It's not my usual style to tackle such a difficult challenge in a first post but I am excited to find this place and wanted to share. I know it's not an Accucraft, but it's still fun and it gave me a reason to display it proudly rather than have it sit in it's box in storage.
I'll try to chronicle along the way. I'm nearly finished with it about 80%.
First let me introduce myself. My name is Dave. I'm a GA dentist. I collect Star Wars movie props and costumes and of course my favorite locomotives.....most of which are large scale and HO scale 4-4-0 circa 1860s to 1890s.
My Spectrum 4-4-0 began as the South Pacific Coast loco which has undergone several minor changes thru the years. I bought this loco to go around my Christmas tree when they first came out. I immediately removed the tender headlamp. I hated it from the beginning.
Next I replaced the smoke stack with a balloon stack. I liked it much better and replaced the coal with wood load. I always loved the way it ran on the track. Very smooth operation and it made me happy to chase the cat around the tree.
My next upgrade was a sierra sound system. I installed it in the tender and had the switch and recharge port in one of the toolboxes on the tender. Completely hidden. I was so proud and it sounds fantastic.
Then I got tired of the putting up and taking down the train and track after my cat attacked the loco and broke the steps off the tender and loco on one side. So since that time, she's been in storage until I found this board a few months ago. I joined the CP Historical Society and started researching the Disney locos. I immediately recognized the CK Holliday and friends from visiting the Disney parks both in my youth and in recent years. I've only ever been to the Disneyland park once in my life mainly because I live on the wrong coast.
Then Accucraft released the Lilly Belle and I fell in love at once. Unfortunately I was too poor to afford it when it was readily available for a nice price and so it came and went. I've been trying to find a seller for 2 years at least. I'm always too slow on Ebay or some guy is showing the accucraft but selling the HLW. I don't hate the HLW, it's just not the Accucraft.
So a month ago, I decided to dig the SPC 4-4-0 out of storage and compare it to the original CP-173 in my reference photos as well as the CK Holliday and of course Walt's coveted Lilly Belle.
I decided that it wouldn't be too much of a bear to at least approximate the Lilly Belle in G scale and still have a better result than the HLW loco.
So without further discussion, I'll show you where I started and where she sits as of last night. Then I'll go back and do more of a step by step.
The SPC #3: