Burlington Northern GP38 2B in 6 wide to go with 10133
About this creation
When Dean Earley announced on the Brickish Association forum that he was building a GP38-2B using parts from a 10133 BNSF set and linked to a photo of the real thing my curiosity was piqued. I did some research and found that it was a one-off built for the Burlington Northern and originally was in BN green/black.
As my current projects were at a standstill I decided to build it in the green and black and to keep it simple and six wide. To match the official 10133 BNSF set I used a combination of the instructions and references from Jake McKee’s book, Getting Started With Lego Trains.
The (unavailable in green) car door parts were replaced by 1x2 grill bricks and 1x2 tiles mounted on headlight bricks to give a similar feeling of texture. The nose replacing the cab was simple, but I felt that was so simple it lacked detail so I added a grill that is in real life mounted in an equipment door.
The logo and number took about 75% of the build time. They are printed on transparent sticky inkjet vinyl and stuck on white bricks. I could have made it easier for myself by using white vinyl but I didn’t have any! The hard bit was colour-matching the Lego green, on screen the final colour looks completely wrong but prints out pretty much spot on (closer in colour than the portholes in the Santa Fe anyway!)
(BTW If you are using an HP DJ840C the colour is 4ECE78 (use the best quality and set the media type to HP Premium Inkjet Transparency Film) If not then its still probably a good place to start.)