Nice, good luck with the conversion and let us see how it goes.
I want to do an open cab plantation type Porter now so I was wondering where you had sourced your Porter. I am heavily leaning towards the Deltang battery radio control so DCC or sound aren't important to me.
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The spare parts caught my attention. I think by Anglicising the Bachmann Porter I should obtain the flavour of a bush or industrial tramway.
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Reminds me of my pre-war clockwork 'Caerphilly Castle' (4-4-2!!!!!!). It even needed 2' radius curves to be banked or it came off the tracks at a high rate of knots.
All that I am saying is that the Smallbrook bodies are designed for specific (not Rolls Royce) mechs and may need a fair amount of surgery to fit anything better.
Date: 20/09/2013 15:19:14
Subject: RE: Re: [ausnarrowgauge] RE: Australianise an On30 Porter
On page 4 of their catalog Smallbrook sell the parts for their kits, so if you want just a cab or tanks or whatever then you can get them on their own.
I know what you mean about the Hornby mechs. Back when I started with model railways I got a Smokey Joe (from 1991, painted in rather fetching Highland Railways colours). It went so fast at full throttle that it went straight off a 40cm radius curve, cleared the layout and hit the wall of my bedroom. I glued the funnel back on and away she went. Happy times :)
Retooling using the much nicer mechanisms nowadays would be costly I guess but worth it for the consumer