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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler on: October 19, 2018, 07:19:02 AM
Hope the service department can help you.  They are great folks, who try very hard for their customers.

In the meantime...

There are two possibilities for your problem:

1) The bottom plate, that holds the drive wheels in place, may need a touch of tightening so the main drive gear can engage the worm gear; or

2) The cog belt, or "drive belt" has split/broken, and can no longer engage the motor with the worm gear.

Problem (1) is an easy fix, but one must not get to heavy with the screwdriver.  Things can break if turned too tight.

Problem (2) requires disassembly of the shell and most of the motor frame.  Plus, you must have a spare belt to replace the old belt.  That particular part is "sold out" quite a lot.  When the belts are in stock, they sell out fast.  Just sayin'...

I love finding good locos at train shows that "don't run".  But then, I love taking stuff apart and putting stuff back together.

Those are really nice locos.  Hope you find a solution.


2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 17, 2018, 07:12:24 AM
That is a pickle.  I suppose prying the door away is out as white metal is really soft (will bend).  At the same time, the metal is hard enough that trimming with a knife is difficult.  Also could make a mess of that great-looking trim.

How much adhesive did you use?  Can you cut a hole, from behind the door?  You know, to release the glue. Spitballing.

You might possibly be able to use a wheel, with a motor tool, to trim the bottom of the door, being extra careful around the corner trim.

Of course, from 12 inches away you won't be able to tell (ignore it).  That's probably not an option for you.  I've seen your work... meticulous.


3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Banta Silver Bull Saloon. An HO scale build thread. on: October 15, 2018, 07:08:43 AM

On the edge of my seat!  Thanks for letting us in on this. Cant wait!


4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Headlight dont work on the Chessie 2-6-6-2 item 82602 on: October 11, 2018, 06:59:31 AM,34005.0.html

The link is my thread on a 2-6-6-2 that I worked on.

When purchased, the motor did not work.  The problem was a wire that was not soldered to the electronics board under the locomotive shell.  Perhaps you have a similar problem.

There is a hidden screw under the steam dome, and one or two screws under the cab.  This should release the shell, so you can inspect the chassis.

Hope that helps.


5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 0-6-0 smoke ?? on: October 10, 2018, 07:13:07 AM
Yes indeed.  These shells are tough to remove the firs time.  They are really stuck tight. If you run a search in the HO section, using my name (jonathan), and 0-6-0, you should get a number of hits.  I posted lots of photos on disassembling this loco.

The trick is the tabs that are located just to the upper rear of the steam cylinders.  They really hold the shell on well.  It's tough to spread the shell around those tabs.  IIRC there is on screw below the cab to remove.  I'll take a look when I can.

The smoke unit is easy to pull out.  However, I took out the needle/wire arrangement and filled the container with lead. 


6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Power shortage on: October 05, 2018, 07:03:21 AM
Your Bachmann 2-6-2 Prairie is, in reality, a USRA 0-6-0 with added lead and trailing trucks.  If it were me, I would remove the lead and trailing trucks and be done with them.  The locomotive will look more like the prototype and solve the jumping switch problem.  I have done this to a 2-6-2 I have.  It is now much happier as an 0-6-0.


7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EMD E7 shell removal on: September 27, 2018, 07:25:22 AM
Look underneath for black, phillips screws that hold the shell on. I don't recall removing couplers or the fuel tank.  Screws will be tight the first time.


8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EM-1 on: September 25, 2018, 07:16:42 AM
Best guess is sales finally started to decrease.  So management decided not to initiate another run of the EM-1.

Actually, I am pleasantly surprised that loco stayed in production as long as it did. Seems it was very popular, even among non B&O fans. I collected two, which is plenty for such a large locomotive.  I had pipe-dreams of collecting enough to have a model of all 30 EM-1s. That would have been a pricey venture.

I can't remember how long the Light/Heavy Mountains stayed in production... perhaps the same amount of time?

I would think the same thing will happen to the new Pennsy Steamer.  Soon enough, the market will be saturated enough to cease production and move on to the next cool locomotive.


9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Testing the "Free" Photobucket site. on: September 11, 2018, 06:55:11 AM
I, too, would like to return to photobucket... more user-friendly as Len stated.  I will try it out at the next opportunity.

Fingers crossed.


10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More Boxcar Projects on: September 11, 2018, 06:53:50 AM
Thanks, Sid.

Yes, the car came fully detailed.  I weathered and added the load. That's it.

All of the fine details are not glued in.  They are pressure fit, in layers. The plastic is very pliable. Even the ladders will pop out.  Very clever assembly, but nerve-racking.  I removed as few parts as possible in order to take the frame from the shell.


11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad, sorta on: September 08, 2018, 07:40:53 PM
That is very, very cool! Congrats on your work...


12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More Boxcar Projects on: September 08, 2018, 07:37:32 PM
Knees are shot. Can't run anymore. Gotta get some kind of exercise.  Grin


13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: More Boxcar Projects on: September 08, 2018, 07:42:06 AM
Guess it's been a long while since I posted one of my boxcar projects.  Really, haven't been doing any lately.

Recently I did work on one that turned out OK. 

This is a Kadee boxcar... So, yes, I cheated.  These cars come highly detailed straight from the factory... albeit a bit pricey:

DSC_1434 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1435 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

It took a long time to disassemble this car, without damaging the details.  There's more plastic than metal... one must be delicate. 

Anyway, I've been assisting one of our club members teach a class on upgrading, tuning, detailing, and weathering rolling stock.  This car was my project from the class.  My clubmate turned me on to Classic Metal Works.  I always thought they only made model cars and trucks.  Turns out they also produce well-detailed loads for flat cars and gondolas.  Who knew?  Embarrassed

I used a load of Havoline Oil Cases, stacked on top each other.  I believe the load was around  $8 US. I secured them with 5-minute epoxy:

DSC_1433 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

other side:
DSC_1432 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

DSC_1430 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

Just something to share on a Saturday.  Beats fixing a lawnmower, which is where I'm headed now.


14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Plus F7A-B Decoder DCC upgrade on: August 29, 2018, 10:50:28 AM

I have done exactly what you are planning.

For years Bachmann's F7A and F7B units have come "DCC Ready".

Once you have removed the screws on either side of the fuel tank, the shell will lift off. However, the shell may be a bit sticky the first time you remove it. Also, one CAN remove the shell without removing the front coupler, but it's an easier operation if the coupler is removed.

You will see a "dummy" plug on top of the motor section.  This is removed and a decoder is plugged in to the 8-pin receptacle. Easy as that.

I used the standard Bachmann EZ command decoders for my 3 units. Any standard motion decoder will work... just make sure the decoder has an 8-pin connector, or you can solder on a connector yourself.

Somewhere, in the not-too distant past, I posted a few threads on my F7 projects... with pictures.  Don't have the time for a search at the moment.


15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bulldrog shot on: August 15, 2018, 06:56:37 AM
I'm with Sid on this one.

I added around 1.5 ounces to my Berk, mostly in the smokebox where there is plenty of room.  There is also room in the domes to add more weight.  This also shifts the balance of the loco.  The loco is a bit light up front as delivered.  Makes all the difference.

I have played with bullfrog snot on a few locos.  It works well when adding to just one driver.  As stated before, the snot does wear down over time and more must be applied later.  Got nothing against this product.  It does what it says it does. However, given the choice, I would first opt for adding weight.


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