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K-12 4wD (belatedly) Rules!

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  • Mike South
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2000
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      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, I’ll 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 Beginner’s 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 manufacturer’s
      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 don’t have a scanner to post a picture with, but it really is a
      most attractive little model, quite dwarfed by Roy Link’s (itself pretty
      small) Bagnall 0-4-0IST #300 of 1880, the Somerset Mineral Syndicate’s
      ‘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!)

      Mike South
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