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Jeff Dingman Gallery 1

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Jeff started modeling the train in HO scale in early 2011. The train will be as he saw it at age 4 in Rochester, NY in 1975.

 
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In this 'before' shot, the basis of his first flatcar and loads can be seen -- an 85' Athearn Pacific Fruit Express flat car, two Athearn 20' intermodal containers, a rather modern forklift by Wiking, and a Chevy Blazer by Trident.
 
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The Blazer was the first piece painted and decaled. The forklift took considerable altering to create the forklift used in 1975. Many details were added to the containers to create two of the AFT's ten wagons.

 
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Modeling the Splendid Spirit started with this Santa Fe observation car by Bachmann Spectrum.

 
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The finished car. Note the prototypical antenna on the roof at the tail end of the car! A nice touch.

 
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The 'AFT-ization' of a Wiking forklift model...
 
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Work in progress -- rebuilding the back end.
 
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Constructing a roll cage.
 
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Completed roll cage.
 
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Jeff's completed, painted and decaled American Freedom Train forklift.
 
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Brass Mohawk tender found on an internet auction.
 
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Primered with a brass cover over the coal bin and a new Kadee coupler.
 
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Car 200 and the aux tender just as they appeared in Rochester, NY on the real AFT!
 
 
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