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Tatra T3 "0n30" Trolley
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 Posted: Tue May 21st, 2013 05:04 am
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Bill Fornshell
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TATRA T3

I have just bought three Tatra T3 kits in "O" scale. I am building at least two of mine for On30. The prototype ran with a Pantograph and the kit comes with one. It is just for show but I am looking for a working Pantograph.

For a look at a really good picture of the Tatra T3:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62892411@N05/6074055476/in/set-72157627495047676

The Model:

1. Box Art.


2. Look at all the peanuts I have to play with.


3. Three Kits unpacked.


4. Sides are made using Photo Etch parts.


I started working on the chassis shortly after I ordered the Tatra T3 kits. I had a photo of the floor taken from overhead. I was able to enlarge the photo till it seemed to be 1/48 scale. I made a drawing then a few card-stock mockups to check for size. The one in the picture is made out of aluminum and uses two NWSL - Stanton Drives made for On30. Today when I received the kits I compared the kit floor with my chassis. As it turned out my floor it is only a bit wider then the actual models floor. This is an easy fix.

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Short range plans:

1. Build one Tatra T3 Trolley as a test model.

2. Teach myself to make Catenary Sections and then build a small On30 Traction layout using the Catenary overhead wire system.

3. Install a Stanton S-CAB Radio Control System using the BPS (Battery Power System) that will get its current from the Catenary Overhead wiring.

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 Posted: Tue May 21st, 2013 04:12 pm
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Herb Kephart
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Looking good Bill!

Do you really think that you need two power units in one car? Sounds like overkill, unless you plan to to pull another car as a trailer.

Just wait till the kitten finds out that it can play the catenary like a guitar--much more fun than peanuts!!


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Hi Herb,

Look close at picture 10 and 12. One Stanton Drive is powered unit and one Stanton Drive is a dummy unit.

I do worry about my cats. I may need to keep a "tickle charge" on the overhead wiring.



Ouch, what was that all about.

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 Posted: Tue May 21st, 2013 10:47 pm
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Bill-nice work on the frame. Keep on. Whatta cute kitty, mine has "discovered" a nice place to hang out in the canyons where he can check out some green lizards. You know how cats are.

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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2013 12:03 am
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Hi Woodie,

The white cat is one of my feral colony cats. A female that had one liter before I trapped her and had her fixed. I trapped her 4 kittens at about 4 weeks and raised them inside till they were ready to adopt out. That was just over a year ago and a I have been trying to tame her ever since. A few days ago she gave up and decided being petted was nice. Now she sits at my back door to let me know she wants me to come out and play with her.

I have 7 house cats and watch over a feral colony that is down to about 15 from 30 or so a couple years ago. All but two or three have been trapped by me and fixed. The new ones are from down the street but have started coming up to my house for food and fresh water. If the new ones keep coming around they will be looking out of a trap and will get a trip to the Vet when the weather cools a little.

Over the past two years I have trapped and fixed about 25 feral cats where I live and have caught or been give about 20 young kittens ranging in age from 1 to 4 weeks old. I raised then and at about 4 or 5 months old, get them fixed and adopt them out.

The black one in the first group of pictures (Indy) is from a 4 kitten liter born 15 Apr, 2011. That litter was found and given to me to raise when they were about 3 weeks old. I had to feed them with an eye dropper for about 10 days till they could eat on their own. She stays real close to me and is asleep on my old computer. The cats like to nap my old computer. My new one is a flat screen and doesn't have any room for them on its top. They like it as it is always warm.

This is Indy playing fetch with me.









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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2013 02:14 am
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Bill,

From another cat lover. My railroad mascot, Miss Boots. She was a stray that won't leave so I put her to work in the new we were building at the time as "Mouse Catcher"



Now she takes over my chair in the shop.




Ok, time to get back to model building.

Bernd

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I gotta show my helper too......She passed last Christmas but was my buddy from the day we moved into our current house. She showed up first day and stayed. She could understand English as well as anyone....Ms Kitty.....

sorry for O/T downer.....but I have a new buddy now.

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Never a problem with pets taking over a thread around around here people---


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This thread does have a "cat-enary" component to it.

I have been reading a lot of "How-To" articles about making your own Catenary sections and have made this pattern. The Catenary sections will be made for "O" scale, but used for my On30 Tatra T3 Trolleys. I will make two or three sections and do some testing to see if any adjustments in size will be necessary.



I will be working out the details for the jig I need to make over the weekend.

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 Posted: Sat May 25th, 2013 07:01 am
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The Stanton Drives are attached to the models floor and are running. The model is taped together so I could see how the Tatra T3 compares in size to the Bachmann On30 Old Time Passenger Car. You can judge for yourself.

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I have been pushing the passenger around my test loop with the Tatra T3.
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