This is my first time posting here. I've been interested in building in Fn18 scale for some time now due to an interest in Fn3. S gauge (22.42mm) works out very nicely to 18" in F scale (1:20.3). Without suitable track and model.
Here is my concept model.
Here is my progress so far.
My motive power consists of a model power hustler that has been regauged by extending the axles with brass tubing. Track was hand laid with code 100 rail. Switches are atlas snap switches that were regauged. I'm currently test running with a battery pack but am planning on a remote control system.
Interested to hear from any one also interested in this scale/gauge combination.
Last edited on Sat Apr 20th, 2013 04:43 pm by pmkramer
Don't know of anyone modeling in that specific scale/gauge, but our most prolific poster started modeling narrow gauge, 1/35 or 1/32 (depends on his mood and the juxtaposition of the planets) on HO track, and now has a growing group of converts--so you just might be a pioneer starting a trend.
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I don't know who Herbie is talking about. It took me a while before I learned what F scale was. I still model in what could be called M scale...or military scale. However, I don't care for letters, I am that way. 1:20.3n2 sounds great, you might have more guys interested in this than you think. Carry on, it looks cool to me.
Thanks for the comments. I am planning on making my locomotives remote control. For right now, I have it wired to a AA battery pack so I could test out my track. This was my first time hand laying track, not too hard. I'm going to focus now on kitbashing my locomotives and then start builind some ore tippers.
I've made some progress on my battery tram locomotive and have some pics to share.
The wheel sets are FN18 wheels I purchased from Gary Raymond. I have enough wheels to make 8 skips. I attempted to make some frames from bending plastruct u channel but was unsuccessful. I may try using brass channel.
The locomotive has a Del Tang RX-60 powered with 4 AAA battery pack. I've been very impressed with how it works, excellent slow speed.
Last edited on Mon May 26th, 2014 01:22 am by pmkramer
There hasn't been much progress unfortunately since the layout has been in storage for over a year. I did enlarge it to 3'x5' which required relaying some track. Most recently I glued up the foam for the cliff face which I'm going to carve.
I have made some more progress. I've started carving the rock cliffs and laid the 3' gauge track. Currently I have mock ups for the buildings and trestle.
My plan is to build some log cribbing like this.
I collected some ponderosa pine twigs to make the cribbing but am unsure they will work. It seems hard to find ones straight enough and without insect damage. I think I will try looking for another species. I hope I can find something that will look correct. I am a little concerned about the amount of cribbing visually and may extend the trestle or something else.