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Just picked this up on eBay.

It's intended for an HO scale Bachmann Streamlined Trolley but I didn't like the look of the wheels.
I had an HO Bachmann S4 Diesel loco that looked like it might fit.
After a few hours with a file and an Xacto blade it looks like it was made for it.
 
The S4 is DCC ready and there's a ton of room inside the doodle bug if I don't worry about an interior. 
Since I'm doing dead rail this'll get RF control with sound. 

Also plan to add running boards and a big cow catcher at each end. 

Woohoo!

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Neat model and you did a great job with the conversion, but where's the motor supposed to represented on the outside of the model itself?
Looks like a coach sitting on top of diesel trucks...





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Lee - thanks for the comments. 

I was going for a shrunken down version of this one I saw in Strasburg, PA. 
Not sure where the motor is in this one.
 
The model is actually based on a real doodle bug and the motor and control cab were centerline with a stack going out the roof. 
I'm just having fun with this but if you have ideas to make it better I'm open to suggestions.

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I like the rounded corners. 
Looks like an old car adapted to a new use. 
Very nice.
 
Can it "hunker" a little more? 
Looks a little top heavy, but I like where it's going.  :thumb:




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Steven -

I'm going to have to do more carving on the frame but it definitely looks better hunkered down. 
That just looks "right" to me. 

Thanks.

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Lower now, must go lower...

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W C Greene wrote: Lower now, must go lower...

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Agreed.
The car looks great, but yeah, it's way too high right now.
As for where the 'motor' is, yeah, if you just somewhat copy the look of the Strasburg car's front end, it'll look great.
I've seen 'doodlebug' models with no signs of an engine or motor at all, They looked like runaway coaches!




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Whadaya think? 
Bottom edge of the car just above the wheels?
 
I'm working on cleaning up parts right now so this is a good time for suggestions. 
I'm gonna assemble the body and then shave out the floor a bit more so I can slide the body over the motor frame. 
Then I can adjust the height more. 

Pictures to follow.

- Tom


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I've got the body assembled with the roof left loose for access to the interior. 
I added running boards and am now working on cow catchers.

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