PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby emckay7067 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:49 pm

I am getting inquires about these new kits, so I though I would start a topic so I can keep the information up to date. You can also ask questions about them here, although I might be a little slow in responding sometimes.

These locomotive kits are being reproduced by using the original Kemtron FA and FB assembled units as masters, with some changes.

The kits are of the shell and the major details for an A unit and a B unit, and are cast resin. The details include Truck side frames, fuel tank, and steps. There will be a full size paper pattern that can be used to mark and cut the chassis out from any material the modeler chooses to use. A set of instructions will be included suggesting how the building process should proceed. A copy of the original Kemtron instructions will also be included for reference. Price is still TBD but should be under $20USD per shell kit (One shell plus details). Kits consisting of one A and one B unit will also be made up and will cost less than two individual kits.

You will have to provide your own power units. Dimensions of the wheelbase, truck centers, and wheel diameter will be included so that you can specify these to your favorite chassis dealer.

At this time, the shells are being cast and the first run is just about done. Casting of the details will follow. The kits should be available by late fall to early winter 2011. (This year.)
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Kick @ss. I'll take 3 A+B kits :)
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby Arseny » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:33 pm

I would like to have A-unit (I have no enough space to use A+B)
But what chassis do you suggest to use?
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby Marquette » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:23 pm

Arseny: if I understand correctly, the kit will include a diagram to use to make your own chassis.

I will definitely be up for anywhere from one to three A units and a B...
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby Arseny » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:06 am

Hm-m, I am not sure I'll be able to build my own chassis by myself... :(
Maybe it would be able to use some ready chassis? Such as PVM's chassis for Lionel's F3 or GP7...
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:47 am

I may wip up a chassis for those interested.
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby Arseny » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:54 am

What does it mean - "wip" ? Do you mean produce?
If so, I would be glad to get the chassis!
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby areibel » Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:11 pm

ConducTTor wrote:I may wip up a chassis for those interested.


I think he means "whip up" a chassis Arseny, as in make one!

And it would be a cool addition- The U boat trucks are right on, so that little hurtle is covered-
it would make life sooo easy!
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:08 pm

I am game for a few FBs and at least one more FA.
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Re: PVM Alco FA and FB kit information

Postby emckay7067 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:27 pm

Arseny wrote:Hm-m, I am not sure I'll be able to build my own chassis by myself... :(
Maybe it would be able to use some ready chassis? Such as PVM's chassis for Lionel's F3 or GP7...


I guess a little clarification is in order.
A CHASSIS is just a flat plate that is used for mounting the power components on. (Power components = Trucks, motor, etc.) It must be cut so that it fits on or in the shell of the locomotive.
A POWER UNIT is the components that make the model run down the track, and may or may not include the chassis. (Trucks, motor, wiring, etc.) A power unit is usually a package that contains all the parts required to make a locomotive run.

In my opinion, the Hollywood Foundry would be an excellent drive kit to use. They are custom made to order and the ordering information for these drives will be included in the instructions. You could also make up your own drive if you had a source for all of the parts.
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