Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Andy Carlson » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:51 pm

Years ago, I was modeling an N scale FA-1 (Atlas/Roco) and mounted the pilot to the body and made mounting pads for body mounted couplers. The dimensions of the Alco FAs left limited room for couplers. Micro Trains offered no short couplers back then. I solved this problem by stealing the Microtrains very short draft gear couplers from their lightweight passenger car trucks. I think these would work well (even better) in the larger TT Alcos when using MT N scale couplers...
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:24 pm

Some more photos...

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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby CSD » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:27 pm

Looking good. You did a great job with the glass in the windows.
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:45 pm

It's not my job. I asked RailTT to improve it.
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Marquette » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:47 pm

Beautiful! That paint scheme is very eye catching.
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby j p » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:54 pm

Arseny wrote:It's not my job. I asked RailTT to improve it.


Excellent work. Has he started to make trains again?
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:55 pm

j p wrote:Has he started to make trains again?


Alas, no. For today - automobiles only.
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Marquette » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:35 am

Arseny, could you please take a photo of the chassis without the shell on, so we can see how it was modified to make the shell fit?
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:20 am

Some more painting

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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:41 am

Marquette wrote:Arseny, could you please take a photo of the chassis without the shell on, so we can see how it was modified to make the shell fit?


I think yes, a little bit later.

The main thing was to shorten it a little (simply cut off a piece of metal, the motor, trucks etc. rest at their places "as was"; the wheelbase difference is 1.3 mm - I suppose it is acceptable), and also change the truck sides.
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