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kf4mat wrote:Any thoughts?
Wow!It was cheaper for me to get this shipped to the US from the UK than to buy a Thomas the Tank Percy engine.
kf4mat wrote:... it figures that I would buy the wrong thing. Oh well, I went searching for the "Smokey Joe" and see it is just a little bit more expensive. It would really be easier if Hornby, Bachmann et al would just make their whole product lines available on both sides of the pond.
Anyway now I don't know if I want to try anything with this one or not, went to Smallbrook studios and was checking out the "Columbine" which was shown in a post above. Wonder if Hattons will buy the "Stupid American excuse" and let me trade up for it.
Huw Griffiths wrote:Were you quoted an affordable price for the connecting rods?
Huw Griffiths wrote:
I believe that some modellers used to fabricate conn rods from scrap rail - presumably doing a lot of filing on the flanges - and soldering on washers where the crankpins go.
I must admit that I've never actually tried this method, so I don't know how workable it actually is.
However you get (or make) the conn rods, there's obviously the little matter of extracting the crankpins from the wheels - which again I've never tried. If / when you reach this point, I'd be grateful if you could say how you get on - and if you need any special tools.
Arthur Inch wrote:Hi Tom,
These links may help you in your quest,
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HORNBY-L-8089-BIL ... 53e64db70d
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=Horn ... SRCHX:SRCH
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_kw=Hornb ... SRCHX:SRCH
As for extracting the crank pins, brute force is required to pull them out, be careful though, you may well end up with the complete wheel coming of the axle spline, speaks the voice of past encounters refurbishing these little beasties, at the last count well into the high sixties!!!
Oh! nearly forgot, with some attention in the right places they can and often perform exceptionally well, even and including bringing under control their inbuilt habit of doing 0 to 60 in less than a nano second.!!!
There are a couple of exceptional eBay sellers who have a complete range of spares for these little darlings, and at good prices.
Persevere it will all come good in the end........................
kf4mat wrote:Currently thinking on how best to transform a Hornby 0-4-0 into something cooler than stock
Arthur Inch wrote:
Ok your on, lets see just what the magic dust of the Gn15 forum can perform, in turning your ugly duckling into a gracefull swan.
Bit the bullet, and in a sheer moment of madness bid and won a Hornby 0-4-0 on eBay.
Have no idea what to expect unil it turns up.............
Watch this space........
Thin Layman wrote:Has anyoneyet pointed out the possibility of a geared loco with the cylinders and valve gear hidden inside the frames or susperstructure?
kf4mat wrote:One thing I do want to ask; is the coupling system on this loco real or just used on toys? I'm thinking that system may need to dissappear.Tom
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