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As mentioned before in a couple of other posts I'd started to scratchbuild a boxcab diesel in S scale as an experiment, as I'd never worked in this scale before and wanted to see what it was like. IF it all works out then it may lead to a small 'inglenook' style layout being built based on one of the New York freight terminals. So far the loco build has been quite a pleasant change from building locos from kits and I'm quite taken by the compact size of the loco in a scale that falls between 4 and 7mm scales , the bodywork being made up from leftover bits of brass sheet that have been kicking around in the workshop for a while.

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The above show the bodywork and I then moved on to the underframe. I drew this up on the computer and sent the artwork off to be etched in nickel silver and this duly arrived back. The follwing two photos show this built up and the non-powered bogie fitted.

 

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Am now about to start on the powered bogie so it's crunch time for the whole project, the motor will drive one axle and a delrin chain will link to the other one.......hope it works!!:unsure:

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Hi John :)

 

For a scratchbuilt engine that is very very impressive, it looks fantastic. Its things like this that really give me insperation to carry on.

 

Thank you for posting those pictures and keep on going.

 

Missy :)

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Thanks guys.......yes it's so pig ugly it's cute!!B)...well I think so.The power bogie's coming along fine so far, I'm using a Canon 1833 motor mounted vertically driving a set of Branchlines 39-1 gears and then the delrin chain out to the other axle.These locos were not exactly speedy machines, but I'm hoping there's plenty of clout there for shunting. Will post photo of bogie anon.....

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Have now got the power bogie more or less together, just got the sideframes,coupler attachment plate and a cover for the lower middle part chain to fit.

 

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Seems to run very well with a nice slow speed and is quite powerful , will use wiper pick-ups for current collection and fit Lenz chip with a Power1 module which should take care with any problems with said pick-ups :)

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are you going to post a youtube of it running for all of us to be even more amazed at your talents

 

Ha ha!........I fear you may well be waiting a fair while for this to happen as I've not got round to building any track yet, though I suppose it wouldn't take long to knock up a bit to test it on . I'm on a huge learning curve with S scale , I haven't quite got over it being in imperial measurements whereas I'm more used to millimetres ....:lol:

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:icon_drool: :icon_drool: :icon_drool: very nice. You have some real talent with brass.

 

kepp up the good work

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is the bracket on the end of the bogie for a kadee box to screw to?

 

It is, I'm going to fit a No 5 and hope it works as I've got about 20 of the things in the 'bits box'. It's not the right type for S scale but I've read on an American site that it works so we'll see..........flying by the seat of my pants again :lol:

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It's done.......

 

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Will fit the couplers later, now the weathers warmed up a tad have been to Halfords for a can of primer so will give it a blast with that, wire it up , build a bit of test track and see if it runs :mellow:

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  • 6 months later...

Ah!...the best laid schemes etc....It's been a while since I added anything to this thread and during this time it slowly dawned on me that building the engine was fine BUT the prospect of scratch building the stock to go with it would take forever. I know you can get S gauge kits for boxcars etc but these would have to come from the States and, plus import duty , weren't exactly going to be economical!!. Sooooo!.......back to the drawing board and the decision , which in hindsight I should have taken in the first place, to do it all in HO scale ,hence...............

 

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The body is in brass and sits on a Bachmann 70ton diesel chassis , which OK isn't exactly quite right and I've adjusted the body measurements to fit, but overall it looks like it supposed to :)

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Have now got a bit of paint on the beastie......will be lettered up as Lehigh Valley No 100 , suitably weathered, windows glazed and the couplings put on.......then off to find some suitable stock.....:rolleyes:

 

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Have been doing a little more on this subject , this is how the mk1 version ended up.......

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Since then I've done some artwork and had the parts for the body of the Mk2 version etched up in brass, this version of the loco is as they were running on the Erie/Reading etc. roads my version will be lettered up for the Harlem Transfer Co though the thought of doing it steady s me up a bit .........the body sits on a Bachmann 44ton diesel chassis, a tad long in the wheelbase but 'twill do.....

 

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