Undiscovered Frisco Diesel and Paint Scheme

Discussion in 'Z Scale' started by kenmc, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Frisco.org Supporter


    Having watched, studied and photographed the Frisco many years, I thought there was "nothing new under the sun," to quote Solomon.

    However, even this old guy can discover something new -- a previously unknown Frisco diesel and paint scheme. It's true -- I saw it on ebay! And that's indisputable!

    Here it is for the first time ever. I'll bet you guys didn't even realized it existed.

    Ken McElreath

  2. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Ken -

    Come on, now! It never had silver horns! :D

  3. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I gotta have one or maybe two. What about a B unit? snicker-snicker
  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I hate to say that it's not a true paint scheme but any one could have painted that and threw frisco decals on. :confused:
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  5. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Lets see, how many sharks did the Frisco have?????:confused:
  6. John Markl

    John Markl Member

    I thoroughly enjoy "what if" schemes, and models, but.....um....they should at least be plausible.

    In any event, whatever that guy was drinkin'....I'll try some.......it IS Fat Tuesday, after all.....:D
  7. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    I especially like the idea of the Coonskin on the Roof. That would make it easier for all of us with nothing better to do track it on the Internet.

    Bob Hoover
  8. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Uh-Oh.................Maybe I shouldn't laugh. Here is a pic of an AHM GP-18 I modeled back in the late 70's early 80's. Correct hood width though! (snicker-snicker)

  9. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Tim - I had one of those AHM GP18's done up as a Frisco GP7 also. Loved the handrails - scaled out to about nine inches in diameter in real dimensions! I had the RS2 also - done up in Frisco b/y as well. And a Rock Island S2.

    But, they ran (sort of) OK, and from a distance, they looked Frisco.

    Just shows how far we have come since then, given all the great Frisco models we have available to us now.

  10. grace65746

    grace65746 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Yeah I remember AHM came out with a GP-18 painted for Frisco, onlly what should have been the correct Mandarin Orange, was red. Also, the number on it was 923, which is the number for the SD-45, which was incorrect. I have one of these locomotives myself, and what I did was take some flat white model paint and modified the 9 into a 5,making it a 523. I also plan to grind off those 48" fans on the roof and get some cast 36" fans on top to make it even more accurate, then touch up with some flat red model paint and give it an light weathering effect to blend in so there won't be any noticable differences in the paint shade. I know that in addition to the red on the model, the FRISCO name is a bit oversized, but I intend to leave it that way just for nastalgia reasons. AHM released this model in 1975, either separate or in a set. Woolworth and later Woolco was the primary carrier of these items. I plan to purchase another one of these regardless of what roadname it is and make a black and yellow version as well. I like their performance since they are 8 wheel drive like the Athearn units and they are relitively cheap too.
  11. John Markl

    John Markl Member

    Hey, we all did what we had to do back then. My most memorable Frisco projects were taking some Athearn SD40-2s and GP38-2s, and with some careful sawing, coming up with Frisco SD38-2s and GP40-2s.......well before Athearn released their GP40-2.

    Oh, and the ten-spot in Mandarin and White, made from an Athearn SW Cow drive and an AHM SW1 body.

    Yah, you can buy almost anything today, but methinks it was much more fun making that stuff :cool:
  12. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Tim, I'm thinking it could very well be a special Frisco paint job to honor Chaffee H.S. and the community's connection to the SL-SF. It definitely is a "red devil." :)
  13. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Ken Mc,

    Do you know what did the Ebay lister get for his engine?

  14. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    This thing either did not sell and has been relisted, or ..... it did sell and, God help us, there is a second one! There is a new eBay listing of this "Frisco" engine, $9.99, 6+ days to go yet. He says it runs very well. Still a bargain!

    And ..... he is suggesting $21.50 for the ship/handling cost to the lucky buyer, in addition to the selling price.

    The Frisco would not have paid this much for a real Baldwin "Shark"!

    Jeeez! :eek:

  15. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    I can understand the high shipping. You want that baby packed safely.

    I think this same seller has a caboose out there too. If I had my bail out check, I could bid on this thing. Oh well.


  16. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Frisco.org Supporter

  17. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Don't you guys remember? The Alco rebuilds where such a success that they sent the Baldwins to EMD to be rebuilt. Yea they lasted well into the 70's the Frisco requently leased them out to other roads, which is why you won't find to many photo's of them. Oh, by the way how close to April 1st is it anyway!
  18. pensive

    pensive Member Frisco.org Supporter

    LQQK!!! Beware of ebayers that use excessive amounts of exclamation points!!!
  19. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    This is interesting. Out on Ebay now if you are interested.

  20. Looks like it is made from an old Athearn Bay Window Caboose. I've made a few "What if" engines before. I still have an ALCO RS-1 that I painted up with tall Roman letters on the long hood. A yellow coon skin on both ends. and some SL-SF lettering under the cab windows on both sides. I dont know the road No. It is at my Parents house.
    Ship it on the Frisco!!!

    :)Murphy Millican

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