Coastal Engineering F7 or F9

Coastal Engineering F7 or F9

Postby scaro » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:02 pm

This maybe the best option for a TT scale F unit available, in so far as it looks more like a scale model than a toy, isn't the wrong scale and -provided you can get hold of one- it won't bust the bank.

The down sides however are that it does require some sanding to get it to look correct around the cab windows, you do need a mech to power it and I do not know if they are made any more.

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Coastal Engineering F9 1.jpg
Coastal Engineering F9 truck sideframes 2.jpg
Coastal Engineering F9  3.jpg
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Re: Coastal Engineering F9

Postby scaro » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:04 pm

.. some more pics
Coastal Engineering F9 4.jpg
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Re: Coastal Engineering F9

Postby jmass » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:06 pm

i was not aware that coastal engineering was makeing f units? joe
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Re: Coastal Engineering F9

Postby scaro » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:08 pm

I can't find much information about it really. I used to have one ages ago and didn't know who had made it. No idea where the masters are or if they are made now as I believe Coastal Engineering wrapped up and handed over their stuff to someone else.
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Re: Coastal Engineering F9

Postby jmass » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:11 pm

i believe they handed most of there stuff to pvm which is now defunct. seems to be the story of this scale!
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Re: Coastal Engineering FP9 (?)

Postby scaro » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:04 pm

This unit has arrived and I've changed the title slightly as while it's a mixture of things, it's closest to an FP9 ... it is the length of an FP7 or FP9 (54'8") and has the correct number of louvres for an FP9 but the forward porthole is located too far back.

truck sideframe castings are nice, but nearer 10' wheelbase than 9', making me think it may have been designed for a european chassis ?

overall a pretty nice set of castings.
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Re: Coastal Engineering F7 or F9

Postby Marquette » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:57 pm

Could this have been the source of the Tillig model?
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Re: Coastal Engineering F7 or F9

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:12 pm

Marquette wrote:Could this have been the source of the Tillig model?


I don't think so. I can tell from just the curves of the front - don't need to look at anything else.

As far as I know the Tillig model is based on a Rokal shell.
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Re: Coastal Engineering F7 or F9

Postby Marquette » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:26 pm

Ah, okay. I've never actually seen the Tillig unit. But the nose of the F units is something I don't think any model in any scale has gotten right, ever...
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Re: Coastal Engineering F7 or F9

Postby areibel » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:05 pm

This has gotten me curious, so I sent Jim an email to see where he came up with the master for that one. I'm pretty sure his was out before the Lionels, and way before the Tillig. And maybe some of our German friends can provide more info, but I think the Tillig is based on a narrowed Rokal F unit? And I don't think Tillig actually produced the resin shells, just the chassis?
And there is one accurate F unit- the HO Highliners shell (now the Athearn Genesis line). Paul Lubliner started working on them from original EMD prints in the late 80's, and they're still the ones to beat! The really neat thing was you got the basic body and could detail it to match any F unit from an F2 to an F9, something still not done with any other model in any other scale.
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