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  • Lou’s Roundhouse MDC Climax Project

    This Roundhouse MDC Climax has been build and kit bashed by many modelers, and most all changed out their motive power using the Bachmann 44 Ton Locomotive chassis, a good fit, and a much better running DCC friendly alternative. The first Climax had an old open frame type motor that sounded more like a bad running coffee grinder, or jet liner taking off. My Climax came with a newer dual-magnet motor, but still not the greatest of choices.

    Articles from Dean Kershner - Geared Steam “Improving the MDC Climax” http://gearedsteam.blogspot.com/2009/09/mdc-boxcab.html , Alex Belida “Keeping The Dream Alive” and, an Article in the December 1982 Model Railroader called “A touch of realism for MDC’s Climax” by Gregory G. Keutzer are real inspirations, and excellent articles on how-to make these great looking, and running locomotives. Dean Kershner also has great information on a sound decoder installation.

    Pictures of the Climax and MDC Body using the 44 Ton Chassis are pictured below (first picture) by Bob Boudreau, Forum member (railphotog) and (Second picture) by Alex Belida. The next two Climax pictures, 3 & 4, are of Dean Kershner’s – Geared Steam, and a Climax by Jack’s modelling.

    I especially like Bob’s example for my project, because he lowered the locomotive boiler as per the Model Railroader article suggestion. Making it look so much more prototypical. Plus, it is hands down a great looking Climax build, weathered and super detailed.

    Starting off with my project I have the Roundhouse MDC Climax Kit #02770 undecorated model, a DCC ready Bachmann 44 Ton chassis, and a Bachmann 44 Ton shell, that I had cleaned off the D&RGW lettering, and made it decaled with an L&R logo. The D&RGW original shell looked like the inset picture in the right lower corner. I thought if I was going to mutilate a 44 Ton shell, than this was the one to sacrifice.










    Louis
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    I can’t wait for the crescendo of posts as this project eventually reaches it’s CLIMAX!!! I’m out of breath.....

    Done right this project does look like a great model as seen in Lou’s example photos.
    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

    Cedar Swamp
    SW of Manistique, MI

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    • #3
      It looks like an interesting project to follow, Louis. However, if we have to put up with Karl's puns...

      George
      The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by George D


        if we have to put up with Karl's puns...

        George


        Won’t it be punderful?[:-angel]
        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

        Cedar Swamp
        SW of Manistique, MI

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        • #5
          George, Have mercy on Karl, he's been in a snowstorm for the past 6 months.

          Lou, this one will be another tutorial.

          Jim
          Take the red pill

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          • #6
            Thanks Guys, and keep the puns coming Karl, it will keep me on track!


            Louis
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #7
              Out comes the cutting tools, and re-designing the 44 Ton shell to be able to slip into the shell of the MDC Climax. This is so the Climax shell will eventually be able to mount onto the 44 Ton frame/chassis. Below drawing will explain what I’ll be doing to the Bachmann 44 Ton shell for use in this next step.




              Louis
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #8
                Wonderful looking project, Louis. A real shell game you have going.

                Mike
                _________________________________________________

                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • #9
                  Another great build on the way, Louis. I'll be following along with your usual detailed progress. :up:

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Mike and Russ, glad to have you both following along.


                    Louis
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • #11
                      Louis, you must be on some sort of modelling steroids or something!

                      Were your 3 previous builds like modeling fore play?

                      Now ending with this climax!

                      Will we all have a cigarette when your finished?

                      Greg Shinnie

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by Ensign


                        Louis, you must be on some sort of modelling steroids or something!

                        Were your 3 previous builds like modeling fore play?

                        Now ending with this climax!

                        Will we all have a cigarette when your finished?

                        Greg Shinnie


                        You are a master at word play Greg. I've got to hand it to you, you out did yourself this time. :up:


                        Louis
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • #13
                          Well I powered up the shop band saw and made the cuts needed for the Bachmann HO scale 44 Ton shell, to be able to slip into the Roundhouse MDC Climax shell. Starting with un-clipping four (4) tabs that hold the 44 Ton cab to the body (See picture below). Once these tabs are un-clipped, the cab simply lifts off of the body. The cuts to the 44 Ton shell require removing the two (2) hoods from both ends of the 44 Ton shell about midway. Then, just enough stock from the sides of the 44 Ton are removed/shaved away to be able to slip up the 44 Ton base into the Climax shell, keeping the 44 Ton footboards intact. Following along with the pictures provided, you can see the cuts made and the finished results. The 44 Ton cuts were luckily a success and fits perfectly. All I’ll need to do now is file the cuts smooth, removing the rough cut plastic, and then glue the now cut 44 Ton base onto the inside of the Climax.
















                          Louis
                          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                          • #14
                            So, I guess one measure of success is that you can’t see anything.
                            _________________________________________________

                            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                            • #15
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by Michael Hohn


                              So, I guess one measure of success is that you can’t see anything.



                              Mike - ???????


                              Louis
                              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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