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 Posted: Mon Mar 25th, 2019 09:17 pm
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So, what do people use for trucks for scratch built On18 rolling stock?

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Howdy Stan...you might use re gauged HOn3 trucks for your On18.
I built On20 for some years, using HOn3 trucks and MDC HOn3 Shays and found that the guys who built in that scale/gauge,
were using the HOn3 trucks which were pretty much right on for smaller narrow gauge types in O scale.
It might seem to be a simple matter to just press the wheels in a bit to work on N gauge track (10.5MM to 9MM).
The available N scale trucks would tend to look rather small in O scale anyway.
If the old MDC HOn3 locos were still available and inexpensive (20 years ago), I might suggest building On20.
There is or maybe was an On20 Yahoo group that might be operating and have better ideas.
Narrower is cooler, please let us know how things are going.

Woodie

***An idea-check out TeBee (Tom Bell) at SHAPEWAYS,
he might have something that would work or perhaps make a run of On18 truck frames...
I just happened to think of this. He's also a member of Freerails...check it out.




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Facebook has a On18 group.



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Is there anything Facebook doesnt have ?

Sounds like I can retire soon then if Facebook has everything

Lets all post on Facebook from now on

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 Posted: Tue Mar 26th, 2019 01:56 pm
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I did this range when I was planning to built my South American themed On18 line.


https://photos.app.goo.gl/bfPQoJypLFgLzCeB3





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I knew Tom would have something proper!

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Thanks Woodie-

Yeah, the N-scale trucks look too small.
I agree the HOn3 trucks look too small as well, but it might be the only easy choice.

I would really like to find a way to create O-scale size wheels
(like 3/4" diameter to represent 36") gauged to work on On18 (HOn30).

I've been looking on Shapeways,
there's a few people making some trucks (Tebee included)
but they all seem to be HO-ish size (or full-size standard gauge O scale)

The whole world of wheel sets/side frames/trucks is hard to decipher.

It would be great if someone would make a narrow-gauge truck/wheelset in O scale for 9mm gauge.
The backwoods/critter/mining/logging crowd would rejoice.

Seems like there's a lot of On30 modelers out there who are also doing On18 areas on their layouts.

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Those are cool, do you make them available?

What's the wheel diameter?





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I have a few in stock,
not sure if I've ever put them onto Shapeways but can do.

Wheel diameter in the pics is 9.5mm - about 18 inches.
Around 16 inch + or - 4 inches is typical prototype diameter.
 
Larger wheels will not go round tight curves,
which is why you typically use narrow gauges.


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IF you could find some of the old AHM HOn30 four wheel tram cars,
they could possibly work for On18.

Swap meets and train shows would be good places to look for them.

BIG CITY HOBBYS offered them,
don't know if they still do.

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