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hminky
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Posted - 07/10/2018 :  1:09:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The first 55n3 site was put on the web in 2010. Due to medical problems I couldn't pursue this endeavor further. Time went by and I let the domain lapse. Now my medical problems have been under control, none of which were life threatening, just debilitating.

Been in and out of the hobby since 2010 and can't believe how such a short period has brought so much change. Most of the items discussed on the 55n3 website are no longer available and have to be sourced on E-bay.

I write web-articles on the net. The satisfaction comes not in praise or an "atta-boy" post but someone using the information that was presented. It is nice to see someone applying the techniques that I bloviated about even if no credit is given to me. Stuff comes up in magazines that I recognize as my contribution to the hobby.

It was warming to see Ronald Halma's American Civil War 55n3 Layout on the net. Ronald showed the concept of 28mm war gaming items and On30 Bachmann equipment is a viable concept.

Thank you, Ronald

Vist Ronald's blog:

http://metusajunction.blogspot.com/

There are videos of Ronald's efforts two at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3qV380BOnw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=Xm7yRD0asz8

Our 55n3 website is now 55n3.info and no longer 55n3.org

http://www.55n3.info/



28mm gaming has grown and there are more figures and vehicles available.

Thank you if you visit
Harold

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quartergauger48
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Posted - 07/10/2018 :  9:00:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting'..Thanks for posting. First I've seen of 55N modeling'..


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hminky
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Posted - 07/19/2018 :  10:02:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bachmann has built another 55n3 caboose.

Got a logging caboose and it fits 55n3 perfectly. The original caboose was too high and required modification.



Before you look, no Bachmann doesn't really build 55n3 cars. Remember how that leading statement caused hair on fire in 2010 when I said it about the 55n3 sidedoor caboose.



http://www.55n3.info/sidedoor/

Thank you if you visit
Harold



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hminky
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Posted - 07/21/2018 :  2:37:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Got some new stuff from Shapeways shops.

Found this S Scale cab at the "Willy Monaghan S Scale" shop on Shapeways that will convert the Bachmann Mogul to 55n3. There are S Scale domes available also on Shapeways that will make a complete conversion to a Baldwin catalog Mogul. The Bachmann domes will also work with no mods.





The On30 Mogul is mechanically close to the Brooks Colorado and Northwestern #1 and Baldwin Catalog moguls. The 44" drivers match the Brooks.



Found these figures listed as "1/56" from the "Panzer VS Tanks" shop they are from the Merchant Navy series. The figures are really fine.



Harold

EDIT:

A Bachmann Mogul converted to S-Scale with the original cab shortened for S-Scale.
Shows what the loco would look like with an S-Scale cab and stock domes.
The stock cab is too wide.




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hminky
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Posted - 07/23/2018 :  09:08:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Examining examples of narrow gauge moguls found these two examples in the Brooks catalog:

A Mexican



Quincy and Torch Lake



Looking at the Bachmann Mogul if the running board is extended all the way back a reasonable model can be produced.



The running boards fit into slots in the boiler so replacement would be easy.

There is an article about making the Q&TL Mogul in On30 in the Jul/Aug 2018 Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. So it can be done with a better three foot cab.

Harold



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hminky
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Posted - 07/23/2018 :  11:02:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Eventually in a strange scale endeavor one finds the holy grail, a plan, a piece of information that makes a model viable.

Searching about the Quincy and Torch Lake Moguls I finally ran across a plan in the August 1985 Railroad Model Craftsman of Mogul #1 & #4.

YES!!! The Bachmann On30 Mogul is 55n3 as made:







Harold



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Neil M
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Posted - 07/24/2018 :  07:49:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome back Harold! It's great to hear you are feeling better. I'm looking forward to following along with what you create.


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia

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hminky
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Posted - 07/26/2018 :  10:32:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now that the Bachmann Mogul is 55n3:



Can resurrect this conversion utilizing the Mogul gear tower and a Bowser HO frame:



Makes this locomotive:





Never was a good On30 model but great 55n3.

