Post by thesd80macbeast on Oct 15, 2013 15:45:12 GMT -5
Does anybody have any experience using an N Scale motor in HO equipment due to lack of space? I need to think about this as my HO motor on on an RS-3 that I am converting to a slug is too high to fit under the hood.
I haven't attempted to use a N scale motor in an HO application, but I would figure that so long as the motor doesn't exceed it's maximum draw it would be fine. Another option could be to use a set of trucks with motors mounted to the trucks, such as those made by NWSL or Kato.
At least here in Europe, we don't have different power packs for certain scales. So voltage is most likely not a problem. You just have to make sure you don't overload the engine with pulling too much.
Voltages should be the same between N and HO, although N scale motors may not be designed to take the same current draw as HO (disclaimer: I dont model N scale). As long as the motor can handle the current you will be all set. Remember that you can often use N scale decoders in HO applications, as long as the decoder can handle the current. Since you are using DCC, you should be able to speed match your slug, it would be a matter of getting all the CVs just right.
Post by thesd80macbeast on Oct 17, 2013 10:24:00 GMT -5
Well it appears I may have been a bit hasty with the n scale motor idea. I happened to have a kato motor lying around and gave that quick test fit in my RS-3 knowing it is smaller than the original. What do you know, it fits! And if I gtound down the frame where the flywheels sit it'll even sit lower so I guess my answer is a simple motor replacement with either a kato or mashima, if I can get one cheap enough.