An 8-wide model of a Fairbanks-Morse H-16-44 Road Switcher Diesel Locomotive.
About this creation
This is a scale model of a Fairbanks-Morse H-16-44 road switcher diesel locomotive in which 1 stud's width on the model is equal to 15 scale inches. Using this scale, a minifig is about 6 feet tall while the engine is over 54 feet long, approximately 10 feet wide, and about 17.5 feet high. It is an 8-wide Lego engine, and is approximately 43 studs long - not counting the couplers - and is just under 12 bricks tall. This is my first fairly-sucessful execution of this - or any - scale locomotive, I called this version the Mk. I. Aside from the dual motorized trucks, the locomotive has negligible moving parts (with the exception of a door on the long hood which reveals some SNOT-work inside and the tool chests under the walkway) but does feature a cab which is removable in two sections - the roof and the interior. The roof rests on tiles and is kept in place by a raised 1x4 toward the short hood end, while the cab is kept in place by a series of jumper plates. The cab's design was hugely inspired by that of Kenneth Nagel's United States Army 8-wide locomotive, which can be found here.
You can see a few details are unfinished still - the rear door is missing a 1x3x1 door to make it the full height, which apparently I forgot to add before taking these pictures. Also, the handrails themselves are still missing - I'm looking for a good quantity of 3mm flex hose for this, which will leave only the decals to be done. I might change the horns to the chrome airhorns in the future, but the dark bley loudhailers will remain for now.
Lastly, I thought I would share this resource with anyone wanting to build this model - it offers examples of the paint schemes used on this engine by the railroads that actually operated them. New Haven, Erie Lackawana, ATSF, Southern, New York Central, and other paint schemes would all be possible using currently-available Lego pieces.