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    • May 2, 2009 4:02 PM EDT
      • Burke, Virginia
         
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      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. ;)

      This post was edited by Bruce Chandler at October 21, 2018 6:08 PM EDT
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    • May 2, 2009 5:51 PM EDT
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      Bruce, I think you will have a lot of fun with it, looking good so far. Be flexible on your plans, I had to change mine several times on my Challenger, as I ran into un-forseen difficulties.
    • May 2, 2009 6:21 PM EDT
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      Your off to a great start. I have no doubt that it will be a beauty when you are done.
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    • May 2, 2009 7:51 PM EDT
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      Once again I'm ready to retire!!!
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    • May 2, 2009 8:09 PM EDT

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      Cool project, and it looks like you're off to a good start! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this.
    • May 2, 2009 10:58 PM EDT
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      Very cool. Keep the updates coming...

      Jon.
    • May 3, 2009 9:18 AM EDT

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      I have one suggestion...build 2!
    • May 3, 2009 12:02 PM EDT
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      Can't wait to see it in person. Hopes it done for the "Invasion!"
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    • May 3, 2009 3:59 PM EDT
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      Thanks, guys. Ken, I'm sure it will be done for the "Invasion". I'm just not sure what year. Jerry, my plans seem to change every minute! Cale, I can build another for a mere $2 billion. ;) Here's what the truck looks like when painted.

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    • May 3, 2009 4:13 PM EDT
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      There's a LOT left to do. I thought I'd take a look at the tender next, following Jerry's advice from his Challenger conversion. The #12 tender is quite a bit shorter than the #14/15 tender.

      Though I'm leaning towards #12, I think I like the longer tender better. I have a Connie tender that's sort of available. My Mogul project didn't work out as well as I might have liked, so I'm thinking of using some parts from that mod. Here's the base of the Connie tender, against the drawing from the tender on 14.

      It's a tad short, so I'll have to splice in some styrene. It's also a bit too wide. So, I'll be cutting off the sides to get the width right.

      It's time to order some parts. It looks like Plastruct will be my best choice - I need a boiler and some other pieces parts.
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    • May 3, 2009 6:38 PM EDT
      • Bremerton, Washington
         
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      Bruce, more pictures as you go thru this rebuild, PLEASE Paul
    • May 3, 2009 10:05 PM EDT

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      Boy, that's gonna be interesting to watch progress. Don't worry about the mogul project. The boys at the TRR shops are looking forward to picking that up. That and EBT #3 are going to be next winter's projects (because I can't decide which one I want to do more).

      Later,

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    • May 3, 2009 10:19 PM EDT
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      ...man, the pressure is ON. :D :D ;)
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    • May 4, 2009 9:20 AM EDT
      • Who Ya Gonna Call?, Ft Gay, WV
         
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      Sigh........does this mean I gotta start the WV&K's Warbaby Mike now?
    • May 4, 2009 2:26 PM EDT
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      I thought you had started, Bart!
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    • May 4, 2009 3:48 PM EDT
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      Bruce, Way cool project! Did you consider EBT # 11,she was a 2-6-2,with 48'' drivers and probably wont be modeled by any one and will save you adding an extra driver. I have a plan for her in EBT book and she looks like baby # 12. I can send you a copy of plan if interested. Please keep posting your progress. Dave
    • May 4, 2009 4:42 PM EDT
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      Dave,
      I've got those drawings, thanks. I really like the Mike, so I think I'll stick with it. Not a bad idea, though.
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    • May 5, 2009 10:38 AM EDT
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      Bruce Chandler said:
      I thought you had started, Bart!
      Nope.....but I do have 4 sets of drivers fer mine.........heheheheheheh
    • May 5, 2009 11:37 AM EDT
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      Oooh. Four sets. Nice. Are you building a new frame, or just splicing on?
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    • May 5, 2009 9:40 PM EDT
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      I'm waiting for page 3 so we can discuss Star Wars.....:lol:
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