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 Posted: Mon Jun 24th, 2013 07:36 pm
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Talk on the On30 forum today about the vendor "The Spot" had me stumble across this at their website...



At $48 + $10 priority shipping, I ordered one. Plan is to bash it a bit to turn it into a Bell geared locomotive like this...



or this...



or even this...



Shipped within an hour of placing the order with The Spot and should be at my doorstep by the time I get back to OKC next week sometime. :)



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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2013 03:31 pm
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I bought the tender version of the new Bachmann G loco in hopes of conveting it to a Disney NWRR clone. The locos are very light weight and I have no
t run mine much but should be OK. I'll be interested in seeing what you do.
 

Next to a Kalamazoo 4-4-0 for size compare.....

Very simple locos and they dis-assemble easily and will modify well.....

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 Posted: Thu Jun 27th, 2013 02:56 am
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The last large scale lokie I bashed was a B'mann Porter. Started out a plain normal enough but morphed into something new.



Only items retained were the motor, drives, rods, half the frame, the domes and the smoke stack.





Of course there was my brief foray into 1:35n2 a couple of years ago where I did a major bash on a On30 Porter. Only half the metal frame, drives, rods and cylinders were used.



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 Posted: Fri Jun 28th, 2013 05:52 pm
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Dwayne,
KOOL!
Which Lipo did you use in the Davenport? I've got the same loco waiting for upgrade to R/C. Losi board came yesterday.
Don

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 Posted: Sat Jun 29th, 2013 06:04 am
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Don, used the 7.4V...

http://losi.com/Products/Features.aspx?ProdId=LOSB0862

I've been looking at a different RC setup for my engines put out by G Scale Graphics, in particular their Rail Boss Plus. A few dollars higher in cost but designed specifically for large scale.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 29th, 2013 01:07 pm
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THNX - that's the one I'm using also. I'll have to look into th G-Scale Graphics stuff. Keep in touch.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 3rd, 2013 03:21 pm
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When I got home the other day the newest acquisition for the Gopher was waiting for unpacking.





The plan is to simply use the drive mechanism, add a new boiler and cab to turn it into a Bell locomotive. Haven't decided if I'm going to make it a saddle tank or go with a small four wheel tender version, which would be a good location for the Rail Boss r/c components that will be installed.



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After burning up a Losi ESC in my Bachmann Davenport, the Gopher management has decided to install something a bit more heavy duty and purpose designed for large scale. I placed an order for the RailBoss yesterday afternoon. Today I'll head down to the local RC shop and see what kind of 2.4GHZ four/five channel TX's they have available.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 3rd, 2013 08:34 pm
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After meeting a friend at Hooters for lunch I headed over to the local RC hobby shop down the street and picked up a Spectrum DX5e. This TX will allow control of my battery powered lokies and the two live steam engines I have (once outfitted with servos).



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 Posted: Thu Jul 4th, 2013 03:15 am
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Three screws hold the cab/boiler assembly to the frame. The frame/motor/drivetrain will be modified. Other parts such as the smokebox door, headlight, smokestack saddle, sand dome and steam dome will like be dissected from the current boiler and reused. And of course the cab will be reconstituted and incorporated to the new engine after some modifications.



While breaking the engine down my wife mentioned that she liked the little blue engine. She can't figure out why I'd take a new 'toy' and change it. She's a sweetheart even if she doesn't get me or my hobby. :cool:



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