|View single post by corv8|
|Posted: Tue Mar 19th, 2019 09:52 pm||
|Today I want to show you my latest project -
a derelict Interurban coach body that I will complete and set up to operate on DCC.
First, a little background ... unfortunately, much of what I know is guesswork and incomplete.
Frank Schlegel is supposed to have been a pioneer in HO modeling.
He was mentioned in old Trolley publications, and every few years one of his models shows up at evilbay.
Apparently he choose the Illinois Traction as a prototype for his cars, most obvious at the model of the combine.
The front and the turtle roof are pure IT, otherwise he took modelers license.
This is my combine - bought it at Chicagoland Hobby twenty years ago, painted and completed it back then.
As I had no access to vintage power trucks back then,
I installed a modern Kleinbahn truck from an Austrian diesel hydraulic railcar.
Then there was a box motor too... the IT never had one as elegant as this one.
It came with an vintage Lindsay power truck.
Unfortunately I will have to replace this with something else,
as I know of no way to insulate the brushes from the motor casting, so DCCing is impossible.
Recently, I added another combine to my roster... it will be lettered for my private line.
Finally, after twenty years I discovered there is a matching coach too...
That's what I got... first it got a bath in boiling detergent solution to remove the old paint.
Basking in the sun, on shop trucks...
Now for the missing floor and roof...
Fabricated a floor from 0.8 brass sheet, and installed old Walther Baldwin trucks.
Regarding the roof, I was lucky to have some parts from a pirate copy of a Schlegel coach in my parts inventory.
Obviously, back then various small outfits did soft metal castings of someone elses models...
Often wonder about the legal background?
Anyway, I had the required roof.
Had to shorten it a little, looks good.
Wonder how to finish it... maybe in traction orange, to match the IT combine, but lettered for my private line?