HOn3 2-8-2 in the works...
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One day I searched around the scrap/junk box for new projects. Modeling funds are tight, and I enjoy turning the junk I have into usable models. I pulled out the tender and shell of an old Bachmann 0-6-0. This was one of the mid-80s versions with the pancake motors and the nylon axle gears that split and went out of quarter after about 5 minutes of running. I remember winning this as a door prize at a train show when I was about 14.

The motor and mechanism are long gone, but I recall that the D&RGW K-27s were built with sloped tenders, as were a few Mexican narrow gauge 2-8-0s. But I also recall photos of a Uintah narrow gauge 2-8-2 with a sloped tender and proportions that resembled the USRA 0-6-0 boiler. Coincidentally, I also became aware that Bachmann makes 42" drivers for their 0-6-0t locomotives...If I could only narrow them for HOn3!!

So here we have the start - a narrowed tender, a custom frame from brass and styrene, a cylinder casting from another junk loco, Modified drivers from Bachmann. So far, so good. Next up is to make side rods and add the NWSL gearbox and see if it actually runs Goldth .


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The MDC Narrow gauge kits are great " parts source, and bashing projects ".
This one, I did as an Outside Frame 2-8-2, by extending the frame, and using a 3' gauge tank car to create the Vanderbilt Tender.
   
and here, painted.
   

I don't have this one powered yet, but I have double headed it with the 2-4-4-2, and it rolls smoothly, and handles the 18" radius curves of the loop back behind the back boards of the modules.
Yeah, I have the benefit of a Shipyard being the owner of the Narrow Gauge Line. We got all of the machining done in the shipyard shops, along with any of the castings that were needed. ({[ that's my story, and I'm sticking to it ]})
Hope your project is as successful, and as fun as mine has been so far. Cheers :tada:
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S250 - I remember that project Big Grin

I'm going to do my best at scratchbuilding or using salvage parts as much as possible for this one. I've got bins of scrap I saved - why not use it?
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I added a pilot, which is modified from an IHC 4-4-0. The pilot and trailing trucks are MDC leftovers from a previous project. The rear truck I will need a sideframe for. I plan on scratchbuilding one.


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nachoman Wrote:I'm going to do my best at scratchbuilding or using salvage parts as much as possible for this one. I've got bins of scrap I saved - why not use it?
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What you're planning is what I would call a "junk-build", and it's one of the "more fun projects" because it uses lots of imagination, and "salvage parts". This will be fun to watch, so "lots of photos". Cheers
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My attempt at making a trailing truck sideframe...

So far, so good. It's going to be a bit wider than scale - but it kinda has to be in order to work Smile Still need to make some leaf springs and add a few details.


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more work on the trailing truck...


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That's coming along nicely ! :tada: :tada: Cheers
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Very good looking details! Looking forward for next steps!
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Thanks, guys. So far, so good on this project. I'm not sure what to do next. I'm working on some air tanks, but could also start working on the mechanism. I've got a motor and nwsl gearbox, but just haven't quite figured out how to install it yet. I could also work on the side rods and valve gear. I bought some Bachmann valve gear that I am going to try and splice on, but that is going to require me to make the main rod a little shorter.
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And a little better photo with it all put together.


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I was thinking about taking a trip to the LHS to pick up details like an air pump, check valves, and a bell, and then I thought - why not attempt at making those as well?

Sooo - that's the next task.
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Air tanks and an air pump.


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Most NG locos have the backhead nearly at the back of the cab (on some, the backhead even sticks out the back of the cab!). The USRA 0-6-0 boiler I am using has a short cab with the backhead near the front. So, I had another junker 0-6-0 shell in my parts box, cut apart the boiler, took the backhead, and glued it behind the first one. I think I will try and make a few backhead details for this engine, as I think it would greatly improve appearance.

Oh - and I have been using a product called "plastic repair epoxy" from ace hardware to make major structural joints in plastic and gluing metal to plastic. I love the stuff!!


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nachoman Wrote:I have been using a product called "plastic repair epoxy" from ace hardware to make major structural joints in plastic and gluing metal to plastic. I love the stuff!!

I hadn't heard of this stuff, until I read this latest post. I think I will have to give it a try.
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