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  • #31
    I have a few pairs of Grandt Line and Chivers Finelines trucks stashed away for future projects. I also plan to use narrowed Kadee HOn3 trucks with Micro-Trains n-scale 36" wheelsets which works out close to 20" in HO scale. I bodged on pair together and it wasn't too much work, I just narrowed the bolster, glued the sideframes on with Krazy glue and made a new bottom plate with a styrene C-beam. They look reasonable and run pretty nice.

    -Cody

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    • #32
      Cody, I sent you a PM!
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      Chuck

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      • #33
        Here's a quick shot of my narrowed Kadee HOn3 trucks with Micro-Trains n-scale 36" wheelsets:



        I think next time I'll use a plank instead of a channel for the bottom part. Also, this is the 3'7" wheelbase version of the Kadee truck, I think I'll use the longer ones in the future.

        -Cody

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        • #34
          Wow! those trucks look great, have you thought about going into detail showing how you built them.

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          • #35
            Actually, the channel looks correct to me.

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

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            • #36
              Thanks folks,

              I've been back at building again lately and will have some picture to show off shortly. I have the Flanger almost complete, with window glazing and paint even! I have to finish the roof and add a chimney and marker lamps then lettering. Also, the white styrene frame in the above picture has become a tool car again based (loosely) on a SR&RL prototype.

              I also picked up a few more Kadee HOn3 truck kits which I plan to narrow to HOn30. I'm going to try and go the whole nine yards and keep them sprung and equalized this time. I'll update this thread with some pics when I get around to doing it.

              More soon(ish, probably),

              -Cody

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              • #37
                Greetings,

                As mentioned here's a few pics of what I've been working on. First, the flanger:



                Still not done but pretty close!

                Second, I scratchbuilt three of these little bulkhead flatcars based on a Molino Timber Co. prototype:



                They're quite narrow and ultra light weight but run nicely. I hope to put a pulpwood load on these one day.

                Finally, a diversion into HOn2:



                It's a bunch of leftover bits cobbled together. The hopper is a Grandt Line Koppel ore car sitting on a Micro-Trains Nn3 boxcar underframe, with some wood scraps and a brakewheel. It's kind of a charming little car. The trucks scale out pretty close to early Gilpin Tram trucks in HO scale, close enough for me anyway. I have a few more little projects in the works, I'll keep adding them once I have something interesting to show.

                -Cody

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                • #38
                  Plus here's a little Class A 4-wheel Climax I started a while back:



                  It's only just been started and there's much more to be done but I think it's shaping up nicely. It runs on a Kato mechanism and the front tank is a Randgust casting I scavenged from his N scale Climax kit. The smokestack is from Keystone and the rest is wood, styrene, wire & brass bits.

                  -Cody

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                  • #39
                    It's not rolling stock, but I've managed to complete a station for my Saco River & Newfoundland. The model is of the WW&F Alna Station from Mount Blue but I think I got one of the leftover Banta kits (from what I hear Mount Blue bought the rights to this kit and all of their remaining stock). Either way it built up very nicely. This is probably the most 'finished' structure I've ever built.



                    I painted it with D&RGW building cream and C&NW green (same as the O scale Grandt Line version of this kit I built a while back). It's not prototypically correct but I think it looks good. A little signage, window glazing and weathering is next.

                    -Cody

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                    • #40
                      Sure would like a "how to" on those trucks, finding good trucks seems to be a big problem for HOn30

                      T.C.

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                      • #41
                        Nice models, Cody.

                        Jeff S.

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                        • #42
                          Thanks Jeff, I've got a handful more in the works and a few unstarted kits that just arrived from Mount Blue, including their SR&RL caboose, which I'm looking forward to.

                          Hi T.C., I'll try and put together a step by step next time I convert a pair. Pretty much all I did was cut off the ends of the bolster slide the sideframes on and stuff a piece of channel underneath. The whole thing is held together with crazy-glue.

                          -Cody

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                          • #43
                            Greetings Folks,

                            Here's the latest round of bits that are getting worked on for the SR&N.

                            First, not much of an update, but I finally added roofwalks to my Steven's Creek Models Monson 26' boxcar and converted Grandt Line reefer:



                            I've also grabbed the tank from a Classic Miniatures HOn3 kit and scratchbuilt a narrower HOn30 frame for it:



                            My tool car is nearing completion, just needs brake wheel and lettering:



                            Finally, this is how I install McHenry couplers on my HOn30 stock:



                            They don't get along well with Micro Trains couplers but work well with eachother. I think I will be converting all my rolling stock to these because I really like the narrower cross section on the draft gear. I think it looks way better than the big plastic coupler boxes on Micro Trains couplers...

                            Comments and criticisms always welcome!

                            -Cody

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                            • #44
                              Howdy Folks,

                              I posted this in the HOn30/HOn3 lounge but thought I'd add it to this tread too for completeness sake:

                              My latest piece of rolling stock for my fictional Saco River & Newfoundland:



                              It's a 24' Dyer built boxcar assembled from a Mount Blue Models kit. It assembled nicely with a few modifications (scale height couplers) and mistakes (end ladders mounted too high). It's also the first boxcar I've built with interior detail and open doors. I'll eventually add some kind of sparse load to hide the weights over the trucks, though you can't really see them much from normal viewing angles... And a bit of weathering someday as well.

                              -Cody

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                              • #45
                                Cody,

                                Glad to see you are modeling / posting again. Will there be a tunnel to Nfld. or a ferry? Kidding

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