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Here my 1953 Athearn RDC-1
It all metal body and power truck motor
It was rust up when got and taken half day
cleaning ant buffing out

First this was new old stock with lot surface rust
on it so i but in ultrasonic bath with vinegar then
use a Dremel and buffing wheel to remove blave color from metal




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More pic here
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Nice restoration work, Kenny!!
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She may not be as detailed as the $$$$$$ new Rapdio model, but she sure does shine.
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Also since they cut track maintaince the trains had huge trouble making over the railroad by the end
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They did a Rock Island volountarily
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I have a tray of 7 of the RDC's. I have 4 different body styles, all came powered. 5 were sold by Athearn. the fifth is an unpowered coach.
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Very nice lots you have there i been looking for other one over the year
with no luck
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Are these rubber band [Hi-F Drive] drive unit or motor truck like one i post
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Remarkable work, Kenny. Made a pile of antique scrap into a restored
beauty. Question, what is the nature of those holes drilled at different
aspects of the shell? I see similar ones on Frank's, but others look
like they got filled in. Also, I never knew this came with a truck
mounted motor.

I picked this one up a while back, ran the dickens out of it, eventually
toasting the motor. What I thought to be an easy fix was to simply
glue in another motor, and it worked great until I replaced the shell
and found the motor micrometers too tall and binding with the shell!
Back to the drawing board.
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quote:
Question, what is the nature of those holes drilled at different
aspects of the shell?
Originally posted by Chops124 - February 18 2018 :  1:54:49 PM


If you look at a full-size RDC, there's something attached to the car at the location of each of those holes, be it a placard or vent or whatever. Presumably, the model came with those parts, originally and those are mounting holes.

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Chops124

Thank for kind word
Like scsshaggy said there
something attached to the car at the location of each of those hole

Nature of those holes drilled at different
aspects of the shell for data plate
and ventilator vent.
And top middel is radiator
Yes the frist run RdC in 3/1953 have has pittman
motor power truck
and all metal boby and frame no plastic part
only for window strip



here photo of the assemby instructions sheet
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Funny picrture came up sideway here there are right on my comuter but not here
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* If anyone wants a project the whole tray is available. PM me if interested.
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Great work Kenny!

I have a question. Does anyone know if the powered "blue box" Athearn RDC bases will fit into the 1953 bodies?

I recently purchased two 1953 Athearn PRSL RDC dummy units and would like to find a powered unit to use to motorize one of the dummies.

Any difference in the quality of the 1953 vs blue box motors?

I never had one of these before, but they used to run through my town.

Thanks, Mark
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