64372Re: [Z_Scale] Re: D51 Japanese Mikado at show yesterday.
- Feb 5, 2010Hi Garth etal,
This is a very cute and nicely detailed steamer.
Here is my first assessment:
I have used hand calipers to measure the gauge width of
the Tenshodo D51 Mikado vs the Marklin Mikado.
These are first measurements with a Mitutoyo Digital
caliper and without the benefit of a large Optical Comparator.
(So your measurements may vary).
1] There is a difference in Gauge:
D51 = .243", (6,17 mm)
Marklin Mikado = .249" (6,32 mm).
2] Wheel Flange depth:
D51 = .020", (0,51 mm)
Marklin Mikado = .030", (0,76 mm).
I will test run the D51 through MTL roadbed track later this
week when I have the time. So performance is not yet
a part of this impression.
Peculiar looking Arnold style couplers that are scaled down
from the standard N scale type. (Neither Marklin or MTL type).
Overall, a very likable little steamer. Looks like it belongs more
in the 1/240 scale realm of choo-choos though and that might be
an odd place to aim for. We'll see after the operations tests.
On Feb 5, 2010, at 9:45 AM, fredshark@... wrote:
> Thank you for the insight. I have to admit that I am a bit
> intimated by the scale warning from Hobby Search. However, I am
> using MTL track on my layout as well. So a personal examination and
> trail is in order! Thanks again.
> -----Original Message-----
> >Hi Jeff;
> >I suspect the problem with the Marklin Curved turnout is the same
> one many have with the other steamers and that is the font pilot
> comes off the rails when it hits the point of the rail to enter the
> smaller radius. It is very light and small so no room for any
> additional weight. As far as my running I have no problem with it
> on Micro Trains Roadbed track and switches and on Peco track with
> Wright turnouts and hand laid track and turnouts made using code 40
> rail and FastTrack jigs.
> >I have no Marklin track but since 2002 I have worked on the Golden
> Blackhawk and Central City RR at National shows so I am familiar
> with the track and that curved turnout can be troublesome for other
> engines as well when running against the points. If you are patient
> and gentle you can notch the rail so the point is hidden or set
> into the rail on the outside of the curved rail and this makes it
> perform better.
> >cheerz Garth
> >--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, fredshark@... wrote:
> >> Garth wrote: I had my D51 at a train show yesterday and it ran
> for 5 and a half hours straight without a stop at 2.5 volts pulling
> ten cars never got warm and other than the voltage is too small for
> the LED to really light up it was quite a hit.
> >> Garth,
> >> On the Hobby Search web site, http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/
> 10092803, there is the caveat for the D51 that states "Cannot run
> through a Marklin curve point due to partial difference in scale
> size." Have you had any difficulty running this locomotive on
> Marklin, or MTL for that matter, track? Thank you.
> >> Cheers,
> >> Jeff Walsh
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