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 Posted: Thu Mar 24th, 2022 05:44 pm
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Dave

There is a pitfall with those cabeese.

When the cupola is occupied,
the feet of the guys up in there,
would be dangling behind the baggage door.

I had this situation with an Ambroid combine,
so shifted the cupola a little
(well, a little more would have been better)
toward the passenger compartment.

Originally it was located over the door.

Anyway, I like all your small freight cars ! 







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 Posted: Thu Mar 24th, 2022 06:29 pm
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Thanks, Gerold.

I had to decide on which end to put the cupola.

I reasoned that a ladder up to a sitting area in the cupola,
could better be placed in the baggage area instead of sitting area.

I wonder how it was in a real caboose ?

I'm having a lot of fun with this HOn30,
but it is SO TINY !!

Regards, Dave L.  

P.S. That is a great model !


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 Posted: Thu Mar 24th, 2022 08:06 pm
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David Laughery wrote:

I had to decide on which end to put the cupola.

I reasoned that a ladder up to a sitting area in the cupola,
could better be placed in the baggage area instead of sitting area.

I wonder how it was in a real caboose ?


Dave

I have fallen in love with HOe again after 40 years too,
and yes, this things are sooo small.

I skip DCC and lighting for the moment,
as my eyes are not up to the task. 


Here are some pics.
of the area under the cupola of real cabooses.

Caboose Photos

Basically, underneath the cupola,
shouldn't be a door or any accomodations.

Most practical would be cabinets / lockers.

You can cheat a little,
as the occupants need only room for their feet
in the center of the cupola.

Like I did on my work caboose.




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 Posted: Thu Mar 24th, 2022 08:11 pm
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Afterthought:

How about making the window next to the baggage door blind
(or the middle window)
and put the cupola over it ?

This would be sufficient for leg room.

Or, you simply tell the door was locked permanently,
when the car was converted from a tiny combine,
and the cupola was added.




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 Posted: Fri Mar 25th, 2022 12:32 am
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Gerold

I'll go with your last suggestion.

:apl:

Regards, Dave L.


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I've found that to make clearance for the coupler boxes,
on these old Rapido coupler equipped N-scale trucks,
I needed to remove the lips on the end of the underframe.

I'm not sure if that would be necessary,
if Micro-Trains trucks were used.

Regards, Dave L.  





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 Posted: Sun Mar 27th, 2022 09:00 pm
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Today I started to test fit the Shapeways kit for the MDC 2-8-0
I got the boiler off the chassis and removed the N scale cab.

I can't get the new HO cab to seat completely down on the boiler,
so I'll have to do some fiddling to get it right.

:sad:

I was not expecting the boiler to be a metal casting,
so the anticipated easy removal of the small domes,
will now require cut off discs and grinding with the Dremel.

This is not going to be as easy as I was hoping.

Regards, Dave L.  


Update:

The kit I have is for the Bachmann 2-8-0 and not the MDC.
No wonder it is not a perfect fit !





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 Posted: Tue Mar 29th, 2022 02:39 pm
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I've finalized my plan for a 2'x6' HOn30 layout.

I have the frame and Luan plywood top in the garage.

The water area will need a lot of bridges.
I have enough N-scale track, turnouts, and bridges to build this.

There will be no tunnels or high mountains,
so that I can reach all parts easily from my wheelchair.

Wiring will be pretty simple...
One black wire, and one red wire.

As soon as the weather warms up, we can work on the deck,
my son and I can begin the project.

Regards, Dave L. 





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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2022 04:34 pm
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I finally decided to buy a Bachmann 2-6-0
and this seller was offering one at a fair price.

It was stated as new.

His photo of the detached side rod one one side,
suggested that it would be a simple repair.

I've included his photo.


Not only was it not one little side rod needing attached,
BOTH sides of valve gear were totally apart hanging loose.

This is not the first time I have been burned on eBay,
by incomplete descriptions or misleading information.

All I can say is buyer beware.
The seller does not accept returns.

Regards, Dave L.  










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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2022 06:01 pm
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After being in touch with the seller
he has offered to take back the engine.

I'll be out $26 on shipping both ways.

:td:

Regards, Dave L.


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