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HOplasserem80c

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« on: February 07, 2007, 11:46:03 PM »

does bachmann still make there HO 2-8-2 mikado?you know the standerd ones that look like this (but this is in n i want one in HO)


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Jim Banner

Enjoying electric model railroading since 1950.


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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 01:29:21 AM »

That's the old sidewinder Consolidation with a trailing truck added.  I remember buying one close to 20 years ago.  The trailing truck stayed on it for maybe half an hour after I got it home.  It looks much better as a Connie.

Does yours make a lot of gear noise?  Even after two decades, mine still whines.  Never could get the noise out of it.
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Bill Baker

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007, 03:51:23 PM »

I don't think Bachmann makes them any more, but you can certainly find some on e-bay and they're relatively cheap.  I bought one a few years ago, and it too had a ginding sound.  I think it's just the nature of the pancake motor.  I love the configuration and am thinking of putting a whole new power unit in it.  I think NWSL has a power unit which is compatible.  And by the way, I took the trailing wheels of mine too.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 04:21:06 PM »

These are no longer available.  The shell is based on a Reading 2-8-0.  I believe the mold was destroyed. BTW a Bowser re-motor, regear, re-wheeling set.  It's a craftsman kit!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007, 11:28:51 AM »

Jay,

Thanks for the information about Bowser.  I got on their website and I think I found what I needed.  I'd love to get my old Connie running again.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007, 09:35:57 PM »

I don't know the present condition of the moulds, but they lasted long enough after the sidewinder version to be used for the Bachmann Plus version.  The latter had a can motor and a large flywheel/worm gear.  Not quite up to Spectrum standards, the were, never the less, miles ahead of the sidewinders in terms of smooth operation.  If Bill has super detailled the shell of his sidewinder, a Bachmann Plus Consolidation may be the way to go.  Very little modification of the old shell is required, and it is all on the inside where it does not show. 
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