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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-8-8-4...my favorite! on: April 27, 2018, 11:33:37 AM

  in regards to the one that doesn't run ,did you try to see if it would run  on dc or do a factory reset first. perhaps its a bad decoder.ias hard as these are to find, i would try putting in a new decoder in.aslo in my experience i have found that setting cv-2 vstart from 10 to 0 makes all the difference in slow speed control &running. .if you do decide to dig into it  check out mark's spookshow , he gives a good example of what you need to do reguarding  disassembly. these are quite nicely detailed models and it is highly unlikely we will see a rerun for many yrs.what is strange many of us have been asking for a heavy mtn for yrs to no avail. also you are quit limited to what you can do with those old lentz decoders,so you would be far ahead to up grade your decoders for better programming and running access. i have started some time back upgrading my decoders as i i am liking the addition of adding sound to my layout. hope this helps you out and am sure others will chime in also.
   regards& later KEWATIN
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / does bachmann china mfg n scale for the chinese market,as i am visiting in may on: March 08, 2018, 10:13:43 PM
 to the bachmann
i see that your china based parent company mfgs HO scale with some beautifull 2-8-0,'s mikados and mountains .but my interest is in n scale &would like to purchase these while in beijing or shanghai while there. i already have some hobby shops via google and translation,but cannot quite understand bachmann china's site in regards to scale.would you possibly have an answer,so when there in late may&early june ithat i could venture forth in my pursuit of obtaining the above mentioned locos if made in n scale. they would easily be a  nice addition on a n. american road.
 regards&later KEWATIN
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: traction tires on: February 02, 2018, 11:02:05 PM
i understand your frustration, i too had a need for traction tires, fortunately for me a fellow forum member stepped out and sent me some spares he could afford to part with,no charge. in the interim,i found a product at home depot called plasti-dip$6.98 for 14.5 fl oz. it works as good as BULLFROG SNOT  for $25-30 dollars for a very small bottle.you use it the same way in the application bye applying with a toothpick or small detailed tip paintbrush. plenty of videos out there on youtube. PLASTI-DIP comes in a few colors but you can get black. also get the dip  and not the spray. i have used it successfully on a number of locos
 and it did the same for me ,but at a a1/4 the cost of snot. hope this helps your situation .
 regards&later  KEWATIN
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: traction wheels on: January 22, 2018, 01:09:56 PM
len he did mention 0-6-0 and 2-6-0 but no gauge ho or n. i checked and there is no stock for these and has been that way for mths. as i needed some for my 10 yr old connies. a wonderful fellow on this forum sent me a xmas present,no charge from fla to do all 4 of mine..instead of using $30 bullfrog snot you could use PLASTI-DIP $6.95 at home depot for $6.96
it comes in a small bottle,and you can get it in various colors.you apply it the same way as bullfrog snot.it was developed for coating small tools to stop hand slippage. does it work? you bet it does ,presently using it on BLT E8 & KATO 2-8-2
 also a good rule of thumb is not to push these locos ,when putting them on the track,as that is a sure way to have to re tire them . hope this info helps .
 regards&later KEWATIN
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Turntable DCC setup on: December 03, 2017, 09:35:07 PM
 first off you didn't say who's decoder you installed, if its the bachmann decoder then yes you assign the turntable an address just like you would a locomotive. i to have an nce powercab and i prefer to use a 4 digit number and would give it a ie #1000 so it wouldn't conflict with my loco #s.thats just my preference though.  you also don't say who's track you are using? as i use kato uni-track all my #6 switches are power routing and their turntable, as i got tired waiting for bachmann's turntable to arrive some yrs back.what i mean by power routing is that the inbound track to the turntable would become live right up till you enter onto the table bridge ,then when you select what track you want, then use your direction button forward or back . you may also want to power your storage tracks ,but that will be you choice. trust this will help you in your setup of your table.
