Number 3 steams again

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by nachoman, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    This story may remind you of the one about your grandfather's axe...

    I bought this locomotive kit about 15 years ago when I was still a teen. I used money from my very first job. It is a MDC inside-frame 2-8-0 in HOn3, and it was the very first locomotive kit I ever attempted.

    I did my best following directions, and I learned a lot about tweaking mechanisms. But it never ran very smooth. A few years later, I picked up the NWSL regearing/remotoring kit, but I damaged the new motor installing it. Back in the box it went for a few more years. wall1

    Later, I found a new motor, installed it, and re-painted/detailed the superstructure. Unfortunately, the tender shell got damaged in storage, so I had to replace the tender. I had to file a some metal from the inside of the cylinders to make it go around my 15" radius curves. I ran it for awhile, then brought my small layout outside to take some photos...

    Well, the sun damaged the plastic of the boiler, causing cracks and a little distortion. Disappointed, it went back in the box.wall1

    A few years later, I found a junker boiler on ebay for just a few bucks. I bought it, detailed it, and had it all back together, and disaster struck again. The drivers were now out of quarter and loose on their axles. wall1

    I picked up some new drivers from MDC, went back over the mechanism, and got the paint and details back on, and here she is this afternoon. Of the original kit, all that is now left is the frame and cylinder casting. The rest has been replaced.

    She runs great and now has a working headlight. I still need an engineer and fireman, and some glass for the windows. Oh, and a tender step is broke and I want a backup light for the tender. But, it can pull trains now, and I am very happy about that :mrgreen:


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  2. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Very nice! :thumb: Be careful putting it in the sun to take your pictures. I hear from a very reliable source that you could damage the plastic of the boiler causing cracks and some distortion. I'd hate to see that happen again after everything it's already been through! :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:
  3. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    Very nice!!!:thumb::thumb:
  4. GN.2-6-8-0

    GN.2-6-8-0 Member

    Yep' very very nice job Nachoman and its great to see you perservered on this lady and took good care of her....congrats!!:thumb:
  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That's excellent Kevin! Perseverance and time pay off!
  6. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    lol TN! Great loco, and wow what a history it has!
  7. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Great Kevin. Nicely Done.
  8. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    It sounds like one of those things that break just when it seems fixed and ready to go:rolleyes::mrgreen: Still, that's a nice engine!:thumb:
  9. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Nice work on your loco, Kevin, and with a re-building history similar to many prototype locos. Sounds like it was also a great learning experience. ;):-D:-D

  10. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    Great read there, I sure could use some advice on some of the stuff you describe. Thats another day and another thread though.
  11. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Ask whatever you want - I can probably provide answers :)

  12. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Reading about all that ol' lady went through....makes me want to get my Mike kit out and start pounding some metal.....
  13. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Kevin, WOW!!!:eeki: , SLAP STUPENDOUS JOB!:thumb: , after reading the story with it, i AM IMPRESSED:winki::mrgreen: .

    Well done:bravo:

    :deano: -Deano
  14. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

    Always nice to see someone not giving up on a modeling project gone south. I've given up on my fair share in the past.
  15. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Looks really great Kev!!
  16. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Nice job bro. It looks really good. By the sounds of your story, perhaps, third time is a charm in this case?

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