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  • HOn30 Railcars

    Greetings,

    I have a growing number of railcars, busses and trucks going on (eight so far in HOn30), and thought I'd introduce the latest two. They are both assembled from Aru Models kits, which are generally easy to build, comprised of etched brass and white metal castings.

    The first one is freelanced but based on the SR&RL railcars:



    It is designed to fit on a Kato Bo-Bo mechanism, so it runs great. It is tab & slot assembly, and can be done with glue but I soldered the whole thing so I could file off the protruding tabs and get a nice smooth finish.

    The second one is much smaller and uses a ready to run mechanism that Aru makes separately:



    I soldered as much as I could of this one, but ended up gluing some of the smaller parts. The mechanism runs superbly, I don't know how, I think magic.

    Both models still need some grabs, door handles (which I remembered to pre-drill this time!), then some paint and lettering.

    More as it happens (or shortly afterward).

    -Cody

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    Now they are very funky looking little railcars.

    I really shouldnt read your threads, they are really making me consider turning to H0n30 instead of HO!

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    • #3
      Nice going Cody.

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      • #4
        Those are good looking little models, Cody. It is good to hear that they run good as well.
        Bruce

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        • #5
          The models are very nice. But the wheel flanges look quite large. Don't you have problems on turnouts?

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          • #6
            What other railcas do you have, Cody?

            Jeff S.

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            • #7
              Thanks folks!

              Frederic, there seems to be no problems with the wheels, although my track is all code 80 Peco, Atlas or Kato Unitrack. I remember the Kato mechanisms running well back when I used to have handlaid Code 55 track...

              Jeff, I have two more Japanese prototype railbusses from Aru Models and four freelanced models, all using Kato mechanisms. I'll pose a group shot for you shortly.

              -Cody

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              • #8
                Cody, those look wonderful. That SR&RL railcar is especially sweet!
                --Stu--

                It\'s a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!

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                • #9
                  Thanks Stu!

                  Here's my whole railcar collection:



                  From left to right, back row; Aru Models SR&RL railcar, two Japanese prototype railcars, both also from Aru Models and a Mercedes railtruck bash from a Wiking model with a stretched Kato chassis. Front row; a VW T-3 railbus from a Roco model, a Barkas B1000 railbus from a Brekina model, another VW with a snowplow, and the latest railcar from Aru Models. With the exception of the small Aru car they all run on Kato chassis. None of them are really finished either, most need some detailing, paint & lettering, but they are fun to run.

                  -Cody

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                  • #10
                    Love em'!
                    ..........

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                    • #11
                      Greetings all,

                      I've been adding tiny bits to a few of my railcars lately, nothing too big but progress nonetheless.

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                      Added a rear coupler and some steps to the white VW. Also put the rear bumper back on and glued a block on the inside so the coupler screw secures the body in place.

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                      The green VW just got a bit of wire bent into a hook to pull around some skips or this little flat... Easy two minute job.

                      The background has a few contenders if I get the urge for another railcar or two .

                      -Cody

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                      • #12
                        Nice collection of railcar builds. My favorite is the red one (third picture).


                        Louis
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by desertdrover View Post
                          Nice collection of railcar builds. My favorite is the red one (third picture).
                          Thanks Louis, that one needs some TLC and finishing up...

                          -Cody

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                          • #14
                            Nice collection of rail cars. I still need to finish my battery powered R/C tractor trailer rail truck now that I've got some Deltang receivers.

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                            Too many projects and not enough time to finish them all.

                            Bernd
                            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bernd View Post

                              Too many projects and not enough time to finish them all.

                              Bernd
                              Yup, I hear that! The two Japanese railcars have been without paint for over a decade now ...

                              -Cody

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