 regards&later KEWATIN
6  Discussion Boards / N / the use of RTV SILICONE to replace traction tires on locomotives on: November 26, 2017, 05:53:47 PM
 as there are no stock of traction tires on bachmanns parts page or kato for that matter ,relating to re tiring my 2-8-0- connies &other locos ,and not wanting to buy bull frog snot,as i would never in my present lifetime 77 yrs  and counting.would like to know have any of you tried using rtv silicone sealant. here is a web site 32 pages long depickting the various types with facts &figures that go along with each, much like officer obbies comments on alices resturaunt song. i am sure i seen a post some where on one of the forums where it was used to great satisfaction. i thought i would pll fellow modelers before trying ,but try i will. regards &many thanks for those offering help&suggestions.
 regards&later KEWATIN
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-10-2 Shell on Light 4-8-2 Mechanism? on: November 16, 2017, 10:40:30 PM
 a good comparison would be to check mark;s spookshow,good photos and stats. i did'nt know that bachmann did a revised new release of the LT,MTN in 2012 changes in motor from open sided to 3 pole closed. also the boiler assemblies have 2 screws ,where as the older version  you had to spread the cab sides apart and according to marks write up were difficult to move forward because of metal weight. i do not know what version you have early or late? it seems my heavy mtns of which i have 4 were mfg. in 2007 then i ask my self where has the time gone ,10 yrs i have had these and they still pull &run excellent.in closing i am sure you have already looked at spookshows web site, and appears you will have challenge
to achieve your goal,then again some folks have more skills than others.
 regards&later KEWATIN
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 2-10-2 Shell on Light 4-8-2 Mechanism? on: November 16, 2017, 09:36:21 PM
 looking at the 2 locomotives ,from pilot step to end of cab ,they both are about the same length 9.5mm.,big drivers versus small drivers,valve gear mech lineup ,maybe would present some clearance problems. the person to ask would be SKIPGEAR aka tony hines. he has over the yrs made many a custom loco.i have not seen him lately but checking his posts he was last here sept20. /17  if any one would know tony would.the concept is an excellent idea but as heavy&light mtns are scarce or like me i would be hesitant to tear mine apart to try a fit.i know tony ,myself &others have pleaded for bachmann to do a rerun,but it seems to have fallen on death ears.you don't even find them on e-bay anymore.SKIPGEAR if you are out there please join in and give us your expertise.i shall continue to follow this thread as it holds some great promise of maybe becoming a reality for those brave enough to take the plunge.
 regards&later KEWATIN
9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: bachmann class j poor linkage on: November 15, 2017, 05:26:07 PM
rocket science, i don't think it was the older white boxed model .as i am into M.B KLEIN all the time and they don;t sell stock that old.they at present have no listings at all for the J. in aronx's favour,i did check BACHMANN'S parts stock ,and yes there are no power cylinder parts available. out of stock/ it does sound strange ,as he said he sent $90 along with his 2 locos for repair.perhaps he is a younger person & disposed his warranty card &sales receipt. bachmann's service has always sent back my loky saying it was bench run &ok. one thing i have noticed over the yrs is that the sleeve in the original packing that slides over the jewel case will interfear with the linkage if not carefull.this has happened to me on a few occasions with my heavy mts,and i have had to put the linkage back with considerable patience.now i just leave the sleeves off.as most of us know in N SCALE  modelling ,because of its size one must be carefull.also i don't understand his reasoning about accepting another model or models of same value,rather than have original investment of 2 models plus $90 for repair services and still have 2 models that don't work i have had the service dept step up and replace a heavy mtn loco with a 2-10-2,because of no stock to fix. to use your cliche its not rocket science as to what i would do in his case.i guess in closing some folks have money to burn/ regards&later KEWATIN
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: bachmann class j poor linkage on: November 13, 2017, 10:40:15 PM
aron, it sounds like you have had both these 2 models less than a yr.you didn't give a time frame?
