N to HOn3

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Model Railroading' started by JBBVry, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. JBBVry

    JBBVry Member

    ok i want to know what all do you need to do to make a N gauge into a HOn3?
  2. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all


    If you use N-scale mechanisms and track, you will have HOn30 (HOn2.5, HOn2 1/2, or whatever you want to call it....)

    Some might even argue HOn2...

    N-gauge track is 9mm...

    HOn3-gauge track is 10mm...

    So, if a rivit counter were to attack, you'd want to have a set of rubber calipers handy to fool him with... :D :D :D

    If you want HOn3, use the N-gauge track and mechanisms. It'll be our little secret... :thumb: :rolleyes:

    The general rule of thumb is the same as using HO gauge track and mechanisms for On30.

    For the track, bury the ties in ballast, muck, weeds and grass to hide them. Or remove every other one to give the track a narrow gauge look.

    For the mechanisms. You can buy kits to bash the N-scale equipment into HOn3. Or do a little scratch-building and kit-bashing.

    This usually means putting on a larger cab and details...

    Good luck and have fun...
  3. JBBVry

    JBBVry Member

    yes i know it is HOn30 but can the wheels be moved outbord enough to make it HOn3 a scale 6 inches? i know this can be done on some of the engines but can it be done on all?
  4. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    I don't know...

    I guess that the only way to find out is through trial and error... It's only 1mm, so it should be doable for most equipment. Although, you might have to adjust the sideframes on some stuff so the wheels don't rub...
  5. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    For some engines, this can be done--I have successfully scooted out Bachmann 0-4-0 engines' drivers the necessary .5mm in each direction. However, anything with intricate valve gear will probably have enormous trouble getting scooted out in that fashion!
  6. JBBVry

    JBBVry Member

    that is what i was thinking. yes i was woundering about this for the 2-6-6-2 i have comming in the mail from Ebay. guess this means i am now in 3 scales. HO HOn3 and now HOn30 this is getting interesting.

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