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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2012 02:55 pm
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OK guys-here is a thread that shows how it is to use an inexpensive HO mech. and build a neat On30 brass loco with it. This is another thread from the way back machine that should be seen again.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2012 03:12 pm
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Yep... That was a good find.

Thanks Woodie.

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steammodeler wrote: 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.


 HMMM? well steammodeler: Sounds like an invitation to join in with inexpensive ( cheap) driv mech. So I will. If you did not mean it that way sorry to hi-jack your thread .

I built this a few years back , it started one night when I was poking around in the "Locomotive Cyclopedia" and ran across plans for this Cherry Valley Tank Engine --- which I think was the same one used to make Bachman's spectrum model. I remembered that I had a Mantua- Tyco ? 0 6 0 chassis sitting in a box of junk somewhere -- Hmmmm ? Could I use that as the basis for a brass tank engine. I dug it out and decided I could , first I had to see if it ran --- DID it EVER --- durn thing ran like a scalded cat!! Pretty typical of Tyco stuff. So the FIRST order of business would be to slow it down -- I built a 2 to 1 reduction gear transmission for it and wired it for directional lighting. There is no motor mounted in this pic but here is a picture of the type of motor I used --with this setup the loco ran strong and much more in keeping with scale speed.These motors are part of a bunch of instrument motors I bought surplus a few years back , about a buck apiece and super motors --almost no current draw , quiet, they will run at 1 /2 volt up to 18 !-- wish I had a zillion of EM!



 
























I did use a few commercial detail parts , bell, whistle, compressor , pilot , etc . I also notice that I had not mounted the headlight yet and that a step is gone on the rear --- like my friend Lynn Austin used to say "always leave something for the rivet counters!"

 Thanks for looking,

                              Dave


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Very nice work, Dave!

Brass has many advantages over plastic for scratchbuilding, just takes a little longer----


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HIYA....


If you had a few 0-4-0's in a box that sure would make a dandy brass version of MDC 's baby mallet!!!

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I was just reviewing this thread after a couple of years. Wow, I remember the Mason construction well and still have the locomotive on the shelf. Always wanted to build another Mason after I got into photo etching but the McKeen motorcars really won my etching interest with the Mason Bogies a close 2nd.
Really nice work by Hicounteryscratcher, Dave. Brass modeling has always kept my interest.

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