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 Posted: Sat Jun 11th, 2011 05:24 am
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Bill Fornshell
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Last week I bought an old V&T, C-17, Conversion Kit. This kit uses a MDC HOn3 2-8-0 as the base kit. I have bought a few V&T kits before but had never seen this one. It is from the old days unlike the re-mastered / re-issued kits now being sold by Keith Wiseman so I wasn't sure what kind of condition the parts would be in. This kit also did not have instructions with it. I called Keith and asked about a set of instructions for the C-17. He did a quick search and found the instructions. He said he would scan them and send me a copy. He also said this kit is on his list of V&T kits to re-master and re-issue.

I had to do some searching to find a couple of pictures of the C-17 but haven't been able to find a set of drawings yet. I also discovered that a C-17 is one of the restored locomotives at the Roundhouse Museum in Durango, CO

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I received the kit in todays mail. It was interesting looking at the parts and trying to figure our how I was going to build it. No instructions yet.

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I got out one of my HOn3, 2-8-0 kits and laid out the parts. Then I started thinking about how I was going to start. I needed to remove some of the frame and started by cutting ash box (I think that is what that part is called) off the frame. This was like I modified the frame on my K-27 bash some time ago.

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For my first day on this project I think I have done well. I plan to install the stock MDC running gear and wheels and then wait for the instructions to see what they suggest for valve gear and wheels.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 11th, 2011 10:13 am
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Well, that's very interesting. I hadn't been aware of this either, but now I'll keep it in mind, since I have a few of the Roundhouse HOn3 2-8-0s around. Other than the boiler and cab being metal instead of urethane, though, it seems to be pretty similar to the derelict C-16 I posted about here.

By the way, Durango Press makes a D&RGW narrow gauge style box headlight like the one the locos in the photos have.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 11th, 2011 02:31 pm
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These are a few of the detail parts that come with the kit:

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 Posted: Sat Jun 11th, 2011 10:08 pm
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I wasn't aware of this kit either, really cool! I'll await your build with bated breath!

Too bad they don't make a similar set-up for the outside frame roundhouse to convert it into a c-21.



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 Posted: Sun Jun 12th, 2011 10:09 am
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The outside frame is actually pretty big, too big for a C-21. However, I had a project to make it into CB&Q 537 but don't know where it is. That would have been another great conversion kit!

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I found a comment in a magazine article where the author said that years ago he built an MDC HOn3 2-8-0 outside frame engine closely resembling the D&RGW C-21 no. 360.

The article was about building ON30 C-21 & C-25 look-alikes from the Bachmann Outside Frame 2-8-0. I sent him an email asking about pictures and if he did a "How-To" for the MDC - C-21. If he sends anything I will post it.

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24a. Boiler bottom modified to allow motor installation, frame modified to attach motor.



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Great conversion Bill, you are an artist!!!:bow:



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It runs but I am going to replace the valve gear as soon as I can. I am also lowering the boiler a bit.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 09:32 am
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Very nice work, Bill. It seems to me like not much of the original locomotive makes it into the new one!



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