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Cannot get my head arond it.

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:00 pm
by Bill Reynolds
Hello, I want a steam outline locomotive to go with my home built Gn15 i/c locomotive. Is it down to fitting a 'G' scale locomotive body to a 00 scale motor chassis? Would a LGB Porter body (for instance) fit a 00 scale Hornby??? chassis for example?

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:02 pm
by Bill Reynolds
How strange....I seem to only one post recorded, I wonder where the rest went?!

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:32 pm
by More_Cats_Than_Sense
Bill Reynolds wrote:How strange....I seem to only one post recorded, I wonder where the rest went?!


There's been some housekeeping going on in the forum, either that or the hamsters that power the web got hungry!

As to your question about Gn15 steamers, a G scale loco body would be far too big
If you have a look at Perrygrove you'll see some steamers in relation to the track and average sized persons, that should give you some idea of sizes etc.

Re: Cannot get my head arond it.

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:24 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Bill Reynolds wrote:Hello, I want a steam outline locomotive to go with my home built Gn15 i/c locomotive. Is it down to fitting a 'G' scale locomotive body to a 00 scale motor chassis? Would a LGB Porter body (for instance) fit a 00 scale Hornby??? chassis for example?


Hi Bill,
If you're not already familiar with Smallbrook's Locos take a look here:
http://www.smallbrookstudio.com/page_1297446739791.html
Here's Mark's version of the kit.
viewtopic.php?t=7410
Here's Paul's scratch-built Loco:
viewtopic.php?t=3789
These can be found in the Loco Shed.
GerryB

Smallbrook

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:38 pm
by Thorness
I have to say that I am well pleased with the Smallbrook locos. I have a Columbine built and am in the process of building Katie. They use a Hornby Smokey Joe chassis which are quite easy to come by and not too expensive.

New Smallbrook site: http://www.smallbrookstudio.co.uk/

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:43 pm
by Artizen
I have the Smallbrook Katie - mostly finished and chipped. Just needs to be finally painted and tarted up. The current problem is the pickups on the wheels don't sit too well after pulling the whole thing to pieces to add the chip across the top of the motor.
I have to say that the Smokey Joe seemed to run much slower and more betterer on DCC (until I 'fixed' the pickups) as I am able to run it in shunt mode.
I also have the small steam engine from the Fleischmann Magic Train series as well as four Davenports - all of which make good alternatives (you can add skirts to the Davenports to hide their diesevil origins).

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:49 pm
by rue_d_etropal
Always worthwhile checking out toyshops and toy departments in cheap supermarkets. There is a range, I talked about last year, originally in B&M shops but I have seen in others with a small trainset, O gauge, but I think the body would be about right size for Gn15. A bit long for the 040 chassis, though.
Otherwise the Hornby Bill/Ben 040 saddle tank is a good one to convert. New bigger cab, extend chimney, and replace face with a proper smokebox door.

Re: Cannot get my head arond it.

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:55 am
by WaterleyShunter
Bill Reynolds wrote:Hello, I want a steam outline locomotive to go with my home built Gn15 i/c locomotive. Is it down to fitting a 'G' scale locomotive body to a 00 scale motor chassis? Would a LGB Porter body (for instance) fit a 00 scale Hornby??? chassis for example?


You could probably do this and it would look very funny, excellent for a whimsical layout, but it would never fit down an ordinary 15' line. :twisted:

In any case, using such a wide loco would negate one of the pricncipal advantages of the minimum gauge - the ability to fit through and into very small openings and spaces where no other railway can go.

I think that using a body from one of the plastic Thomas the Tank Engine push-along toys is a possibility, seeing what Bob Hughes (Blackcloud) has done with the smaller die-cast versions in 0-9 (see Size dosen't matter).

Or perhaps a scratchbuild, a steam loco body is, at its most basic, a big tube with some boxes and smaller tubes stuck to it.

Churzes,

Gettin' your head around it is easy

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:41 pm
by Stumpy
You can fairly easily kit bash Bachmann On30 steamers to Gn15. I used a 2-6-0 Mogul by removing the front truck, cowcatcher, headlight, smoke stack, and cab and built larger scale replacements.
The tender was upgraded by adding tall wood racks on the sides and rear and firewood stacked in the area. The engineer sits in the cab or on a seat board on the front of the tender.
12" radius curves are no problem with this conversion and if you're careful 10" is possible.