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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.