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 Posted: Fri Mar 11th, 2011 04:37 am
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One of my 45 jobs on the D&S list of things to be done,  is conversion for the new D&S policy - knuckle couplings in lieu of anything else plus long vans, modified futher with bogies ( they do track better on long wheel based 4 wheelers)

So this Van will be converted with bogies & Kadee couplings ( it will slot in the time scale between Station Building construction, etc)




The bogies are Steam Era H0 units,similar to a couple of others I have done.

Back later with more updates.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 11th, 2011 02:04 pm
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Look forward to seeing it, Ron.



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OK, removed  plug in wheels - the entire axle assembly pivots -( huge tension lock coupling that causes problems with small versions.) cleaned off brake levers & side frames, etc leaving some cylinders.
New bogie mounting bolsters & centre sills.




The piece of white styrene at the left will be the mounting base for Kadee couplers.

More to come.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 12th, 2011 06:17 pm
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I have put this one in the Forum Index Sol. For future reference.



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Couplings - because I body mount couplings, better for shunting bogie vehicles, when I first used a standard #5, it was too low. I didn't want to raise the height of the van - it would look stupid & not match 4 wheelers so I tried an Underset shank version #27 ( or #37 or 47)




This was still too low by about 1/16th of an inch.
Buffer beam as below



was milled out with a dremel to look like this






Now when the Kadee as above #27 is fitted, all perfect. If buffers  are  retained,  use a long shanked version like #21, etc .

Still more to come.


 

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Good progress.
Are the wheels smaller on the new bogies?



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Yes Peter, they are smaller being 10.5mm making them 36" wheels in H0 but in 00, makes it 31.5". The main thing is that the side frames/buffer beams line up with normal 4 wheel stock.

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Any idea what make the bogies are Sol ?  They look handy. :thumbs

Also, I presume all the white underfloor stuff is your own chassis addition to carry the bogies. :roll:



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Petermac wrote: Any idea what make the bogies are Sol ?  Steam Era  Peter  http://home.waterfront.net.au/~sem/bogies.htm They look handy. :thumbs

Also, I presume all the white underfloor stuff is your own chassis addition to carry the bogies. :roll:  Yes


Now all finished , painted & matt varnished with new larger numbers to aid in operating.







Just putting the bogies on, makes it run better.

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Ron, I agree entirely with you on body mounted Kaydee couplings for bogie vehicles. I'v altered all mine and use #156's. They have a nice long shank and work well-once you get the height right (and that sometimes is a pain.)



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What make of wagon is it Ron?



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Reg, as the subject matter & Forum title says - Hornby R6452
http://www.mremag.com/news/091013/Hornby%20VDA%20Balfour%20Beatty.htm

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Ah yes i see it now Ron right at the top.  I don't try hard enough.:sad:



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