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HO P4 F3B Diesel SF #28B/Warbonnet DC/DCC Sound

SKU: BLI8168 Category:
Scale: 1/87In Stock: NoRelease Date: FALL23
MSRP: $289.99Minimum Quantity: 1


The EMD F3 is a 1,500 horsepower diesel locomotive
built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division between 1945 and
1949.   The F3 was the third model in EMD’s
successful F-unit series of cab unit diesels, and it was the second
most produced of the series behind the F7.  The F3’s were
widely used in both freight and passenger service, and in total, EMD
built more than 1,100 A-units and almost 700 B-units. 

In this production, we are modeling A and B-units
(where appropriate) from eight railroads with prototypically accurate
road numbers and paint schemes.  We are offering A-B sets with
Powered A-units (w/ Paragon4 Sound) and unpowered B-units, and also
separate single A and B-units with our full Paragon4 DC/DCC/Sound
system.  All of our models have road-specific details and

List of individually controllable lights in our EMD
F3 models:

  • Headlight

  • Mars Light (where applicable)

  • Numberboard Lights

  • Classification Lights

  • Cab Light

Road-specific detail options in this production,
prototypically accurate for each road name:

  • Three pilots options – each included where

  • Nose door with and without headlight

  • Horizontal and 45-degree numberboards

  • Three different horns

  • Water fill hatch location varies per road name

  • Prototypically accurate filter panel

  • Sand fill hatch location

  • Dynamic brake hatch style

  • Cooling fans and exhaust hatch accurate per each

  • Winterization hatch present where prototypically

  • Steam generator style

  • Four MU door options on front of model

  • Ladder rest grab irons present where prototypically

  • Grab iron ladder present on NP model

  • Eyebrow grab irons present where prototypically

  • Grab irons above cab side windows where
    prototypically accurate

  • Roof antenna present and correct where
    prototypically accurate

  • Nose lift lug brackets present on NP and PRR types

  • Rear lift lug brackets present on NP and PRR types

  • Nose door number plate present on ATSF and SOU

  • Trainphone antenna present on PRR models


Industry-leading Model Features


  • Paragon4 Sound
    & Control System featuring ROLLING THUNDER

  • Integral
    Dual-Mode Decoder with Back EMF for Superb Slow Speed Operation in DC
    and DCC

  • Precision Drive
    Mechanism Engineered for Heavy Towing and Smooth Slow Speed Operation

  • All Wheel
    Electrical Pick-up

  • ABS Body with
    Die Cast Chassis for Maximum Tractive Effort

  • Premium Caliber

  • Prototypically
    Accurate Paint Schemes and Road Numbers

  • Many Separately
    Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Horn, Bell, Wipers, and
    Etched Metal Grills

  • Prototypical
    Light Operation

  • Prototypically
    Accurate Sounds for the EMD F3 Diesel Locomotive

  • Metal
    Kadee-compatible Couplers (2)

  • Will Operate on
    Code 70, Code 83, and Code 100 Rail

  • Minimum
    Operating Radius:  18 inches



Limited Imports is proud to introduce Paragon4: The new benchmark for
premium HO sound-equipped locomotives. These DC and DCC-Sound equipped
locomotives feature the ALL-NEW Paragon4 sound and control system. Each
Paragon4 locomotive comes with BLI’s own integral DCC Decoder factory
installed.  Paragon4 locomotives offer Dual Mode DC and DCC
operation with superb back EMF motor control, improved DC motor
control, built-in capacitor pack for more reliable electrical pick-up,
industry best on-board sound with Rolling Thunder functionality, Pro
Lighting Mode for prototypical light control, Switcher model for
precise low speed control, recordable DCC operation for automated
playback, and the same excellent detail level as Broadway Limited’s
Paragon3 Series models. 


Paragon4 Sound
& Control System

  • Operates in DC
    & DCC with improved DC speed control (use DCMaster for DC Sound)

  • Built-In extra
    capacitance to navigate imperfect track

  • Pro Lighting
    Mode offers individual control of all lights on model

  • Switcher Mode
    for precise low speed control

  • Record &
    Play Operation – Records and plays back sounds and movements once or
    repeatedly for automatic operation

  • High Resolution

  • Quillable Horn
    for various whistle lengths and patterns

  • Choice of 3
    selectable Horns

  • Alternate
    Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam
    whistle – both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played

  • Adjustable bell
    ringing interval for faster or slower bell

  • Numerous
    user-mappable functions with available keys

  • Multiple
    realistic passenger and crew sounds play on command

  • Grade Crossing
    Automatic Signal

  • Automatic
    Forward / Reverse Signal

  • Prime Mover
    sound intensity varies with load

  • Individually
    adjustable sound volumes for each effect

  • EZ Reset Button
    for quick return to factory default settings