I decided to go ahead and cut the front end off a boiler tonight to see how that would go. I did it to an extra boiler I have in case I messed it up. I didn't want to try this first with a boiler I had milled out. Cutting the front off the boiler went easier then I thought it would.
The prototype distance from the center line of the stack forward to the front end of the boiler is 2.5 feet. The length of the boiler to the end of the cab (30' 3") is correct with the prototype drawings for the number 461 K27.
I will mill out the inside of this boiler and it will be used on the my first K27. It is just sitting on the chassis for K27 number two.
I finished the boiler for K27 number 2 so that one has caught up with K27 number 1.
I am installing one of my All-Trol Radio Control Systems in the Tender of each of my HOn3 Kit-Bash K27's. To give me room for the RC Receiver and my Battery it is necessary to modify the Tender. I had to cut open the top of the Tender and mill most of the metal used for weight on the Tender chassis.
1a. Before and after shots. Looking through the top of the Tender.
1b. Looking through the bottom of the Tender.
2. To make the Radio Control Receiver easier to install I organize the wires. The gray and orange wires go to the motor on the engine. The red and black wires go to the Battery and the white, yellow and blue are for the front and rear lights. The blue wire is the common wire for the lights. I will solder tiny connectors to all wires and use heat shrink on the ends of all wire.
3. Everything ready to go into the Tender.
4. Ready to connect the wires.
5. The different wires that go forward to the motor and the lights.
6. I will add small connectors to the ends of all wire, plug it together and this part is finished. Using the All-Trol Radio Control System makes installing Radio Control in your trains very easy.
K27 number 450 had a Slope Back Tender. I don't think I have ever seen a Slope Back Tender made for sale in HOn3 so I decided to scratch build one. I started with this card stock pattern model. The Tenders in the background are in HO and S scale.
The size of the pattern model looks good and so I am going to build a Slope Back Tender like this model. If it turns out good enough I am thinking about using it as a "Mold Master" and cast some in resin.
Starting with an MDC (HOn3) 2-8-0 Tender I have Kit-Bashed a Slope Back Tender from it. The base dimensions of the stock Tender is about the exact dimensions of the Prototype Slope Back Tender from K27 #450. I have a little more work on the Tender but I am getting very close to having it finished.
This morning I found 4 or 5 K27's with the Slope Back Tender's listed at Caboose Hobbies in their "consignment" section.
This picture is of the Slope Back Tender used with a Westside Model Company K27 model #451. The Tender looks about as close to the MR Magazine drawings for the K27 #450 Slope Back Tender as I expect to find. I will use this picture to refine the details on my model.
The building part of my Slope Back Tender Kit-Bash is more or less finished. My plan is to send it off and have it used as a mold "Master" and cast a few resin Tenders. When making the mold all the detail parts such as the air tank, back tender steps and all wire detail parts will come off. Those parts are attached in a temporary way so they are only stuck on or glued with a water base glue. The coal storage area is covered over to allow the Tender to be molded as a one piece model. That part will get cut out on most of the Tenders I make. The steps will get glued back on along with all wire, detail parts and a back light will be installed.
Wow, what a nice piece of work! Excellent modeling Bill! This type of ground up rebuilding and intricate modeling has been my interest for years and seeing projects like this come together is a joy to view and follow.
bill, i was looking thru this thread again. i noticed one of the pix, it looks like you have the gearbox mounted in backwards. is that for more clearance? have you done any more on this lately? what motor are you using? any help is wanted...............steve
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