Today I will start to post some pics of my seventh (!) Tetsudo Mokei Sha / Roco hybrid.
This particular one varies from previous models, as it has a drive from a Prussian E71 by Roco,
while previous conversions were built on Swiss Be4/6 underframes.
The Be4/6 is a perfect fit...
however it became boring to do the same thing over and over.
This is the loco - or what remained of her - as I bought it in California.
The E71 is a strange contraption... small steeple-cab body on an articulated frame, required extensions to accept pilot trucks.
First I tried with Rivarossi GG1 trucks... looked awful.
Too large, too modern for this old thing.
In the pictures its possible to see remains of the original E71 body...
the engine room / cab assembly is a casting that in fact is the frame that holds everything together.
Next try .... precious old PFM tender trucks..... exactly what I had in mind!
Built end platforms from diamond thread brass sheet, brass channels and brass wire - soldered PSC trolley pilots to them.
Right now I am assembling the body that has been painted Armor Yellow by now;
have removed the damaged louvers and replaced them with wire mesh.
Hope to be able to post pictures of progress in the next days.