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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2006 05:16 pm
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I know this is more of a scratchbuild/kitbash topic but because it is HO, I thought I might share with the HO crowd a little project I have been working on. Although not complete yet, I would like to maybe get a thread going on it, and hope to get others ideas about using inexpensive drivelines for there own creations. I used pics from a Mason Bogie for my guidelines but, without some modifications that I was not really willing to do at the time, this is what I am making. I really don't want to be a rivet counter so I just went for it.

I collected a few parts.





Made a layout on the computer, by scaling down a picture of a Mason Bogie and glued it to a piece of brass sheet and cut it out on a commercial die saw, but a small power jig saw would work fine.



Made a few bends, and did a little soldering....hmmm looks like a cab comming together!



A test fit and test run, after a few minor adjustments, and ended up moving the motor back about a quarter inch for a better boiler/cab fit and better gear mesh to the worm than the factory location.



So this is about where the project stands right now, I have to add some windows, a light, boiler cover, bell, and a slew of other little details I have set aside. I will be posting a few new pic's on my little brass retrofit as I near completion. Working with brass has taught me alot and I sure would like to hear of any others brass work experience and tips, as I will plan to do more brass building in the future, and need all the help I can get.

Well my Mason Bogie project has neared completion, and I thought I would share a couple of pictures of it finished.



 Out for a test ride...whoo Hoo!!!



Wish I had a better camera, the fine details just are not evident.



Headed back to the roundhouse, we will let her cool down a little until called upon for a route. It's been a fun build, and I'm sure I can find a few more odds and ends to finish it up in time. Thanks for letting me share a little side project on FreeRails. Well back to the drawing board, got a few more projects under way!

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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2006 05:27 pm
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Looks Great Jim.



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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2006 05:54 pm
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Jim..Thanks so much for posting this......saved me the trouble....Love it great job!:dude:



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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2006 06:04 pm
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Fantastic Jim, i think i said that before. All the years ive been in this hobby i have yet to try something like this................you got some brass  there buddy LOL

It will be nice to see her running :)



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Hey Jim,

The model is looking excellent. Can't wait to start my own brass project, this pumps me up even more!!! So are you planning on painting and decaling it???

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 Posted: Mon Jan 30th, 2006 04:27 am
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That is so sweet Jim... I can't wait to see it painted and weathered, thanks for sharing :)

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Must have totally overlooked your fine project :bang:

That's definitely a 3 :moose::moose::moose:job!

Just a question: What is the original loco you started with?



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James you have excelled again. that is a little gem congratulations.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 28th, 2006 04:58 pm
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That's one neat little machine, James....Super job.......A little weathering in the works?:cb::cb:

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Thanks for the kind words on this one. Todd, the drive line was an inexpensive Life Like chassis that I ended up doing more modifications on than expected. I had to wire the back trucks for power as the drivers couldn't provide a good uniform feed to the motor for smooth operation. I perfer the old MDC kits for my drive lines but the rising costs of the old kits on ebay has me looking for cheaper options. I had the loco out on the layout today for a little while, and while it now runs well, I probally won't be using it much as a day to day runner. It will reside in the roundhouse for now and spend its time as a rung on my ladder as I learned alot from building this and will use many of the things I learned on my next ones in the future. Beware though, playing around with brass is addictive for sure!



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