K-12 4wD (belatedly) Rules!
- Way back on 09 April 2000 Terry Van Winkle wrote:
I understand that Mike South has used the Grandt Line Storage Battery
Loco chassis as the basis for an Alan Keef K-12 diesel mechanical loco.
Perhaps Mike would care to describe the results?"
Terry, your wish is my (belated) command! However, instead of polishing
up the lamp, Ill settle for firing up the keyboard instead
My 1:32 2ft gauge (NMRA On3) Alan Keef K-12 4wD uses a Grandt Line
#3053 Storage Battery Mine Locomotive and #7053 Micro-Mo Drive Unit
- all of which are absolutely spot on! - wheelbase, wheel size,
everything, right down to the frame depth and spring/axlebox detail!
All in all, an ideal Beginners loco in 1:32n2. Being a masochist, I
chose to build mine in sheet brass, although Plastikard would have done
just as well, been almost as strong, and certainly a whole lot quicker!
For prototype references I used the following:-
Industrial Railway Record (Industrial Railway Society, England),
No. 91, December 1981, p.362 - b&w photo
No. 113, June 1988, p. 242 (bottom) + p.243, top & centre
Railway Times (Railway Times Publications, England - now defunct, the
publication that is, not the country!),
No. 17, April 1980 - p. 33, b&w photo
Scale Drawing, side-on plus 2 ends, from the prototype manufacturers
promotional leaflet, included in Railway Times No. 17 (see above).
For model detail parts I used:-
Diesel engine block (clearly visible on the prototype through the mesh
screen bonnet-side ventilation louvres):
Verlinden Productions #524, 1:35 GMC-Engine & Case
Etched stainless steel windshield wipers:
Detail Master #DM 2003, Wiper Blades 15 (1/24)
Scale Sports, PO Box 153, Hubertus, WI 53033, USA
Etched stainless steel mesh screen bonnet-side ventilation:
Tech Star #TC 1009 Medium Mesh #1
All of these you should be able to get at better hobby stores
specialising in military and/or drag racer modelling.
Sorry I dont have a scanner to post a picture with, but it really is a
most attractive little model, quite dwarfed by Roy Links (itself pretty
small) Bagnall 0-4-0IST #300 of 1880, the Somerset Mineral Syndicates
Brendon Hill & West Colton Adit Tramway TERRIER, with whom she
shares the fabled Crowsnest Tramway (gone west!).
If anyone is seriously interested in building their own K-12, I would be
happy to put together and mail out a photocopied photos and scale
drawings set for them.
Happy K-12(i)ng (none of this Dr. Who K-9 nonsense, please!)