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  • Keelung Coal 3.5 ton 0-4-0 Well Tank (in HOn30!)

    Greetings Folks,

    I've started a thread about the Toma Model Works Keelung 0-4-0WT in On30: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=41046 and I think I mentioned somewhere that I have a kit of the same engine in HOn30 (also by Toma), which I started on a few weeks ago. I got the main chassis parts soldered and the cab folded (of which I did a pretty poor job). Then it sat a while because I needed a metric 1.4mm tap.

    Well I got the tap I needed and managed to assemble the chassis to the point where I just need to attach the motor and solder on the wiring:



    I left my fingers in the shot to give an idea at how ridiculously small this thing is. I figured I'd finish the HOn30 version before starting the On30 kit, I think that will mentally prepare me for the complexity in store for me!

    I hope to have this running by the weekend, then it's just a matter of attaching the mostly white metal bits that make up the superstructure...

    -Cody

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    Well I got a bit further tonight than I thought I would:



    I've got the mechanism complete and running in forward AND reverse! More a testament to the fine engineering in this kit than my skills, but I'm happy to see it rolling regardless. I also managed to solder on the roof, and glue a few of the castings in place. Besides the rods (which are much simplified), I've only got the boiler details to add...

    -Cody

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    • #3
      Sweet work Cody! I built his Nn3 0-4-0 and the way the pick-ups are designed by Kenji really make a nice running model.

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      • #4
        Thanks Chris, I've seen your Nn3 0-4-0 and was mighty impressed, I wish I'd got one when they were available.

        -Cody

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        • #5
          Cody,

          Cool loco!!

          Brian

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          • #6
            Thanks Brain!

            Today I finished the basic assembly:



            The photo is showing me the sand dome (I think) is a little crooked, but I'm gonna live with it. The kit doesn't include any wire for piping, but I'm going to add some, using the instructions for the ON30 version as a guide I added a little oil to the gears and it's currently doing laps around my mini-layout-loop.

            I finally bought an airbrush so I can hopefully avoid ruining my models with 4 scale inch thick paint. But I have to learn to use it properly first, so don't hold your breath for this guy to be painted anytime soon.

            -Cody

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            • #7
              That's a tiny little fellow, Cody, and may I say 'cute'?
              Bruce

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              • #8
                Thanks Bruce,

                I think cute is okay. It reminds me of a fat short-legged cat.

                -Cody

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                • #9
                  Cody,

                  I just happened across your thread. I picked up a tip from Denny (CWrailman) about breaking in gears on a new build or in an old application for that matter. The trick is to use Semichrome polish. The procedure is to set up the loco on a box or blocks allowing the wheels to rotate freely. Next, with the gear train exposed, power up your motor so that its happily turning the wheels. Then add a generous "dollop" of Semichrome to the exposed gears and let it run for about 20 minutes or so.

                  What this does is to finely polish the interfacing surfaces of the gears. When it's run to your satisfaction, disassemble the gear train, clean off the polish and lube the gears lightly with some La Belle Teflon grease.

                  I've tried it on a couple of locos and it greatly improved their performance.

                  Motorcycle shops usually carry Semichrome polish.

                  Greg R.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Greg, I'll give that a try. I have a couple more of these tiny engines to tune up.

                    -Cody

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                    • #11
                      Woah, that is tiny. Nice work.

                      Jeff S.

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