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 Posted: Tue Jan 28th, 2020 04:08 pm
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Woodie

I sure do remember them.
As a school teacher they were way out of my budget then.

I found a photo of one on Google Images,
and the price for it used was $300 (still out of my budget!).

I am going to have fun converting some of my N scale steam engines to HOn30,
using parts from Shapeways.

Regards, Dave L.


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Because I will be using converted N scale engines with the Rapido couplers,
I converted one of the passenger cars to a transition car. 

I had a lot of  four wheel trucks from converting N scale to Micro Train couplers,
so I used one of them on this combine. 

It was not a simple exchange,
because I had to remove part of the new car to make it ride level. 

My big finger broke the truss rod,
it'll get fixed some day. 

Regards, Dave L.  





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Here is one of my planned projects,

an N scale loco with a modified cab and boiler from a full sized HO shell behind it.

Regards, Dave L. 





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Will be looking in on your progress, Dave.
Your plans seem straight forward.

Woodie, one of the Sango 2-6-2s sold recently on ebay for about $200.
Said it was incomplete, needs work.
The pony and trailing trucks were definitely missing.

I've been wobbling between HOn30 and On30, leaning towards the small size,
IF I can resolve that I can go simple RC for it.
I know I can, for the On30.

Looking at doing the 2-6-2 conversion of a Bachmann N scale mech,
with kit from Marsh Creek, and a tender from Myner Models.
Hopefully the tender will have the room for the RC components.

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Jim,

I happen to have one of those tender shells and took some quick measurements. 

I get (approximate) 1.5 x .5 inches and about 3/8 inches deep. 

It is deeper under the water bunker part of the shell. 

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I got out some of my projects today. 

Here are cabs in various combinations. 

The white one is a Shapeways,
and the others are ones I have cut down from the original HO boiler. 

The cab in front needs finishing. 

The original shells are in back, left and right.  

Regards, Dave L. 





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Here is a better shot of the Shapeways cab next to the HO boiler. 

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Another planned project is converting a MDC 2-8-0 to HOn30. 

I have a Shapways kit designed for this engine. 
A cab, stack and domes, and a front pilot (not in the photo),
and a longer tender shell make up the kit. 

I will remove the boiler from the chassis, cut off the domes,
and add the new parts and re-paint. 

Finished locos are shown on the Shapways web site. 

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A while back I had the notion that I could convert my N scale layout to HOn30.

But, being N scale, would the HO trains fit the tunnels ?

Here is the result. 

I didn't actually run a train through the tunnel so I don't know how it will work.

But they will fit through the portals. 

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Your engineer just applied for a job with me...


Said something about you being one dangerous crazy SOB.

On a mission to get people killed....


I just humored him.  ;)




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