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 Posted: Sat Oct 15th, 2011 02:24 pm
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Hi All; I have a Kato HO switcher. Could it be used as a foundation for a 0n30 critter?

any ideas, thoughts (good ones), or is it totally :bang:. Lots of replies, guys , please.

all the best TonyC



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 Posted: Sat Oct 15th, 2011 07:11 pm
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Send us a photo of this Kato HO switcher and then maybe some ideas can flow. I have never seen one of these models.
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Im with Woodie on this one 1st need to know what kind of switcher you have 2nd what you like steam or diesel if you like steam you could bash something like a class A climax or something like the free rails logo loco if you like diesels do you want end cab center cab or box cab Give us some information so that we can give you some information

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 Posted: Sun Oct 16th, 2011 10:23 am
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Thanks guys, will post photo soon as I find the find container I put it in when I moved

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 Posted: Sun Oct 16th, 2011 10:52 am
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I do remember the model title ,Its a "EMD NW2"  In HO scale by Kato its a few years old . TonyC



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 Posted: Sun Oct 16th, 2011 03:04 pm
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Sounds like you choice is good. I myself have made critter conversions out of several things. Hope to see your work soon.
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 Posted: Mon Oct 17th, 2011 03:05 pm
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I'd agree - this loco offers scope for an On30 critter conversion (though I must admit that I've never tried this myself).

Someone posted pictures of one of these conversions on another forum site:

Kato NW2 On30 conversion on Zealot site


Although it wasn't the shortest of On30 critters, the basic recipe was very similar to a lot of conversions I've seen written up (in books and on the internet):
  • Take one fairly standard HO hooded diesel.
  • Widen the footplate.
  • Replace the cab with something larger.
  • Add / replace details like steps, exhausts etc to taste.
I haven't encountered this model myself but, a while back, someone on RR Line started a DCC conversion thread. They didn't finish their write-up, because someone else mentioned about a PDF write-up that already existed.

The pictures that were posted in that thread suggest that at least some HO Kato NW2s have split frames, which fill the original bodyshell.


Returning to the On30 critter conversions, I suspect you're probably looking at a choice - the HO hood with a large cab - or possibly a boxcab. Which you choose is up to you - and I wouldn't wish to influence you. (I'm not the one doing the work, or paying the bills!)

Whatever you go for, I hope you like the end result.


All the best,

Huw.

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And please take some pictures along the way, of the conversion. Might inspire others,


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 Posted: Tue Oct 18th, 2011 10:20 am
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Thanks guys for all your inputs, :thumb:Huw you wouldnt be influencing me (more like inspiring me)  Iwas thinking along the lines of a powered tool station" thingawatchyamacallit":Crazy:. I know what I mean ? Ive seen a picture some where,s. Any pictorial ideas will be warmly welcomed.

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Hi Tony,





I am sorry but I have only just read this thread.



I don’t know if these two totally freelanced models will give you any ideas but they just might.



They both use an old Blue Box Athearn SW7 chassis to power them but the Kato unit you have is a similar size.



Both of my switchers are used on my small 1/32 scale narrow gauge exhibition railway called Two Sister‘s farm. The layout is a bit of fun really and should not be taken too seriously.











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