if you look at BACHMANNS warranty ,it stated your locos would be covered for 1 year with proof of purchase. why did you send any money to begin with?give laura harris a call at customer service and she will make it right. would you settle for another type loco? as  there are no parts. i have had to accept another type in place of my original, but at least they have and do offer to please there customers. you have to be a little flexible in your wants. better to have 2 locos replaced with 2 alternate types that work,than 2 that don't. i along with others here on the forum have been very satisfied with
BACHMANNS service dept &warranty over the many yrs  of buying their products.give them a call explain the situation and be polite and i am sure you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
 regards&later  KEWATIN
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ground throws on: November 09, 2017, 05:28:07 PM
if you are looking for scale non working switch stands google minatures by eric and look under ho scale you will find part # s16 or s7 with a photo of each. bit pricey at $6.oo a wack ,but if its about scale knock yourself out.
hope this helps you out .gooday
regards&later KEWATIN
12  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Why not make various shells for same mechanism? on: October 30, 2017, 08:03:16 PM
 well,one good thing has already emerged,is the fact the administrator showed up and made a comment sarcastic or not,with a happy face. it shows that mfg's do listen.many of us on this forum are well aware of tooling costs etc,i myself being a retired moulded plastic toolmaker. thats why we are suggesting making alternative shells to fit your chassis.cost savings right there.it would also bring the model to the marketplace much sooner. to say detailed shells from shapeways.
are not good quality have any of you modellers seen what SUPERTURBINE has built in the last few yrs  using many BACHMANN chassis in his work. you would drool for  hours. i think it would be to BACHMANNS credit to do a  a forum survey as buyers&supporters of their products to do one. i personally appreciate this forum that they make available and do buy their products ,so what would it hurt the ADMINISTRATOR to put up a starter thread&gauge the results. i think you would be pleasantly surprised at the response.
 regards&later KEWATIN
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Why not make various shells for same mechanism? on: October 29, 2017, 09:52:53 PM
 points are well taken piyer, but i will take the compromise issue any day,as i am not a rivet counter.all that means is we take our modelling skills of acceptance to the level one is comfortable with,after all its my railroad,so whom am i to critisize anyone else. here"s a good xample. there is a well know mfg right now selling conversion kits of the PRR raymond lowery
streamlined  pacific for a BACHMANN K4 PACIFIC chassis and they are selling very well.also  checking back thru older forums  i see that this was the second poll that kato has done. as a strong supporter of bachmann for giving us more steam than most mfg's i would think it be in their best interest to poll members to see what is most wanted?  they can do it in  n scale or  ho as what they do in ho generally ends up ,being produced in n scale.also i along with others would like to see more vandy tenders available.how about it bachmann get those dies out from the mountain or northern locos and run them again? i hope more people put forth their input on this thread,maybe some good will come from it.
 regards&later KEWATIN
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Why not make various shells for same mechanism? on: October 29, 2017, 06:17:25 PM
 maletrain ,i am on the same page as you &many others here on the forum. in fact i posted much the same as you on july12/2013, again on mar02/14 and again on aug15/2015. from a mfg sense it would seem like the proper path to bring to  fruition more new models at the least expense. i would like to see BACHMANN run a survey on this forum as to what the model rail community would like to see  for a new steam product release,much the same as kato did ,which i also posted on this forum some time back.bachmann"s northern is just begging for a new release with dcc &sound . so many roads used these ,and the last of them were still operating in canada well into 1962.they were the work horse of the CNR, GTW,CV hauling both freight and passenger be fore falling to diesels.again, like you said the pacific could yeild so many models, streamlined & un shrouded etc.etc. lets see if some more folks respond and if so maybe the administrator  will give it some thought with the powers to be and post a survey.
regards&later KEWATIN
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Re-connection of tender to 0-6-0 on: October 16, 2017, 11:29:14 AM
 kirke, you could help by identifying the parts u  need ,by going to home page and click on order parts,then click on N scale box and photos of locos come up,click on 0-6-0 and follow the photos of parts that you can match up with what you need
and maybe someone on the forum might have what you need in their scrap box.i do see they are out of stock ,but at least you can see what is damaged and what is not. i too am an old timer at 77 and my vision at times gets me frustrated but i have gained so much out of this hobby  & the sharing &willingness of fellow board members to help one another is why i
play with trains. i wish you well in fixing your loco.
 regards&later KEWATIN
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