Some Craaaaazy HOn3 kitbashing, aka. DDm45 Frustrations

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by renesis, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. lv4142003

    lv4142003 Member

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    Here is the other photo. I wish I could remember where I got it from! Joe <lv4142003>

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    pedrop New Member

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    A Real BB+BB truck

    Hi lv4142003,

    I know that model. I was presented at the annual Frateschi HO model railroading contest. The loco uses a BB+BB truck made from frateschi U20C trucks. The author cut one axle of Frateschi truck (3 axles) and use just two of them. The model became great to a non expert model railroader, but for those how like real prototypes models it is not good. The reason is simple: the Frateschi trucks are totally different from the real trucks used by BB+BB units. Please compare here bolth of them and tell me if you agree with me. I intend to model a perffect copy of a real BB truck made by Cruzaco....and powered! That dash 9 is not powered on all trucks.:)

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    PedroP, thanks for the update. I kknew I found it on a Brsilian website. I didn't think it was powered, but it was clever using the U20C truck. See the attached photo. After I saw your last 2 photos I played around with some ideas and remembered a guy built a SDL39 truck chopping up an Athearn GP and SD trucks. I'm looking through my files looking for that article. He used the GP for the gears and modified the SD for the odd spacing of the SDL39. Thanks Joe <lv4142003>

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    PedroP what is the wheelbase on the Cruzaro "B" truck? Is it close to the wheelbase of a Athearn GP truck? And what happened to the Centro-Oeste-Ferromodleste site? Thanks <lv4142003>
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    PedroP, sorry I spelled "Ferromodellismo" wrong. <lv4142003>
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    PedroP, Over on the Decalque do Carlao web site, a guy has made a DDM45 in HO using his decals. Do you know any of the particulars about how he built it? <lv4142003>
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    Hi Joe,:)
    sorry to delay a bit to answer this question. I was absent from home.
    It´s a difficult question to me because I do not have any Athearn GP in my collection. In Brazil the GP are broad gauge and run only in Sao Paulo state. The Cruzaco "B" truck is very close to the B truck of GM G12. Do you know the dimensions of GP trucks?
    The Centro-Oeste web site was off line for a time but is back here: http://vfco.brazilia.jor.br/noticias.htm

    Pedro
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    Hi Joe,:)

    to model a DDM45 in HO scale is not difficult. You can use a SD45 body shell and trucks from old Athearn DD40´s. The challenger is to build a real DDM45. In this case you must use a HO SD45 and narrow the trucks to HOn3, because the real DDM45 is a standard SD45 running on meter gauge D-D trucks. This is the renesis challenger from what he open this thread. If you just want to run a DDM45 in you HO layout you can easily do it using only parts from Athearn.:)

    Pedro