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  • Something I always wanted to try

    Greetings folks,

    Well I'd read about folks using a single truck from an N scale diesel to make small four wheel HOn30 diesels, and thought I'd give it a whirl. The truck is from an old Atlas (Kato made) mechanism, the motor is from a Kato pocket mechanism.

    I cut a brass plate for the floor and epoxied it to the truck. In the second photo you can see two white styrene strips that keep the brass floor from shorting it. The motor is also epoxied to the floor. The worm came from the Atlas mechanism and had to be drilled to fit the motor shaft, it's not quite centred but it works, and it runs pretty darn good!





    I'm thinking of trying to make something similar to this:

    http://www.modellwagen.com/kumitate/09114-23.jpg

    http://www.modellwagen.com/product/09114.html

    Comments, critisims & ideas welcome

    -Cody

  • #2
    Cool Cody!

    Looking forward to seeing where you go with this! :up:
    Dave

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    • #3
      That's a great idea Cody, I'm always searching these kind of powering mechanisms for my critter projects, unfortunately my scrapbox isn't as full as your's so most of the time I'm short on options. Looking forward to see this little critter take shape!

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      • #4
        Cody that is pretty neat, do you think it would be possible to put a flywheel on it?

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        • #5
          Thanks Folks,

          It did have a flywheel installed before I mounted the motor, but since I drilled the hole on the worm slightly off of centre the flywheel caused enough vibration to shake it off the tracks. Without the flywheel the slack between the worm and idler gear seems to be enough to absorb much of the extra vibrations. I might try a flywheel on the next one (with the other truck!), I just have to find another motor.

          I'll keep y'all updated

          -Cody

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          • #6
            Well, I decided against the little speeder thing, and used my little powered truck in an old Grandt Line boxcab that I built ages ago. It was built standard gauge so I had to replace the end plates to lower the couplers. I ended up just cutting off the running boards and reinstalling them on upside down.

            Here's the mechanism and frame:





            The wheelbase dosen't match the journal boxes on the frame but it's so low slung that you can barely see it.

            And here's how it looks with the cab attached:



            It dosen't look like much but it runs pretty good. I've got another half built boxcab that I'm going to power the same way. I'm looking forward to double heading them, like I remember seeing in Malcolm Furlow's 'Building the San Juan Silverton' book.

            -Cody

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            • #7
              I like it, Cody! Very nice job!

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              • #8
                A cute little speeder, Cody.

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                • #9
                  :up: :up: :up:

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                  • #10
                    It looks lovely Cody, thanks for the extra tips on these little gems.

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