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 Posted: Sun Aug 4th, 2019 10:12 am
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Have bought an orphan shell of a brass 900 Class diesel,
by Alco Australia, manufactured by Ajin.

Shell is banged up with some minor detail parts missing.
Have already built a drive, using brass sheet and NOS Ajin trucks + drive parts.

However, I am unable to find any pictures of the model online...
There are plenty of pictures of the prototype online.

Maybe one of our members from Down Under has one of those,
or has archieved pictures?


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 Posted: Sun Aug 4th, 2019 12:57 pm
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Hi corv8,


Eddie said you need some help with info on your 900 class shell.
 
The 900 class is a SAR loco, most were scrapped and only two saved, now in a museum.
I will check out the museum for you and send the link.


For a starter here is a link from Wikipedia,
best way to send a link that has a few pics, where you don't have to down size.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australian_Railways_900_class


I model different trains around the world.
 
Just bought a Mehano prestige ICE 3 8 car set, only one power unit,
plan to buy an early Christmas present, to buy the second power unit.

Also have the Thaly's TGV 13 car set.
Model American and English as well, on top of course, Aussie trains.


Tony from cool down under


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Gerold

Perhaps try the Ausnarrowgauge@groups.io,

and see if you have luck with a photo of the model version.





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Ken,

Ok.... wouldn't have expected info on a broad gauge loco from a N/G group.... will try.



Tony,

I think there are even three of them left, not bad for only ten built.

One of them allegedly will be converted to standard gauge....  ???

Have found a number of prototype pictures.




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" Have already built a drive, using brass sheet and NOS Ajin trucks + drive parts "



Hi (speedy) Gerold  :wave:  ;)



WOW ! ... Built a drive ALREADY !  :shocked:

You are  THE :cb: MAN  when it comes to re-motoring & drives.  :bow:



Looks like you got yer work cut out for you on the body.  :f:  L:

But I have every confidence ... it will  ROCK !  :pimp:



I found some interesting pictures on Google Images ... I'd never seen a 900 before.  :us:

























You reminded me in one of your other build Threads Gerold, of 'Duplicolour' rattle-cans ...  L:

... my Dad used to always use them on car repairs & SWORE  :P  by their 'stickiness' ... or whatever !  ;)



I painted some steel chair frames about 20 years ago, with some white 'Duplicolour' ...

... it's still on there, hard as nails & no rust coming through.  :)



I think my UK supplier CPC might sell the brand & their 'Etching Primer' as well ...

... gonna check 'em out again.  :thumb:



:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:



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Si,

Had her running two days ago, DCC and all,
but motor was to high and cardan shafts at a too steep angle...
had to cut a hole in the floor to lower the motor.
Next trial in ten minutes!

When you look at the picture of the two sun bleached locos,
with the little pickup to the right,
it's obvious that the carbody has a smaller cross section than an US diesel.
(Compare Blomberg truck size with carbody)

My first idea was to utilize a Proto E-7 chassis,
but no way to get this into the small body...
So she got a set of correct Ajin trucks I pirated from an Overland drive.

A fascinating prototype...
Think I will paint her in the original red + silver scheme,
but will letter her for my private road.




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Update...

Runs fine, almost noiseless now with the straight drive shafts.

However, body has to be raised a little, as the pilot touches the rails sometimes.


Pic from yesterday afternoon, before decoder installation. 







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Three weeks ago I used the body as a test mule, for a Tamiya rattle can, aluminum silver.

Test went well, paint looks smooth and uniform,
much better than most silver paints, which show an undesirable "metallic" glittering effect.

So continued with Duplicolor dark red (leftover from an Rock Island Oil Electric) also a success.

If I would have taken more care when masking, the paint would have been superb... 
So I had to touch up in various places.

Then had the challenge of finding substitute parts for missing wire mesh screens, and fans...
Cannibalized an old Athearn F7 shell for the fans,
and butchered a heavy duty hydraulic filter from an earth moving machine... 
This had a nice fine stainless mesh, folded around the main filter body... 
Had to flatten the mesh, but this went well.

Body is loose on the drive for pics only.
Will add glazing, decals and couplers this evening.

















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You're right that photos of the model are hard to find Gerold,
but I came across this Ajin based one by an Australian modeller, Shane McCormack. 





It would appear to have been shown at the "Modelling the Railways of South Australia Convention, 2017",
and if it's of any interest to you, you might get more information through them at

http://www.mrsac.com/




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Doug,

Thanks - you are a better researcher than me.
I only found some resin kits of this thing online.

The picture you have posted is definitely the same model as mine,
down to the spring loaded, two part cab door.

They even have painted the silver stripe differently on the sides and the nose,
apparently to simulate stainless steel panels.

And I now notice, my model still lacks the small "skirts" at the rear end.




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