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!"
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.