use its roof details to modify the Wabash Valley shells. In 1988 Omnicon Scale Models announced a chassis specifically designed for this shell. Nowadays, the American Models GP9 is a much better fit and will only require some corner trimming of the GP9's metal base. The shells are still available today (772.2-64-100 A-unit; 772.2-64-101 B-unit). The shells were reviewed in the November/December 1985 issue of the S Gaugian by Robert Nicholson, noting that they represent the F-units starting with the later F3 versions. As a side note, in 1990, Des Plaines Hobbies produced etched-brass sides that the model could attach to these shells to convert the model into an F2, F3 (phases 1 through 4), or an F7.
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model owned by Bill Winans
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-112
Category:F7
Road Name:Lehigh Valley
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
Holt reports that his Lehigh Valley F7A painted shell (Cornell red, black stripes) project is finished. As shown in the photo, Holt added a scale 4'-diameter fan on roof for dynamic brakes, air horns and number boards from B.T.S., and a motor drive and gears unit from an American Models GP9. The AM GP9 drive unit base is 8-3/4" long, and is a good fit for the F7A shell with minor corner trimming of the aluminum alloy drive base; the "recommended" AM FP7 drive unit base, at 9-3/4", is too long, and does not match up with the cutaways on the F7A shell for the drive trucks (those recommendations were made before the AM GP9 chassis was available at the time). He also trimmed the width of the metal drive base by about 1/16" with dremel and file for a snug fit; no screws used. The black paint for the Farr air grills and rooftop exhaust is Testors Model Master enamel, brushed by hand. Light gray enamel was used for the fine trim around the Farr air grills. Road numbers are from miscellaneous decals he had on hand, as well as Woodland Scenics dry transfers. He used flexible clear acrylic sheet for the window and door glazing (side windows are left open for airflow). The long coupler tabs on the AM drive unit were cut back in length and then re-drilled and tapped for the AM 2-56 pivoting coupler screws; note the smaller fixed AM coupler in front, and an operating AM hi-rail coupler has been mounted on the rear end. The roof top and front pilot weathering was brushed-on thinned Model Master flat black enamel, to give the model a mid-1950s road-worn appearance. The Lehigh Valley RR acquired 8 F7A diesels from GM/EMD in 1950, even numbers from 560 thru 574; the odd numbers were F7B units. The prototype 562 engine ran freight on the LV from 1950 until a 1972 trade-in.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-111
Category:F7
Road Name:Monon
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Kit
The pre-decorated shell is shown at the top 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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photo © (Model Railroad Warehouse stock photo)
Manufacturer:Wabash Valley Models (click for web site)
Manufacturer ID:772.2-64-110
Category:F7
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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photo © (Model Railroad Warehouse stock photo)

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