HOn30 tank loco

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Ray Marinaccio, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

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    Fantastic work, Ray! And the photographs are top notch, too. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    Your expert handling of all that small stuff puts every Swiss watchmaker to shame! :D

    Ron (flabbergasted...)
  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I've been doing some work on this project and thought I'd post a few photos.
    I still have to install some more decals and clear coat it.

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  3. JorgeC

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    Simply OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!
  4. nachoman

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    This is truly inspiring. Do you have an HOn30 line on your layout? You may have inspired me to work on a similar project I have been working on. My issue is soldering stuff to the boiler. What kind of iron are you using?

    Kevin
  5. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Thanks guys.
    I don't have any track laid yet.
    Since I started this project I acquired some HOn3 trucks and rolling stock and I haven't decided which to regauge.
    As for soldering I am using a 250/325 watt Weller soldering gun. I use Tix liquid flux on the parts, then using a "tinned" tip heat the parts until the solder flows from the tip to the parts. If you have problems with other parts coming unsoldered, wrap the boiler with a wet rag to slow the transfer of heat.
    I got a resistance soldering system but haven't used it yet.
  6. doctorwayne

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    Great progress, Ray. :thumb: I really like that tender, too!

    Wayne
  7. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Thanks Wayne,
    Here's a few close up photos showing the link and pin couplers.
    They are modified N scale Rapido couplers.
    They will also couple to the Minitrain cars.

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  8. BrownMouse

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    Ray, could you describe how you made those link and pin couplers? Sorry to resurrect an ancient thread, but it seemed like a good idea to ask out here, instead of a private message, in case someone else was interested. Thanks,

    Elnathan
  9. Triplex

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    I'm no expert, but it certainly captures the look of sugar plantation engines. The proportions look typical of small narrow-gauge engines, and the tender (for cubes of bagasse, I presume) looks right.
  10. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Hi Elnathan,
    I was planning to do a how-to on the couplers but got tied up with some other projects.
    I basically cut the hook off the Rapido coupler, drilled a .040" hole in the center of the face into the shank of the coupler. O then drilled another hole on each side of the first hole. I then trimmed and filed them out to form the pocket for the link. Pieces of plastic were glued on the sides and top, then a hole for the pin was drilled and the coupler was filed to shape.
    I wish I had taken photos as I built them, it would help show how they were made. I plan to make more of them in the future, I will get some photos then.