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 Posted: Fri Aug 31st, 2012 09:44 pm
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OK, you want more?

I hope you are ready for all this!





First, the locomotive was rewired, the 4 wire plug was dumped and the 2 pin connector was wired to the motor leads.

Remember that all the "junk in the trunk" was pitched, leaving the next part:





The tender frame was "modified" so the proper equipment could be fitted.
The tall bosses were ground off and the speaker was tossed also.

After all this work, I decided that I will build a new wider tender frame
(remember that this is 1:35 scale now) and the tank will sit atop like usual.





Here is the new equipment for the tender, a Kyosho board (a LOSI could fit also) and a hunky 1300 mAh 7.4 Volt Li-Poly battery.

I found that the weight of the battery along with the weight of the die cast tender frame weighs almost as much as the loco does.
Since I want this loco to haul cars up a 10% grade, I have opted for a lighter frame (mentioned above).

 I installed Miniatronics 2-pin plugs for the battery and motor connections,
the receiver crystal is wired so it can be placed in the tender easier,
and the antenna (with the spade lug) will just sit on the tender deck.

The on/off switch will be installed on the front of the oil bunker for access.





The tender body was whacked on a good bit.

I cut off the faring along the top of the tender which makes it look a bit more like what I wanted.
The oil tank was sectioned down a bit also, I felt it was too long for this loco.
Just some cutting and sanding and it's a done deal.




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 Posted: Fri Aug 31st, 2012 10:31 pm
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Hi Woodie

It's looking cool.
Just one question...
...just for an idea of size...
...how big is the battery ?

( we're ALWAYS ready for MORE ! )

Cheers

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Si- battery dimensions:

Length- 2 5/8"
Width- 1 3/8"
Height (thickness)- 9/16"

Does that help?




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Hi Woodie,

The engine looks good.

Have you by any chance measured the drivers to see what the prototype size was?

The 2-4-4-2 prototype I would like to make a copy of used 44" drivers.

Thanks


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Bill-no, I haven't measured driver diameters...do you want 1:87, 1:48, 1:35, 1:32, or some other scale?
Or how about inches? In that case, they are 21/32" diameter.
All I know is that they look great and the loco runs superbly whether on antique power or r/c.

Woodie




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Woodie,

Thanks, inches is fine, that comes out to about 33" in 1/48.

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Moving along now, some progress to report:





Here's a side view of the 2-4-4-2 with new cab, bell, whistle, Mogollon style headlight (still thinking about that one), and much modified tender.





This view shows how little she actually is.
The cab is indeed a skull cracker but is in line with the other locos, the red wooden window frames will be worked on a bit more.
Still more to do...pilot beam & steps, wooden running boards, junk on the running boards, weathering, crewmen, etc., etc.





The tender was the most radical modification.
A new wooden frame, tank lost the top ridge, oil tank shortened.
The tender trucks are stock.
Stuff will be loaded upon the tender deck as well as number/reporting marks.

As can be seen, the loco and tender now have l & p couplers so #7 is considered "in service" even though she ain't finished.




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I'm sure that you didn't extend it, but that area between the pilot beam and the boiler front looks too long.

Needs a ping-pong table, or perhaps a billiards table to justify the length.

Or cots, for nappy-time for the crew

Something----anything---


Like the rest just fine though!


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 Posted: Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 02:28 am
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Herbie- agree about the porch but the lead wheel is to blame.
I will make the best of a "situation".

Now, that cab that I built is...GONE!
It seemed OK in reality, but in photos, it looked like homemade s%^&.
Oh well, I just cut up some brass sheet and square tubing and soldered together a new one.
This cab matches what is on the Garratt, Shay #5, and the Porters and when painted, it should do fine.
Also, it is not a skull cracker, a fellow can actually stand up inside it.





A nice evening of metal work and riveting and here it is.
No wood frames, but probably a wooden arm rest will be added.

Now what  ???




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