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acousticco
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Posted - 09/20/2020 :  6:36:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Howdy All,

I hope everyone is doing well! I haven't been posting much here but the building is still going on.

So, I found a used Kato Portram at my LHS and snapped it up immediately. They look like this:


But they're powered by two tiny self-contained trucks, like the old Bachmann GE diesels. After about 15 minutes work I have this:

All you have to do is pry off the shell, pop the trucks out and cut two wires, which then need to be soldered to a pair of bronze nubs at the top. I probably could have trimmed the wires back a bit more...

Now that I have two very smooth running power trucks I gotta figure out what to put them under. Then I remembered this:


I had already assembled it planning for it to be a derelict scenery item, but the chassis fit almost perfect, the wheelbase even matched:

I had to glue in a couple styrene blocks to mount the truck, and its a pretty close fit. It's currently held in place with a tiny wood wedge. I wanted it to be easy to remove so I can build multiple different superstructures, and eventually paint it. I have a fresh can of Tamiya yellow at the ready...


Regards,

Cody

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acousticco
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Posted - 09/20/2020 :  6:42:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here's a short test-run video:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFXo-7uHq4s/?igshid=j5f69dlxg64k

I don't know if you need an Instagram account to see it.



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Bernd
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Posted - 09/20/2020 :  10:01:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was able to ply it on Windows 10. No sound though.

Neat little project and as you said smooth running.

Bernd


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acousticco
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Posted - 09/20/2020 :  10:23:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bernd,

These little Kato power trucks are amazing, I can take no credit for how well it runs.


-Cody



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 09/21/2020 :  07:49:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neat project Cody!


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 09/21/2020 :  08:54:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's really cool!!!

Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Dutchman
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Posted - 09/21/2020 :  10:09:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice, Cody.


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acousticco
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Posted - 09/22/2020 :  8:53:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone!

It's a fun project that practically fell together... What y'all think I should build on the second truck?

-Cody



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Philip
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Posted - 09/22/2020 :  9:12:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looking good!

Philip



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acousticco
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Posted - 10/17/2020 :  2:06:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Howdy Folks,

I managed to spray a bit of yellow a little while back:

Weathering is next and maybe I'll add a number to it. Pictured with a couple figures, skips and a truck for a sense of scale.

Fun stuff so far!

-Cody



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desertdrover
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Posted - 10/17/2020 :  2:36:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That was a great find, and fantastic use of those trucks for the Mining Loco. Thanks for the information/video, and painted picture. I can see many other uses for those trucks.


Louis
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BigLars
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Posted - 10/17/2020 :  3:14:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job Cody.


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acousticco
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Posted - 10/17/2020 :  4:14:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Gentlemen,

It was more luck than anything else that all the bits fit.

I'll try and find a picture of the little speeder I'm planning for the other truck.

-Cody



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 10/18/2020 :  09:03:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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desertdrover
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Posted - 10/18/2020 :  10:03:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by acousticco

Thanks Gentlemen,

It was more luck than anything else that all the bits fit.

I'll try and find a picture of the little speeder I'm planning for the other truck.

-Cody



Looking forward and interested in the speeder conversion also!



Louis
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acousticco
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Posted - 10/18/2020 :  1:50:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Louis,

I'm thinking something like this:
http://www.modellwagen.com/product/09114.html

But these two are contenders as well:
http://www.modellwagen.com/product/09185.html
http://www.modellwagen.com/product/09181.html

(Click the links at the bottom of each page for a very nicely photographed instruction manual and pictures of the finished models)

I'll have to do some scratch-building as I don't have the funds for these very expensive (but beautifully made) Modellwagen kits. I'll try and build in a way I can easily swap out the power truck between superstructures...

-Cody



Edited by - acousticco on 10/18/2020 1:54:42 PM

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