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  • Next bash – the extended Davenport

    Time for a little more power on the roster.

  • #2
    Well I wanted a new critter so started looking around the scrap box.

    I found a mechanism from the new model Bachmann HO 70 ton DCC switcher and two ON30 Davenport shells to start with.

    Lots of cutting so lets see if I can keep all of my digits.

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    • #3
      The first picture is the Bachmann HO 70 ton switcher with the cab and hand rails removed.

      The steps have been cut off and the top 80% of the hood removed.

      I left the bottom of the hood on as the Davenport hood will slide right over the 70 ton hood and will keep the new body in place.



      Here is a concept picture of the new body, obviously a long way to go. I added an extra side pannel with MS Paint to see what it would look like. I will hack up the rest of the remaining cab to get the correct parts.



      I plan on covering the circuit board inside the cab, adding a flashing yellow LED beckon light on the top, forward / rear headlights, new footboards, steps, side rails and of course a bunch of clutter.

      If this has been done and posted before let me know and I will kill this thread , if not any thoughts?

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      • #4
        Larry

        Looking forward to the bash.

        Peter [:-kitty]

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        • #5
          Larry,

          Please don't kill this thread at all.. I'm looking forward to more!

          Arthur
          Arthur

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          • #6
            Even if it had been done before, and I have no idea whether or not, a fresh perspective of any project is always welcome.
            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

            AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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            • #7
              Larry,

              Great project, I like the proportions, there are several other groups and modelers exploring the narrow gauge diesels.

              Les

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              • #8
                More, please!

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                • #9
                  Larry,

                  I think you'll be having a sharp looking diesel in no time!

                  -Cody

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                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone, I will proceed.

                    After hours of staring at this mechanism and the shell I came to the realization that the front of the 70 ton mechanism doesn't need to be the front of my engine. Once past that hurdle it was easier to open up some platform space in the front of the engine and some room in the cab.

                    I cut the lights off and cut off 3/8 " of unused circuit board on the stock engine tested it and the engine still works.

                    I need to cut the weight down some , here is a picture with boxes around to was cut off the mechanism.



                    The cutting allowed me to use a smaller cab. I wish I thought of this before I cut the other two cabs down. I could have just used the one stock cab. :erm: :erm:

                    New concept picture, still lots of putty and sanding needed. Sorry about the poor picture.



                    I like the look of this better a little shorter and beefier.

                    I have drilled holes for the lights but I need help.

                    If an engine has a yellow flashing safety light does it flasf all the time or just when the engine is moving. Need to know before I wire the lights.

                    Larry

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                    • #11
                      Looking great Larry! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

                      Arthur
                      Arthur

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                      • #12
                        Larry

                        Creative approach and solution to a perplexing problem.

                        Peter [:-kitty]

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                        • #13
                          Larry-

                          Just a thought



                          Mark

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                          • #14
                            Mark,

                            This was one of the thoughts I had, only I had windows on both sides of the cab door.

                            The issue was the motor, circuit board and weight would be sitting exposed right in the middle of the cab.

                            I just did not think the little crew could keep climbing over that stuff.

                            Larry

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                            • #15
                              Larry,

                              Very nice .... looking forward to to your progress today. I like the center cab but I can see the crew would not be happy ...[B)]
                              Tom M.

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