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 Posted: Mon Jan 13th, 2020 06:17 pm
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I've got this Bachmann On30 2-6-0,
and I want to remove the coal load from the tender. 

I want to make this an oil burner,
and will scratchbuild an oil bunker to cover over where the coal is now.










I want to remove the coal to make more room for electronics. 

The coal is a molded part of the tender itself.

Looking for suggestions on a clean and neat (easy?) way of cutting out the coal.




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Try using a moto-tool with cut off wheel at a slow speed.
Try to cut from below and then finish up with an Exacto chisel blade to get rid of the unwanted plastic.
This takes some time but with care it can be done.
Remember - S L O W cutting.

Woodie




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Michael


I did a similar conversion a while back,
by drilling a few holes, large enough for a coping saw,
then cut the coal load out.

Finished up with a sharp knife and file.


The oil bunker was made with LEGO block's,
rounded the corners,
then added a riveted styrene wrapper.




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Same way as Woodie,

works well but as Woodie said, slow and take it easy.

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Bachmann used to make an oil bunker conversion part,
but it is out of stock and can't seem to find one. 

I'll make one of my own to fit on top. 

Thinking of making it easily removable,
so that I can get to the charging plug on the battery. 
This will be RC of course.

I was kind of afraid that cutting out that coal load,
with a moto-tool or saw were my only options.

There is a mounting lug,
molded into the mess that attaches the shell to the floor
(look on the right side of the upside-down shell). 

Got to be careful not to cut that off.




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I would leave the part where the screw mounting tab is.

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Michael,
Just carefully cut the load out leaving some "meat",
to be removed with a chisel blade, etc. and some sanding.
Remember that the first cut is the "worst"...

C A R E F U L

Woodie

****** maybe this will help...
If I was doing this (and I have done this),
I would get rid of the "mounts" on the underside of the shell.
Get some .060 or .080 plastic strip, attach it to the inside of the shell at the bottom,
then position the shell on the frame and drill a couple of holes in the frame up into the plastic strip,
so you could attach the shell to the frame with small screws.
Then you'd have plenty of room for the lektronics, etc. ******




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" I did a similar conversion a while back,
by drilling a few holes, large enough for a coping saw,
then cut the coal load out.

Finished up with a sharp knife and file "



Hi BASHers  :dt:  :P


I've always used the Canadian Ken method ...  :moose:

... on everything from plastic parts, to aluminium panels.  L:

I have a snapped-off junior-hacksaw blade, mounted in a file-handle ...  :brill:

... no manicly moving motors & flying-fuzz or funny-fumes either.  :Crazy:


Gets a good job done every time, acurate     &      s   l   o   w   l   y      :slow:



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Rules for a successful hack job:

* measure ten times
* write down the ten results
* eyeball cut line
* fearlessly cut
* curse a lot

* order new part
* have a few drinks to calm down
* hobbies are fun!

Jose.




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It's making that first cut that is hard.

I need quiet, everyone out of the house, and maybe a drink.

Photos will follow.



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