Well this quarantine has me doing some crazy things! I can't justify spending $70-100 for Stewart/Bowser units, but I want some N&W C630's, so I'm doing it the old fashion way, kitbashing! I picked up several shells and mechanisms to the tune of about $50 for everything. The plan is to build 2 C630's, TYCO bodies; one on a modified Athearn frame to use Trainmaster trucks, the other on an IHC C628 frame with tri-mount trucks. I'll end up with a left over C628 that I'll build into something and a spare Bachmann C40-8 frame. I know these will all be a lot of work, but the goal is to stay under $40 total for each unit including detail parts. This is a side project while working on my GBW Alco fleet, mostly because I'm eccentric, wish me luck!
Post by slowfreight on May 18, 2020 11:44:38 GMT -5
I've seen the Tyco shell used to make a decent high-nose C628 many years ago. The guy used roughly the same parts you're using, saving the frame, pilots, cab, etc. from the Tyco unit. But you may do better using the IHC frame if you hack and cut more.
Well, I made a little more progress today, got the truck mounts shimmed up to get the correct ride height and truck spacing. The other junk showed up too, unfortunately one of the C628's is a dummy, but I bought some spare parts to make a powered chassis, we will have to see. The TYCO C630 actually fits pretty well on the Bachmann chassis, I might just buy another cheap Super 630 shell and explore that later. Maybe kitbash HI-AD trucks from the GE trucks?
Last Edit: May 18, 2020 19:02:23 GMT -5 by stlrail
A little bit more progress today; got the chassis put back together and pre wired (this will eventually be a DCC/sound unit). The shims electrically isolated the trucks from the frame, hense the two wires from the trucks, and a pro tip; the new style Athearn motor mounts (w/ screws) fit right in place of the old floppy plastic ones. The ride height still seems good, I'm going to use Atlas pilots grafted to the TYCO body (the Atlas sills are only about $4), but those will take a week or so to get here, so it looks like this may stagnate for a while. I may just work on my GBW stuff for a while.
Well, like any good project of mine, I have the best intentions of keeping it cheap, but I can't pass up a good deal. I picked up a complete Stewart C628 chassis from eBay for $40. This will go underneath the other TYCO shell to ensure both are good runners. In regards to what is spent on any individual unit, this is still WAY cheaper than a new Bowser unit...
Finally on the workbench! Still waiting on the Cal-Scale Century detail kits for these, which should be here this week, but I can get started on filling the body holes and working on attaching the Atlas pilots...