Adams Radial that doesn’t look quite right

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    • #240281
      Alan Durham
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        I have posted this in the FB virtual group too, but thought I’d ask for opinions and thoughts here as well.
        <p dir=”ltr”>Apologies for the poor photograph, but I am too comfy on the sofa to get up and get this loco out of the box, hopefully it does give some illustration for my question.  This Adams Radial I purchased a while back as is, it is probably not to today’s exacting standards and I suspect it is an old k’s kit.  The issue I have is that it appears to be riding slightly too high and I did have thoughts of trying to modify the chassis and/or body to lower the ride height, however on looking closer I think this will probably be quite a major undertaking.  However following on from a conversation with a friend, it has been suggested that the wheels it is fitted with are too large and further suggested that it should be fitted with same size wheels as those fitted to an M7, I haven’t checked this yet.  So if the wheels are too big then obviously changing them may meet the desired effect, if this isn’t the case then my question is how would it look if I fitted undersized wheels? The wheels do look slightly too large when looking at the clearance under the splashers etc and they appear to be Romfords which will be relatively easy to replace.</p>

      • #240284
        Stuart Firth
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          I believe they should be 5’7″, which is the same as an M7, but it’s hard to get an impression without a side-on photo of the model. If it’s the original K’s chassis it should be OK but sometimes if you fit a better etched chassis to a cast kit it can end up too high as the chassis doesn’t take account of the thick white metal running plate. Buffer height compared to something else that you know is correct is the best bench mark.

        • #240483
          Alan Durham
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            I have decided that the wheels are definitely too big, I now have wheels of the correct size, all I’ve got to do now is swap them.  Of course that is going to result in all sorts of other things that will need to be addressed including clearances etc, I need to think about this before I start as it’s not going to be as straightforward as simply swapping the wheels, so it may be a while as I have lots of other little projects on the go.

          • #240485
            Nigel Burbidge
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              It’s not going to do any harm to fit drivers of the correct diameter.  Although crank throw may be an issue, I think this is one of those areas where you have to work through the issues one by one until you work your way out of the woods and get a good looking and running loco.  Good luck!

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