When I attended the ECLSTS, Rich Yoder was showing off his production EBT Mikado. It's a gorgeous looking locomotive, but now that I'm retired, I find it even harder to justify spending more than I spent on my first car for an electric locomotive. The EBT had a number of Mikes. I liked the idea of building #12, as it was the smallest of the lot. Accucraft is planning to come out with one, but it won't be cheap.
I started thinking; very dangerous, I know. The Aristo-Craft Pacific has 2.5" drivers - which scale out to 50" in 1:20, compared to the 48" drivers on the EBT Mikes. So, I decided to use this as a starting point. First, I "won" a Pacific off of E-bay. It looks a bit small next to my 1:20 10-wheeler, but I sure like those drivers. I suspect I'll need another pair. ;)
I used my Scale Print utility to print out a full size (in 1:20) scale drawing of #12 to compare and to use in planning.
Another thread (http://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/11143/search/view/page/1) details my disappointment with the gauge (way off!) and the oversize flanges, but that is now corrected.
Now it's on to making it look much more like a Mikado. ;) I quickly decided that I would NOT make a scale model of the EBT locomotive. Instead, I'd use #12 and #14 as inspiration. I had drawings for both, so I could use those to get an idea of what the parts should look like. First up is the trailing truck. Looking at the one that came with the Pacific, I thought that it might work.
It sits too far back from the drivers, but overall didn't look too bad. I built a new frame to move it closer to the drivers and replaced the wheels with a 26" Sierra Valley set.
This could work:
Then some parts were fabricated from brass and styrene to change the overall appearance.
I think that's the easy part. ;) I don't think I'll be finishing any time soon, but I wanted to start a log detailing the construction; maybe I'll get some good suggestions. ;)