Lionel conversions

Re: Lionel conversions

Postby Richard-B » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:08 am

RodTT wrote:Well...I'm having great trouble getting the body back on
Time to fire-up the Dremel motor tool...!
As you probably know... grinding those Lionel shells is like trying to machine Kryptonite!
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby RodTT » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:58 am

I got the body on to within about 1mm but it wouldn't go any further. So I pulled it away again and the motor came away with it. It was wedged fast inside the body shell. So the drive train came loose and although I've extricated the motor I'm left with a bit of a mess.
But I'm going to use the 'opportunity' to come up with a better design for the motor housing assembly. I think the problem is the width available at the inner top of the body shell. Height-wise I think I'm ok.
Anyway I'm going to have to do some unsoldering of wires and, as the man said, I may be some time.
Meanwhile for a bit of light relief I think I'll re-decal a boxcar.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby Rich1853 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:45 am

The taper is from the built in draft angle usually 1.5° to 2° that's built in the mold for ease of removal of molded or cast parts.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby RodTT » Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:06 am

Rich1853 wrote:The taper is from the built in draft angle usually 1.5° to 2° that's built in the mold for ease of removal of molded or cast parts.

But unfortunately, not for ease of removal of my motor!
Never mind, I got it working and I know what to do now. I shouldn't have tried to cram it in so tight.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby RodTT » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:00 pm

I just had to file down the top corners of the motor, where the sides meet the curved top, and it fits into the body much more easily. So I won't need that Dremel...phew! I was persuaded to buy a Dremel some years ago by a salesman in a shop and I've never found a use for it.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby RodTT » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:11 am

A bit of internal re-jigging and the body fits perfectly. So here it is, all motored up and lights working.
Just the couplers and sideframes to fit and we're ready to go.
I put the masking tape across the cab sides to stop the handrail pips engaging while I was working on it.
I found it won't go round one of my turnouts properly, that's not because of the radius but because I need to trim the cardboard 'roadway' I placed in between the rails as the wheels catch against it. I didn't have this problem with the SW1200s so I can only assume the Tillig wheels are maybe slightly coarser scale.
In due course I'll do a write-up of my experiences for what they're worth. Now I know what to do, the next one will be easier! Won't it?
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:40 am

Can I be picky? Maybe change the LEDs for something warmer/yellower?


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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby RodTT » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:27 pm

ConducTTor wrote:Can I be picky? Maybe change the LEDs for something warmer/yellower?


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Yes, maybe. I'm loath to start tinkering with the wiring now it's all in place, I nearly went goggle-eyed with it all. While the body is still loose I may try a little Kapton tape over the insides of the lenses, and/or black out the insides of the number boards.
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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:37 pm

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Re: Lionel conversions

Postby RodTT » Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:52 am

AstroGoat760 wrote::clap:

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