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'Joe Works' Shay - HOn30 Basket Case - To Sweet Running Engine !
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 Posted: Sun Jan 18th, 2015 04:45 am
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Bill Fornshell
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Joe Works Shay - HOn30 Basket Case - to Sweet Running Engine

I don't even remember when I bought this Joe Works Shay but it must have been a bargain. It was started but had been super glued together not soldered and was a bit sloppy. The rear truck was attached along with some of the line shafts etc. A model maker in Japan was recommended to me to fix and get it running. I contacted him and he requested pictures. I sent them along with pictures of my HOn30 Heisler. He replied that he could do both and gave me a price which included painting as long as I wanted Black. He could do a custom paint job but that would add to the cost. I wanted black anyway so the paint color was settled. As Henry once said you can have any color as long as it is black. I thought the cost was very reasonable and shipped him both models.

His first comment after receiving them was that the he recommended removing all the super glue and starting over on the Joe Works Shay and soldering the model back together. I agreed and he went to work.

This is what the Joe Works Shay looked like when I got it:

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Fast forward a couple months to this morning when I got both models back from Japan.

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Three Shay engines, top is the Joe Works 13 Ton HOn30, center is my NWSL #122 Mich-Cal #2, 13 Ton HOn3 and bottom is my Keystone Shay HO 18 Ton.

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This is a NWSL Mich-Cal #2, HOn3 13 Ton Shay. It is as "new in the box" as any model could be and it runs like a Swiss Watch. I have only had it a couple weeks. It was built as C/N 122 with an is as built in 1883.

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2015 my "Year of the Shay" is off to a great start.

Last edited on Thu Mar 31st, 2016 09:32 pm by Bill Fornshell

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 Posted: Sun Jan 18th, 2015 12:52 pm
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Kobayashi-San? He and Katsumi have been very helpful to me with Japanese models. I bought a reissued Sango 2-6-0 Dachs kit, and he was able to send me a complete set of instructions in English, and they both have been helpful getting hard to find Japanese items to me.

It gets better: Toma is planning on releasing a Shay early this year. I keep checking his blog to see when.



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 Posted: Sun Jan 18th, 2015 02:36 pm
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Marsh_Creek wrote:
Kobayashi-San? He and Katsumi have been very helpful to me with Japanese models. I bought a reissued Sango 2-6-0 Dachs kit, and he was able to send me a complete set of instructions in English, and they both have been helpful getting hard to find Japanese items to me.

It gets better: Toma is planning on releasing a Shay early this year. I keep checking his blog to see when.


Hi,

Kobayashi-San? Yes you guessed it right.

If Toma or someone would bring out a good running and scaled right new HOn30 Shay I will be buying several.

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Nice locy Bill !



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