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 Posted: Sun Apr 14th, 2013 02:09 am
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Is 6" at 1:48 scale really so noticeable that running On30 isnt acceptable? If it is, that's OK but recently I ran a thread here entitled Why am I making my life so difficult. It sort of went along the lines that I wanted a layout instead of knocking myself out building difficult to build locomotives. Maybe if you aren't too picky you could just run the Bachman stuff like it is.... With a little special detailing and weathering. Here is an example of what im talking about.

http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=4998&forum_id=4

Joey', layout looks fantastic and he's running On30 Bachman gear. I'm sure he have rather had On3 mining locos but these Bachmann locos look pretty darn good on his layout. Sometimes less is more... Other times it isn't. You be the judge.

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I remembered this photo from the way back machine. A Mantua HO 0-4-0t Shifter converted to an On2 0-4-4t.



Long ago, a model ship company, Yankee something or another, had a pretty funky kit to build a "Maine 2 footer" loco in O scale. At the time, me and some other fools were building a Louisiana sugar cane layout in On2 for exhibition and needed a loco. A friend, Bob Thomason, milled down the Mantua frame and remounted the drivers for On2 gauge. I built the loco using the "kit" and some Kemtron parts. Another friend, John Allen (not THE John Allen) installed a PFM sound system in the little loco. I named her Patricia R for my wife. The lokie ran great and sounded terrific (I still believe PFM sound was better than the digitized woo woo available now).  Also shown is a double truck dismal built on an Athearn HO SW 1500 chassis which was also cut down for On2. The enginehouse was built by Dennis Squire who owned a great scenery company then-the Rock Quarry.  This photo was taken by Malcom Furlow and was in Model Railroader in 1982.
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1748&forum_id=17&highlight=sugar+cane Here is the link to the MR article in Freerails.
So, yes it is possible to make a Mantua HO 0-4-0t into a nice On2 loco. I wish that I still owned this one.                                 Woodie



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Never were one for trees, were you ole buddy?

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Trees? Trees? I got yer trees right here!

Woodrow

Now, are there other HO locos made into On2 locos? I am sure there are. Not just On30...but On2.



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Just to add fuel to the fire ... IMO, the Bachmann On30 Forney is a great start for a SMALLER Forney in a larger scale ... 35n2! The wheels, details, etc stand up nicely to the larger scale swap ...



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Thanks for the inquiry. The 0-4-0 is intact, for now, but I have nearly completed a reguage (to On2) of an Athearn SW7. Once it is finished I will post photos.

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mwiz64 wrote: Is 6" at 1:48 scale really so noticeable that running On30 isnt acceptable? If it is, that's OK but recently I ran a thread here entitled Why am I making my life so difficult. It sort of went along the lines that I wanted a layout instead of knocking myself out building difficult to build locomotives. Maybe if you aren't too picky you could just run the Bachman stuff like it is.... With a little special detailing and weathering. Here is an example of what im talking about.

http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=4998&forum_id=4

Joey', layout looks fantastic and he's running On30 Bachman gear. I'm sure he have rather had On3 mining locos but these Bachmann locos look pretty darn good on his layout. Sometimes less is more... Other times it isn't. You be the judge.
To my eyes, yes.

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mikesayre wrote:
To my eyes, yes.

Well, you're the boss. I'm modeling in 1:35n2 myself but not because I wanted 2' gauge at scale so much but because I wanted to model in a scale larger than O scale but not a big as 1:20.3. 1:35 scale met that requirement for me. I get to use Bachmann On30 locos with easy detail modifications and many of the other conveniences that On30 offers. You can get all sorts of 1:35 scale detail stuff from military models that are available everywhere.

Well... Good luck with whatever you decide and please keep up posted as you progress.

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Herb Kephart wrote:
Never were one for trees, were you ole buddy?

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Why, Woodie has made the best use of trees on a layout of his scale that I have ever seen in my life. His entire layout is under several 1:1 scale trees. Looks awesome...I know, I seen it. :)



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Here is the On30 Forney next to a 1/37 or 8.25mm/ft scale drawing of the small Forney:



Harold

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