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Ho switcher to on30 Coversion
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 Posted: Sun Apr 5th, 2015 03:35 am
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Hi there

Thought I would up load my Kit bash. If any of you that have been following me at the beginning of Rayley Creek I started to convert a Bachmann H0 dock tank switcher to on30 which never really got off the ground, also I converted a Bachmann on30 DC loco to DCC and added a High Level 108:1 gear box with tender and sound. It work really well but it was a pain running wires, the split chassis was a pain in the arse and then I locked the gear box up with super glue.

Both Items sat on the shelf for a long time and I wanted something to do over Easter that was not on the layout and was desperate to get another runner on the line and use that DCC sound decoder with tender, The porter body and the 0-6-0 switcher chassis. Then I had the Idea of fitting the porter body on the 0-6-0 chassis, this looked promising with not much work.

The wheels were removed, gear set removed, the fire box cut down level, and the end of the chassis cut back level to the rear of the porter cab body.

A Chris Gibbons 'High level' 54:1 gear box was added, bearings and final drive gear was bored out to 3mm, the rear wheel was removed + the Bachmann final drive gear, the gear box was added, shims fitted were need be the final drive was locked tight in place. the wheels were re-fitted and placed back on the chassis and motor added.

The wires were then soldered to the motor directly and then a test run was done just using an analogue 12dc controller, wow its now one sweat runner that could not be heard running on my chipboard floor.

Happy with this I fitted the body. nothing needed to be done other that drilling and tapping a hole through the chimney stack for a long bolt to go up through the chassis and up the chimney to tighten the body to the chassis. and a small hole in the rear of the chassis to join the body to the chassis at the rear plus the will couple the tender up.

Next the Tsunami 750 decoder was fitted in the cab with the Tsunami keep alive, wires were run through the body and all connected up. This was easy as the water tank could be removed and then re-fitted after. The sugar cube speaker and bass box were mounted in the water tank.

With all this cast Iron it makes a very heavy loco, plus with the keep alive it has made a very nice and reliable loco and I haven't run pick up wires from the tender yet.

Sorry if I have made mistakes, trying to write this out quickly.

Any way hear are some pictures more work still yet to be done.























Hope you guys like it

Cheers Dan



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 Posted: Sun Apr 5th, 2015 09:58 pm
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Well, ain't that sweet!

Great kitbash!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 6th, 2015 05:15 am
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Hi Dan,
Very nice indeed, great finish

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 Posted: Mon Apr 6th, 2015 05:46 am
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 Posted: Mon Apr 6th, 2015 02:39 pm
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Cheers Guys thank you.

I don't know if any one has tried this but I had already messed around with the sound out puts, for any one and I suppose most of us do own one there's a lot more that can be done to the sound of a Tsunami sound chip than just the chuff rate and volume. I found a few demos on you tube about changing the sound frequencies, base reflex, verb (I think its called) and what a difference this makes. It is well worth a few hours one evening playing around with these things and just note down what setting you last made and like, you cant really go wrong. If you don't like what you last did just simply change it back.

What I'm trying to say is and I can under stand why, don't be worried about messing around with these things have a go and if you think you have made a right mess of it, just go to factory settings and this brings you back to the start.

well worth a go!

Cheers Dan



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 Posted: Tue Apr 7th, 2015 07:44 pm
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Good job!
Great use of the Bachmann 0-4-0 as I've heard from several people who've bought them that they're not reliable at all. I'll bet that'll turn some heads from people who'll initially think you simply painted a Bachmann stock On30 and put a tender on the back...



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 Posted: Sun Apr 12th, 2015 12:48 am
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Hi Lee

Thank you.

Yeah I bet it will make a few people look at it scratching there heads...:)



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 Posted: Mon Apr 20th, 2015 08:45 pm
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Great kitbash!
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