A quick conversion for starters.

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    • #239790
      Alan Durham
      Participant

        To kick off this forum, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of a recent conversion.  This is a Hornby model of LBSC brake van, it is not the most refined representation but they can be picked up reasonably cheaply and I am sure that at some point in the future it will  be subjected to some form of bodgery.  In the meantime I thought I would share here to show just how easy it is to start in EM.  I simply removed the proprietary wheels installed bearings (fixed with a spot of superglue) and did a little filing for clearances.  In all probably a couple of hours work attention most.  I did have to ream out the chassis for the bearings using this rather nifty little tool, as demonstrated on a coach Bachmann coach  conversion I did some time back.

      • #239897
        Garry owen
        Participant

          HI, As a newbie to  E M, Can i ask you Where do i buy one of those nifty Drills, Thankyou

          Garry

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        • #239901
          Alan Durham
          Participant

            Hi Garry,

            This one is manufactured by a company called Knowle I believe, I seem to remember I bought it from the EMGS store.  I don’t know where else it is available but I’m sure it must be available elsewhere, and I believe DCC concepts do their own version.

            Hope this helps.

            Alan

          • #239902
            Garry owen
            Participant

              Hi Alan, Many Thanks, I shall check that out now.

              Garry

            • #239903
              Trade Officer
              Keymaster

                Hi Garry

                We did have them in the stores but the last one was sold a couple of months ago. i have been trying to locate who made them. I have finally tracked that down and am awaiting a reply to see if they are still available. If they are not then I will be getting the DCC Concepts one into the stores

                Hope that helps

                John

              • #239907
                Garry owen
                Participant

                  Hi John, that is good news, I have tracked the tool down, The exact one that is used in the above post,

                  H & A Models, They have a website.

                  Regards

                  Garry

                • #239908
                  Garry owen
                  Participant

                    Just went to the H & A website to buy one , OUT OF STOCK, But they may be able to supply the society when they order more, I hope.

                    Garry

                  • #240182
                    Trade Officer
                    Keymaster

                      I have done some research and spoken to the originator of the Knowle bearing tool, which is an improvement on an original design by a ScaleFour member some years back. Whilst he could get some made he will probably have to order around 200. A largish investment.

                      I have also been in contact with H&A. It appears they have independently improved the original design and come up with something very similar to the final design we used to sell. I have asked if they are willing to sell the Society 10 items for sale in our shop. This has been a traditionally slow moving item so I don’t want to invest too much this stage.

                      It appears that they are back in stock at H&A so if you want one quickly you can purchase from them. Hopefully I will have a number in stock after Christmas.

                      One thing to be aware of, is that there may be slight differences to the Knowle bearing tool the Society used to stock

                      John

                    • #240183
                      Trade Officer
                      Keymaster

                        Forgot to say.

                        Looking at the DCC Concepts site, it appears that their tool is actually designed to “recone” existing bearings, not to make the hole to put bearings into.

                         

                        John

                      • #240189
                        Garry owen
                        Participant

                          Thanks for the info.

                          Garry

                        • #240247
                          Trade Officer
                          Keymaster

                            I now have the pinpoint bearing tool from H&A in stock

                            John

                          • #241989
                            Robert Dewdney
                            Participant

                              I am new to EM and am finding part of the learning and expense curve is the gathering of necessary or highly desirable tools.  I have borrowed one of these briefly from another EMGS member and was uming and ahing about buying one but having read this thread I am going to take the plunge.  I hope the Trade Officer still has some.

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