Four wheeled boxcab?

Re: Four wheeled boxcab?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:44 pm

Bernd wrote:This be the little guy you got?

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I've got one sitting on the "What am I going to do with it" shelf. Now I know.

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Yes, it is. It runs a little fast, but fine otherwise.
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Re: Four wheeled boxcab?

Postby Bernd » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:59 pm

So basically all they did was narrow the wheels to TT gauge. For a while I thought they also narrowed the frame. If they had there would be no way to mount the original motor. I think the side frames would work in TT scale since they wouldn't be to much out of scale. The frame width might be another item to narrow, but then the motor wouldn't fit.

I did a total rebuild of the drive on an Athearn frame to a gear drive, but you'll need a machine shop do the conversion. Runs a bit noisy but it's not fast. Here's the link to my website page on that project.

http://www.kingstonemodelworks.com/DS1.html

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Re: Four wheeled boxcab?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:28 pm

Bernd wrote:So basically all they did was narrow the wheels to TT gauge. For a while I thought they also narrowed the frame. If they had there would be no way to mount the original motor. I think the side frames would work in TT scale since they wouldn't be to much out of scale. The frame width might be another item to narrow, but then the motor wouldn't fit.

I did a total rebuild of the drive on an Athearn frame to a gear drive, but you'll need a machine shop do the conversion. Runs a bit noisy but it's not fast. Here's the link to my website page on that project.

http://www.kingstonemodelworks.com/DS1.html

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Not quite. The frame has been adjusted in somewhat. I have a regular Athearn Hustler that has not been modified, and I can post pictures when I find it to show as comparison.
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Re: Four wheeled boxcab?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:37 am

The plan is for the boxcab is to make a shell for it, and to decide on a "match car" to help with electrical pickup.

Given my current skill set, the shell will likely be wood and plastic primarily.

Now to figure out how to join the shell and chassis such that they can be separated to service the drive bands.
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Re: Four wheeled boxcab?

Postby Richard-B » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:10 pm

Bernd wrote:Here's an idea. Make two box cabs
...like the Malcom Furlow pair on his well known HOn3 San Juan Central layout.
This was a pair of GrandtLine GE 23-ton diesels...
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Malcom Furlow SJC boxcab pair
NB. It would not take too much to re-gauge the GrandtLine kits to 12mm... = 32-tons in TT?
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Re: Four wheeled boxcab?

Postby Bernd » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:00 pm

Richard-B wrote:
Bernd wrote:Here's an idea. Make two box cabs
...like the Malcom Furlow pair on his well known HOn3 San Juan Central layout.
This was a pair of GrandtLine GE 23-ton diesels...
Boxcab SJC.jpg
NB. It would not take too much to re-gauge the GrandtLine kits to 12mm... = 32-tons in TT?


I've got a few of those Grant Line boxcabs in storage somewhere. Going to have to dig them out and see if that would be possible. Might need a few alterations on some details to match TT scale, like the doors and distance between the steps.

Good idea Rich. :thumbup:

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