Harold



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hminky
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Posted - 07/27/2018 :  5:24:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Knuckleduster has a "32mm Gun Fighters Ball" series. Tried them as their 28mm figures were "short". They are the guys on the bases comparing to figures in earlier posts.



Wargaming figures must be tried to see if they are suitable for all purposes.

These are really very good.

Harold




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hminky
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Posted - 07/28/2018 :  12:12:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Bachmann On30 catalog has dwindled considerably with the collapse of the On30 bubble.

A locomotive that always flew under the radar was their little freelance 2-4-4-2 Mallet. Probably one of Bachmann's best efforts. A perfect 55n3 loco, actually a little cramped for O-scale.



There are two similar prototypes.

A Baldwin narrow gauge version of the Little River 2-4-4-2.



A New Zealander



Really like this little loco.
Harold



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kyle creel
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Posted - 07/29/2018 :  11:49:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been thinking about this very subject for quite some time. I did the math awhile back, and in inches the scale came out to appx. 1/57 scale; that is dividing the rail spacing in HO; (5/8") by 3 etc, etc, etc. But since my brother paints and sells miniature figures for a living, (contract clients and museums) he says that I should just go with 5.5mm/ft. and he will furnish me with figures from his leftovers and some of his suppliers samples. I'm wondering what size to use. I've seen 1/50th scale from Preiser and was wondering if they would work. I'm modelling a 1920 to 1940 freelance narrow gauge in the great southwest. It's called the BLACKROCK CANYON RAILROAD, and I've grown tired of trying to explain the On30 bit vs the cost of On3 or Sn3. We've recently moved and I took a large portion of the RR with me. This section has all hand laid rail, however the new section I'm adding will be built with ME code 83 On30 weathered rail (minus the little connecting pieces under the rails between every other tie, 'cause they drive me nuts!) and I feel like the change to 5.5mm/ft. will soothe my aching brain. So, what size figures would you fine fellows recommend? 28mm, 38mm, or 1/50th or something else ???? Kyle in DFW


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deemery
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Posted - 07/29/2018 :  12:02:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a Gem brass 2-4-4-2 that I'll invoke "Rule 1" to use for heavy freights on my (nominally) 1898 era HO standard gauge layout.

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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hminky
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Posted - 07/29/2018 :  12:24:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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So, what size figures would you fine fellows recommend? 28mm, 38mm, or 1/50th or something else ???? Kyle in DFW


Wargaming figures are a mixed bag of scale.

Visit:

http://www.55n3.info/people/



The third figure from the left is an "O Scale" Magnuson figure sold by Fun&Games.

Have cut down a Preiser 1/50 figure early in this endeavor. Most of the Preiser height is in the legs.



That guy always reminds me of Buster Crabbe from the Flash Gordon serials, yeah, I am old.

There are more high quality Scale55 figures available than there were HO figures back when I started trains back in the 50's, just the good Westons and awful Selley and others that were equally bad.

Thank you if you visit
Harold



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hminky
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Posted - 07/30/2018 :  12:30:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The 2-6-6-2 was one of the locos I bought in the On30 fire sale of 2010.



Another loco no one in On30 wanted but a great little 55n3 loco.

Not in Bachmann's catalog but still out there and with shopping available inexpensively.

Harold



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hminky
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Posted - 07/31/2018 :  12:01:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
So, what size figures would you fine fellows recommend? 28mm, 38mm, or 1/50th or something else ???? Kyle in DFW


Speaking of Preiser figures. This is a picture of a Preiser 1/50 from my On30 OF 2-8-0 article compared to other Scale55 figures:



The Prieser can be shortened in the legs and mid-section to make him shorter. Being styrene it is fairly easy mod.

Harold



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hminky
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Posted - 07/31/2018 :  5:56:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Going thru my old On30 stuff, found a Bachmann On30 Inside Frame 4-4-0 boiler. Allowed me to check the S Scale cab from the "Willy Monaghan S Scale" shop on Shapeways as a replacement for the funky original cab.



Makes the 4-4-0 closer to this 1897 Rogers.



Harold



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