The BLI SD40-2

Discussion in 'Diesel Locomotives' started by HWB, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. HWB

    HWB Supporter

    Fresh out of the box Frisco BLI SD40-2. I have not changed any of the factory settings. This is as delivered. I could do without the ditch lights and chicken wire radiator grills as the original motors were not equipped with either. Paint is a bit to red...not orange enough. Lettering is a bit off. They should have consulted Athearn and Atlas

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  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    At least BLI is consistent with built-in inaccuracy. Their lack of attention to such detail and lack of interest in simply asking just confirms to me that they are Building Limited Interest as far as I am concerned.
  3. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Yep, I agree.
  4. w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021)

    w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021) 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    For that much $, they could at least paint the hand rails white for us. The Athearn SD-45s also came with red hand rails. It sounds better than the BLI.
  5. Yeah no ditch lights please. Saved me some money!
  6. mike_newton

    mike_newton Member

    Kind of pricey for chicken wire grills, wrong pilot, ditch lights, handrail paint. I will pass.
  7. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Anyone know if the exhaust is suppose to be silver? Went and looked at some pictures and it was hard to tell, they were coated in black grime.
  8. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    I'm not even going to start commenting on BLI Frisco locomotive models again! These guys seem to be oblivious to the fact that many resources exist, being the best, to obtain the info needed to easily make their models near perfect. Instead they put out an approximation. Boo!

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2016
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  9. w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021)

    w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021) 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    They modeled the 4114 heavy mike with two-axle tender trucks and no dog house. But, it surely does run and sound great.
  10. HWB

    HWB Supporter

    Not money well spent. I have yet to tweak the sound but it does sound good right out of the box. And I'm going to try the Paragon 3 sound gimmick. Maybe that will make up for the other fails.
  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Hi Ethan
    Some of the later SD40-2's had exhaust silencers instead of a straight stack from the turbo, these silencers were Silver in appearance when new, but like you note, didn't stay that way long.
    A quick look at page 113 of the Marre/Sommers book shows the top of SD40-2 955. Without the silencer, so no Silver exhaust I don't think.

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