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Old 15-05-2018, 10:23 AM   #61
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A great deal of 'scenic' material can be sourced cheaply, you donít have to buy off the shelf items.
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Old 15-05-2018, 10:41 AM   #62
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Agreed, tis just when you decide to change things around, which i tend to do, very regularly
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Split chassis models are best avoided.
Split chassis are OK but a little care is needed when doing the job. I tend to make drilled connections in the body, soldering to the chassis IMO is not brilliant, although I have soldered copper wire to the chassis for the pick-up connections. Fitting sound is not a problem it being straight forward to fit the speaker in the tender and with the new speakers less work is needed with the tender.IMG_2084.jpg

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Old 15-05-2018, 11:09 AM   #64
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Split chassis are OK but a little care is needed when doing the job. I tend to make drilled connections in the body, soldering to the IMO is not brilliant, although I have soldered copper wire to the chassis for the pick-up connections. Fitting sound is not a problem it being straight forward to fit the speaker in the tender and with the new speakers less work is needed with the tender.Attachment 18005

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A couple of photos showing a split chassis hall and a Hornby tender for info.

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Yes Mike most of us realise all that, but my post was to advise a newbie who has never done any conversions, people need to learn to walk first, running can be learnt later.
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Old 15-05-2018, 11:17 AM   #65
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Yes Mike most of us realise all that, but my post was to advise a newbie who has never done any conversions, people need to learn to walk first, running can be learnt later.
Gosh Brian, sorry I put my head above the parapet. My intent was to show how easy it is to modify models with very little skill involved and particularly as the original post was asking about non DCC ready models.

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Old 15-05-2018, 12:35 PM   #66
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Nice conversion Tarifa Mike. I have found the easiest way to make holes is with my milling attachments as mini drill bits are not up to the material. The milling attachments seem to do better work though I keep swooping them soon can clean out the clogging on one while the next bit is doing its job.
I need to bore out two holes for my class 03's (One for each loco). I found Mainline locos easier to do then Bachmann as with Mainline one can normally use a screw already located in the chassis to hold a wire along with its normal intended use.
I do agree that this work is not for the feint hearted as it takes patience. Unless I'm just doing it the hard way? It could just be the methods and tools I use!
For most beginners, such things are achieveable but it depends on the individuals mechanical experiences and understanding. If one has to put a difficulty rating out of five, I would give this job a four. Some beginners would handle such projects with ease. Others with great difficulty.
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Thanks for the comments Mountain Goat. The tools used were,screw driver, files, mini vice, drill (1.8 and 2.2 mm diameter) and tap (10BA) and a soldering iron. I have threatened myself to invest in a milling attachment but I have not yet taken the plunge.
The loco modifications took time to do particularly filing the chassis recess to give clearance to give clearance between the decoder and loco body. At the same time I polished the wheel bearings in the chassis to give a VG runner.
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