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GM class 66, 5-door / low emission version (Mehano)


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I want a modern engine to haul my air-braked stock. This is a repaint of the Mehano class 77 into a representation of one of the low-emission class 66 engines as it ran with GBRf in their interim livery.

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The paint job is by Andi Walshaw of Cairns Road Works, and Andi also changed the handrails on the cab fronts from plastic to wire. I think the result is pretty fabulous.

 

This is the model as supplied by Mehano:
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There is a short discussion on the suitability of this model here.

 

I put a Kadee #20 coupler on one end before the repaint. I had to use the "long" version of the coupler so the knuckle will clear the buffers on my reverse curve - this is 24 inches to the left and 18 inches to the right in the photo here. The engine is specified for a radius 1 (c. 15 inch) curve.
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At the other end I have put a non-working "scale" coupler and the supplied blanking plate over the NEM socket. This really is a beautiful model - drive to the outer axles on each bogie, traction tyres on the innermost axles, pick-ups on the four axles without traction tyres. The running is just about perfect - on a par with the Rapido APT-E.

 

Posted 6 June 2016 (before repaint), rewritten 16 November 2016 (after repaint)

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