I'm somewhat of a newbie railroad modeler. I've toyed with things on an off for several years. I've mostly been a competitive R/C pilot of many disciplines. None of them scale, however. I decided that with the R/C flying getting to the point where I can't really build my own planes and be competitive that I needed a modeling hobby for the off season and modeling narrow gauge is just the thing I want to get into. After fiddling with On30 for the last several months I've decided to switch over to 1:35 scale. Why? Because I want to scratch build stuff and I like the larger size and the obscurity of the scale. Plus, Woodie and his modeling have been a major positive influence on me. So with all that said here is my first 1:35 scale project.
From the photos I think the first 2 might be standard gauge but that last one looks like a narrow gauge version.
I bought a 1/32 scale Model A ford plastic model to get the hood and radiator details. Everything else will be something else I find or I build myself.
The next thing I decided Id buy is the power system. I didn't see anything that immediately stood out as a match. All the HO power trucks have the wheels too far apart. I could settle for something like that because being completely true to scale isn't anything I'm interested in. I just want to capture the essence of this little guy without getting too anal about accuracy. So, I bought an HO 0-4-0 steam loco on Fleabay. I haven't received it yet. My thought is that it will have 2 large spoked wheels that are fairly close together. It might not be suitable but I only paid $9 for it so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here it is.
What do you think, will the little switcher make a decent power system?
Last edited on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 04:35 pm by mwiz64
It looks great to me You might want to keep the side rods, it would add some "action". That's nice valve gear also but a gas loco don't need no stinkin' valve gear. Here on FR, lilspike is looking for a slope back tender...maybe a swap? That's an old AHM (Rivarossi) loco and they were great runners. The plan comes together.
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Keep the side rods. Humm.. Not only will it add some "action", as you put it but it will make more sense since these wheels have counterbalances on them. Good idea! I wish I could find some wheels that looked more like the original since I think they are a big part of the character of this little guy but keeping the side rods is probably a good second place idea.
Last edited on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 04:49 pm by mwiz64