GC trucks - availability?

GC trucks - availability?

Postby Marquette » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:35 pm

The only place I can find GC trucks available right now is at Siggis... which means they may as well be unavailable, since they don't (according to their website) take any 'normal' method of payment, only bank transfer... which is so prohibitively expensive from here to there that it's just not worth it...

So, is there any other currently-available source for the GC trucks, that accepts paypal or credit card?
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby CSD » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:46 pm

Yes, but not right now. GC trucks are currently out of stock and have to go into manufacturing. Lok-n-Roll understands how valuable these parts are for scratch building and fully intend to keep producing them. As soon as they (and all the other GC parts and kits) become available I will have them in stock at SazModel.
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby Marquette » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:53 pm

Okay, I figured that would be the case over the longer term, but I was asking in a more impatient sense. :)

Of the "loose" parts GC had, the trucks, brake detail bits and hand brake wheels are probably the most valuable for scratchbuilding projects, IMO... I do have some of the detail bits stashed away but am definitely going to be needing more.
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby scaro » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:30 am

What you could do in the interim is look through Precision Scale Co's HOn3 freight truck range. They have a few 4' trucks , equate to 5'6" in TT, at least one might pass muster as an Andrews truck, as i recall. Need regauging but it isn't hard.
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby scaro » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:22 pm

http://www.precisionscaleco.com/cgi-bin ... Online+Now!

two on this page may be useful, the andrews and the archbar. assembly is the same 'snap fit sides into bolster' arrangement as the GC trucks. they may be from the same factory. remember the plastic is cheaper than the brass. i ordered the 3492 previously and it's a very fine, nice bit of equipment.
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby Richard-B » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:00 pm

scaro wrote:assembly is the same 'snap fit sides into bolster' arrangement as the GC trucks. they may be from the same factory.

As far as I know... there is/was NO relationship. It is just the rational alternative to the screw/pivot arrangement.

The PSC trucks have been in their catalog for quite a while... but the beautiful tooling for the Gold Coast trucks was done by the late Joel Buerling - a master at die making. The Versers (John / Felix) would know....
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby Marquette » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:14 am

Hmmmm. Now I'm wondering if those PSC sideframes could be used with the GC cross-pieces...
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Re: GC trucks - availability?

Postby scaro » Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:56 am

thanks for the clarification richard.

i had thought regauging would just amount to using a piece of strip styrene 0.75mm per side to space the HOn3 truck wider, but the key thing of course is axle length. i do not have them to hand, but i think the PSC axle length is somewhat shorter than the 18.5mm standard for modern TT wheels. The PSCs come with code 88 wheels which don't look too bad but are probably at least a half mm too big in diameter for TT. this is noticeable, to me, anyrate.
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